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That was the year that there were two million bushels of grain grown on the Plains and marketed in Portage In Prairie. Of this, the bulk was wheat, with oats and barley coming second and third respectively. Forty and fifty bushels to the acre for a whole farm was not uncommon.
The pictures shown here are self explana tory regarding the machines and method of harvesting at that time.
South of the town could be seen a line of trees - oak, ash, elm, maple, cottonwood and poplar, outlining the course of the Assiniboine River. Vast quantities of wood from these trees provided excellent cordwood for home consumption, and for export to Winnipeg and Brandon.
The outline of a prosperous town rose between the tracks and a bayou of the Assiniboine River.
The Lake of the Woods Milling Co. in Portage was ra ted the largest and best equipped mill west of Toronto. This firm shipped flour by the carload lots to all points west as far as the Pacific Coast.
The oatmeal mill, the pioneer of its kind in Manitoba, ran day and night in an attempt to supply the demand for that product.
Down by the Assiniboine River was the large Portage Paper Mill, which manufactured all brands of heavy wrapping and building paper. The plant of machinery originally cost $30,000. The capacity of the mill was over five tons per day.
Much building was being done and planing mills were kept constantly busy.