September 20: Phil Fontaine born; Minnedosa's railway; James Ross dies.

September 20th, 1883 - Minnedosa passes a bylaw to issue $20k in debentures to purchase land for the track, right of way and necessary service buildings for the Manitoba and North Western Rail Road Company.

Also see: Manitoba and Northwest Railway and Early Minnedosa: The Crossing, the Town and the Railway.

September 20, 1871 - James Ross dies. He served in a number of important roles in Red River’s early history. At times he was co-owner and editor of the Nor’Wester, Manitoba's first newspaper, sheriff, postmaster and Governor of the Gaol. He also served as chief justice in Louis Riel’s provisional government of 1870.

September 20, 1944 - Phil Fontaine is born on the Sagkeeng First Nation. He was elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in 1989, 1991 and 1994 and served as Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations from 1997 - 2000.

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