Vassar's first inhabitants settled in 1896 with the railroad's arrival. It is commonly believed that Vassar got its name after the first-born son of one of the first inhabitants, the Carpenters.
The first store, post office, and school were all built in the early 1900s. A hotel was built in the late 1920s and parts of that building are incorporated into a current motel.
- "Communities of the Rural Municipality of Piney Vassar, Manitoba". Retrieved 2007-01-21.
- Geographical Names of Manitoba - Vassar (pg. 281) :published by Conservation Manitoba 2008
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