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Church in the district.

Mr. Stuart Linwood Batt was Manitoba's oldest resident when he celebrated his 108th birthday in 1968. He might even have been Canada's most senior citizen.

When Mr. Batt came to Can­ ada from England he purchased a homestead in the Lakeland dis­ trict, and loved the land so much that he didn't retire until he was 103 years of age! A truly re­ markable man, and one that was loved by everyone who knew him.

He was one who could recall historical events that took place in Canada and the World during his lifetime, and took a keen in­ terest in world affairs.

As he was one of the first homesteaders in the Lakeland district, he helped build their first school and served as a trus­ tee for many years. He also

helped to build the first Anglican

The Daily Graphic, December 14, 1968, said, "When he cele­ brated his 107th birthday December 3, 1967, he was heard to remark, "Houses in town are good but I'd rather have the old cook-stove and cut and carry the wood for it."

This beloved old gentleman didn't live to celebrate his 109th birthday. He passed away in the Portage Ia Prairie General Hospital after a short illness. Left to mourn his passing was his loving wife, the former Harriet Isabelle Mayor, seven daughters, four sons, 29 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren.

Where hills don't hide the sunset, And clouds don't dim the truth, There's as much joy in living Years of age, as years of youth.

Anne M. Collier