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stained with oil. So far, the elements have not obliterated the tell-tale stains!

I t might also interest you to know that one of these stones was shipped to Charlottetown and given a place of honor on the grounds of the Fathers of Confederation complex; a tangible link between the prairies and the birthplace of Confedera tion.


The first City Hall, which is shown here, was an important addition to Portage in 1881. Jos. Bowes, a carpenter who settled here helped to build it as well as the Bell View Hotel (later known as the Merchants Hotel).

W. R. Black, barrister and attorney-at-law, opened a law office, and G. W. Bourne and T. Toddington were in a real estate business in 1881.

V. Straube was manufacturing tinware and copperware, while also practicing his profession as a locksmith, and J. F. Rowe was the