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J. O. Cadham

From 1882 to 1950 the store was known around the country for its qual­ ity merchandise and the business ethics of its management. This store is now owned and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Gordon VV. Snider who have earned the same good business reputation as the previous proprietors. Next time you happen to look up and see the "Snider Hardware Ltd." sign, maybe you will give a little thought to the history of this establishment. (Pictured here is Mr. J. O. Cadham.)

In the year 1882 Portage la Prairie had three banks, five loan and invest­ ment companies and nine jobbing houses.


It will be interesting news to Portagers to know that in 1882 the Manitoba Legislature passed an act to incorporate the Portage la Prairie Street Railway Company. The act is printed in Statutes of 1882.

The incorporators were N. H. Stevens, John Boultbee, E. "V.

Snider, F. W. Lipsett, W. R. Black, John Rankin and John A. Little, and the capital stock of the company was placed at $75,000.00 in shares of $50.00 each. Construction was to be commenced as soon as one third of the capital stock was subscribed and ten percent thereof paid up.

The act empowered the construction of double or single tracks along such highways as authorized by the city to use, to carry passengers and freight and to operate either by power or animal force. The act states that the rails should be laid flush with the streets and highways, and the rails conform with the grades of the same, to prevent impediment of ordinary traffic.

An interesting clause in the act is to the effect that the company may substitute sleighs for railway carriages during the winter months upon the route of their railway. It also provides that a passenger refusing to leave a car or carriage after being requested to do so by the conductor shall be liable to a fine of $5.00 and in default of pay­ ment to imprisonment of not more than twenty days.