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were blown from the track at the M. & N. station, and almost demolished; telegraph and telephone wires were blown down and com­ munication between Winnipeg or one's neighbors was cut off; Bailey's, Carsel's, Watson's, and other smokestacks and chimneys took a tumble; a stable at the back of Newman's store was blown over and some colts injured; "Billy" Smith's machine shop was overturned

One of our prominent implement men was blown from the sidewalk into the ditch at Knox church. Considering the weight of the gentleman and the size of his feet the wind must have been blow­ ing at a brisk rate to accomplish the feat. He lit right side up without care.

A young lady, just out from Ontario, was offered assistance to her boarding place by a strange gen tleman on the street. She refused to accept the kindness, but says she never would again as the wind was terrible.

One of our well-known business men found a woman, as he puts it, "cot" on the street. Every time she got up and took a step or two the wind whipped her clothes around her and down she went again. He escorted her home."

According to stories told (which may be true or not) this same kindly gentleman, in later years, was enjoying a ride on a country road in one of the first tin Lizzies (as Fords were nicknamed at that time). The road was narrow and his car was on a dangerous angle when he pulled over to let a larger, newer model, oncoming car go by. As they inched their way, the fellow in the big car looked disdainfully at the tin Lizzie and shouted, "What's causing all that rattle, rube?" You've got to hand it to the fast thinking of the Portager who shouted back, "That is just the money in my pocket because I didn't buy a car like yours!"

As we look back, in this Manitoba Centennial year, we are proud to say, "Portage Ia Prairie has never, and will never, take a back seat to any ci ty in the Dominion of Canada when it comes to riding the bumps of adversity, whether it be war, storms, cyclones, fire Of flood."

AN OVER-ALL PICTURE OF PORTAGE IN 1892

1892 was a time when great wheat fields, separated by threadlike wire fences, were chequered with rows of stooks, where the grain stood ready to be stacked when dried. Noisy binders moved around diminishing squares of standing grain. Men in the fields stooked as the sheaves fell from each binder.

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