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We might even assume that Radisson and Groseilliers were in this area - due to the fact that historians have stated that their canoes were manned by Assiniboine Indians. Therefore, there is strong presumptive evidence that they must have gathered furs around the Assiniboine River. In "A Brief History of the Hudson's Bay Co.H, from which some of the above information was obtained, it does not mention the fort that the Company had at Portage Ia Prairie or the store which was reported in a Free Press paper (1960) to be "one of the handsomest stores west of Winnipeg. B
The Portage Graphic paper (May 25, 1951) printed the fol lowing:
"For many years before the settlers moved into the West the Hudson's Bay Company operated quite a business at Portage la Prairie. It dated back to the 1700's.
In 1796 the Company established its first fort on the south bank of the Assiniboine River, approximately 3 miles southwest of the present city of Portage la Prairie.
In 1832, "The Old Fort" shown in this picture was established by the Hudson's Bay Company on the north bank of the Assiniboine River approximately 3 miles southwest of the present city of Portage la Prairie.
Mr. J. D. McKay, who was better known by the name of 'Dougall' was in charge of the Hudson's Bay store when it was located at this old fort. One of his unforgettable experiences there was when Riel's men came up from Winnipeg, bound him and looted the store. He naturally had a few anxious moments wondering if they were going to kill him! However, he happily discovered they