The Last Moments of The Albion Hotel

On Mothers Day, May 8th, 1983, every mother in town received the present they were hoping for. The end of the storied Albion Hotel. Built in 1883 by brothers John and Angus McLeod, the hotel stood for 100...

A Perfectly Preserved One Room Schoolhouse

West of Portage la Prairie, and a little Northwest of Austin is Edrans. Not much of a town, more a of a district.  It's there we met up with Robert Smith, whose Great Grandfather, a homesteader in the area,...

The Epic Metropolitan Fire

Sunday, July 26, 1976 saw the end of the Metropolitan Store (The Met).  The Met was a a hub of activity in the downtown. A five and dime type dollar store and lunch counter is what I remember. There's...

Prisoner of War Camp @ Newton Manitoba

Did anyone know there was a World War Two Prisoner of War Camp at Newton, Manitoba? This video highlights a local collectors discovery  of an artifact revealing some of the history of this camp.  You never...

Yosh 7 – Winter

With the arrival of winter this week, The Hoop and Holler thought it only appropriate to look back with Yosh Tashiro at some… well… SNOW. More snow clearing on Saskatchewan Avenue. Again, look at the...

The Great War Myth

I recently listened to a Manitoba Member of Parliament offer his narrative on the meaning of the Great War. He affirmed that the soldiers of the lost generation went into combat to preserve the Canadian values...

November 11

With Remembrance Day approaching, we take a look back with Yosh Tashiro, at some of the images surrounding the Cenotaph and the military presence in Portage over the years. Saluting the fallen as school...

Halloween

Here’s a few of Yosh’s snaps from Halloween past. The archive, albeit vast and full of treasures often lacks accompanying info. Let us know if you know anything about these “scary” photos. Now here's...

Don’t Drink and Drive?

Here is the latest image that James Kostuchuk dug out of the Yosh Tashiro archive at PCI.  It's... well... an odd promotion.  Perhaps not well thought through.   1980 "The more beer you...

Let’s Go Bowling!

The building that the Portage and District Arts Centre sits, was once Portage la Prairie's  "...most modern building", housing the epic Delta Lanes 10-Pin Bowling Alley. Here's a look from the Yosh...

Yosh 3 – Elevator Fires

Remember all the elevators along the tracks. A few went up in flames. Here’s a look at one of the Pool elevators going up. If you were there, let us know. We’d love to hear about what you saw that...

Yosh 4 Elevators and Overpass

Here is our final installment in our theme of the overpass and grain elevators from the Yosh Tashiro Archive. Skyline Bridge under construction Looking East along Fisher from about 6th street. Are...

Ran Out Of Money In Portage la Prairie

Famed super-hero, Captain Canuck, has recently made the news with a new comic book release in time for Canada Day and a movie in development.  It’s creator, Richard Comely is a proud former Portage la...

If Chester The City Hall Mouse Had A Bell

If I Had a Bell The big ol’ bell at the top of City Hall used to ring at 9:00 in the morning, callin’ the children to school I guess; 12:00 noon, to let everyone know it was lunch time; 6:00 in the p.m....

Aerial Photos – Flood 1956

  Here's a great set of photos from the Tashiro Archive. They were all labelled under one title so if anyone can identify the locations, let us know.   Yosh index 7394. Date April 24, 1956....

It’s 142 Years of EX-cellent

It definitely feels like summer. And with this perfect weather comes the arrival of the 142nd PortageX. Western Canada's longest running summer fair starts Friday, July 4 and runs until July 6 on the island...

Now Playing…

With summer here, movie goers can expect the usual run of big Hollywood summer blockbusters. Often, these films are long on flash bang and short on just about everything else. We thought we'd Transformer our...

Captain Canuck Creator From Portage

AMHS year book photo. Did the inspiration for Captain Canuck come during a daydreaming session at Arthur Meighen High School in the mid to late sixties?  Richard Comely, creator of Captain Canuck,...

North End Corner Sees It All Over The Years

  Mike Stiegler serving one of his friends. In the age of big box stores, franchises, and on-line shopping, Portage’s north-end hangs on to a throw-back retail experience, the corner...