Clydesdale stallion takes first prize in Portage la Prairie

Our History: June 1888

vintage newspaper article

The front page of the June 1888 issue of The Nor-West Farmer and Manitoba Miller featured the Clydesdale stallion “Splendour” owned by Mr. James Walker, Esq. It had captured the first prize and diploma at Portage la Prairie, and was son of the Prince Imperial, which won first prize at the Royal International Show in London.

In other brief news notes in that issue:

  • A number of farmers spoke highly of the Adams Burning Cooking Stove, recently on display in Winnipeg. “In a country where wood is so scarce, it is certainly a great boon to farmers to be able to utilize straw.”
  • However, the next item read: “Within the last few weeks several farm buildings have been burnt chiefly through careless and unskilful burning of straw within close reach of the premises.”
  • At the North Oak’s sale in May, J.J. Hill sold 37 pedigreed Shorthorns at an average price of $388, with the highest cow making $1,550.
  • Mr. Alex Taylor of Carberry had sold his farm on Big Plain in 1885, but after two years of travelling California, Oregon and B.C., had returned to Big Plain and bought another farm for $8 per acre, “which he thinks is a bargain.”
    “Mr. Taylor’s objection to Manitoba in the first instance was the cold winters, but he finds on thorough investigation that these countries have as many if not greater objections.”

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