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Sacrifice is the greatest proof of this. High Bluff gained in stature because of them, but was made poorer by their absence.
Due to progress in modes of transportation, speedy communica tion and advanced education, another little village is living in its glorious memories of the past. The history of any village contains an element of nostalgia.
Before time runs ou t and men are completely engulfed in a speedy stream that rushes ever onward, with never a moment to lower the sails and search ou t treasures of the past, let us record the names of High Bluff pioneers. We do not have a complete list and our apologies are extended to any family whose ancestral name is omitted due to unavailable information.
We have been given conflicting dates on the arrival of John Norquay at High Bluff - 1862 and 1870. Either date makes him a pioneer settler so whichever is correct is not too important. The important thing is that he became a very notable man, not only in the district but in the province, by being elected to the first Legis lative Assembly of the Province of Manitoba and later becoming its Premier (1878).
Charles and Thomas Anderson are recorded as being constables in High Bluff in 1864.
1869 saw the arrival of James Harkness and James Howie. (The west half of High Bluff Village is situated on the latter gentle man's original homestead, and the home he built on it was the first house erected north of the two-mile limit.)
Gardner Greenlay came with Sir Garnet Wolseley in 1870 and served with the military police in Portage before homesteading in High Bluff.
Others who came in 1870 were: George and Joseph Cadman, Maxwell Wilton (who later served the Rural Municipality as Coun cillor and Reeve for nine years) and James Henry Vollet.
While we do not have the date of arrival of Donald McKay we know he was among the first settlers by the fact that he was working a farm before the land was surveyed.
J ames Stewart was another of the early settlers. Fortunately a son, William M. Stewart, who is now 93 years of age, has a clear memory of his boyhood years, and remembers happenings re counted by his parents. We hope that the brief narrative which follows will be of interest, not only to those who know the Stewarts but to all who are appreciative of history.