(1891-Present) The community of Manchester became Melita when it moved to be beside the railway.
- Manchester to Melita
- The most successful of the Sourisford communities 1881 - Present [[inline:right:manchester-melita]] Today Melita is the largest town in the Rural Municipality of Arthur. However, this was not always the case and in the early days of settlement it was not clear which service centres would thrive and flourish into important centers and which ones would not. Sourisford was the first economic centre for settlers in the area. Situated beside the Boundary Commission Trail where it crossed the Souris River, Sourisford was not much more than a stopping place with a few services. As settlement spread northward from Sourisford, entrepreneurial homesteaders …
- Melita Robbery
- A Midnight Crime Hits Southwest Manitoba . . . September 1923 One night in late September 1923 the town of Melita came to life with the pealing of the alarm bell in the middle of the night. As townsfolk stumbled onto the street to survey the scene, it was clear that it was already much too late to stop the robbery that had just taken place on Main Street. [[inline:left:northern-bank]] When a group of six to 10 bandits first entered the town in the very early hours of a Saturday morning, everything was silent. They headed first to the town's …