Once upon a time a young painter from Belgium travelled to Canada with her mother and sister to meet her brother. The year was 1906 and this was quite a trip.
The young lady’s name was Mademoiselle Manir Boulanger. It wasn’t long before she met a young man named Eugene Polet and her name became Madame Manir Polet.
Eugene Polet had a brother named Maurice Polet. He was a civil engineer with the railway and he had the power to name railway stations. He thought the name Manir would do nicely for a station near a little town called Woking, Alberta.
And that is how a Peace Country railway station came to be named after a Belgian painter.
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