November 23: Neepawa is incorporated; Riverton poet Guttormur Guttormsson.

Neepawa, Manitoba
November 23, 1883 - The Town of Neepawa is incorporated. 

It began as a small settlement along the Saskatchewan Trail, a cart route linking the Red River Colony with what is now Saskatchewan.  When the CPR’s development plans for the area were released in 1882, it showed the line bypassing the community by 5 kilometers. Area leaders offered the railway incentives -  including $16,000 in cash – to amend the plans and have the lines pass through the town.  

The name Neepawa is an anglicized version of the Cree word abundance or plenty.

November 23, 1966 - Riverton's Guttormur Jónsson Guttormsson dies. Despite having just an elementary school education he became a celebrated poet and playwright in the Icelandic language. 

His work is notable for its satire and wit. For a look at his poem "The Winnipeg Icelander" check out Blog's post.

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