Jan. 28: Mock Parliament held; Winnipeg Monarchs won; Don Starkell died.

Mock Parliament
January 28, 1914 - The Political Equality League staged an evening of entertainment at the Walker Theatre. It included the play "A Women's Parliament", a mock parliament wherein women played the roles of politicians, with Nellie McClung as premier, debating whether or not men should get the vote. 

In the final scene, a delegation of men present their right to vote to the 'Premier' who replied: "We like delegations. We have seen a great many, and we pride ourselves on treating these delegations with the greatest courtesy and candour. We assure you that we are just as pleased to see you today as we shall be to see you at any future day. We wish to compliment this delegation on their splendid gentlemanly appearance. If without exercising the vote, such splendid specimens of manhood can be produced, such a system of affairs should not be interfered with."

The night, which also included musical entertainment and comedy skits, was well received and brought with it national media coverage.

January 28, 1935 - The 1934 -35 Winnipeg Monarchs won the world amateur hockey championship in Switzerland.

January 28, 2012 - Don Starkell died. In 1980, he and son Dana entered the Guinness World Book of Records for the longest canoe trip: 19,000 kilometers from Winnipeg to the Amazon River.

Jan. 27: Manitoba women get the vote; S.R. Henderson died; Pierre's Restaurant opened.

January 27, 1916 - The Manitoba Legislature unanimously passed a bill to give most Manitoba women the right to vote; a first in Canada. For more, see "Give us our due: How Manitoba women won the vote".

January 27, 1928 - S. R. Henderson, 64, died of natural causes at at his North Kildonan home.

Henderson was a descendant of one of East Kildonan's original homesteading families and worked tirelessly for many community organizations ranging from horticultural societies to John Black Church and the municipal council. He was also the first president of the Manitoba Good Roads Association and for 18 years worked to promote road maintenance throughout the province during the early years of the private automobile.

The Free Press reported the following day: “He was always on the side of progress, looking ahead and anticipating good results and general benefits from some project that to others might have seemed without merit".

Both Henderson Highway and Essar Avenue, (his initials spelled out), are named for him.

January 27, 1955 - Mayor George Sharpe cut the ribbon to officially open Pierre's Restaurant. The building hosted number of restaurant and night club concepts over the years. The last was the Palomino Club, which opened in 1988. it was demolished in 2016.

January 27, 1993 - The Provincial Archives of Manitoba became the permanent home of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives.

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Jan. 26 - Pogue's carburetor; Daerwood School opened; Tilley family killed; RCA Museum.

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January 26, 1920 - The Tilley family of Winnipeg was killed in a train crash near Corbeil, Ontario.

January 26, 1924 - The Canadian Red Ensign was officially recognized as Canada’s flag. It would remain so until 1965.

January 26, 1936 - Two Winnipeg businessmen, Tom Breen of Breen Motors and Mr. Kickley of Dominion Motors, announced to the world that they were in the final stages of testing a carburetor that gets 200 miles per gallon. The inventor, Winnipegger Charles Pogue, had been working on the project since the 1920’s and had obtained four patents on it.

There are numerous explanations as to why it never went into production; ranging from it being a hoax to being too complicated for a motorist to use. The Canadian military tested it in the 1940s but called it off when they found that the device needed to be 'constantly adjusted'.

Pogue would continue inventing and obtained 300 more patents in his lifetime. Further reading about his carburetor: here and here.

January 26, 1951 - Daerwood School in Selkirk was officially opened. For more about its history.

January 26, 1962 - The National Artillery Museum of Canada opened at CFB Shilo. It's one of the country's largest military museums and boasts the largest collection of Canadian-made military vehicles.

Jan. 25: Wilfred Bonin hanged; Swan River's Billy Beal; Captain Kennedy died.

January 25, 1890 - Writer, explorer and HBC employee Captain William Kennedy died. His former house on River Road near Lockport is a provincial heritage site. (Also see.)

January 25, 1927 - 24 year-old Wilfred Bonnin is hanged in Winnipeg for the murder of Maurice Garvie (above) during a bank robbery on May 28, 1926. (For more on the robbery.)

Billy Beal's self portrait

January 25, 1968 - Billy Beal died. In 1906 he immigrated to the Swan River area of Manitoba, the first African American to settle in the region. He was a carpenter, writer, photographer and secretary-treasurer of the local school division for nearly 40 years. In 2011, the region's library was named for him. (Also see my Free Press feature on him.)

January 25, 1988 - The A.E. McKenzie Company Building on 9th Street in Brandon is designated a Provincial Heritage Site.

January 25, 1988 - The Trappist Monastery Ruins, rue du Monastére, St. Norbert, is designated a Provincial Heritage Site.

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Jan. 24: Rose Eiler killed; St. B train wreck; Tuxedo is incorporated; Jack Matheson died.

January 24, 1913 - "Tuxedo" is incorporated as a town. It was a subdivision created by Frederick William Huebach and the Tuxedo Park Company Limited which he founded in 1905. Also see here and here.

January 24, 1916
- Three crew members are killed when two trains collide in St. Boniface. Read more here.

January 25, 1939, Winnipeg Tribune

January 24, 1939 - Winnipeg is shocked by the murder of six year-old Rose Eiler. The Tribune wrote: "All the resources of the police were mustered today in an effort to track down the unidentified slayer of of 6 year old Rose Mary Eiler, choked to death with her own underwear which the marauder stuffed in her mouth to stop her cries as he ransacked her father's suite Tuesday night and carried off some mysterious papers."

It didn't take long for police to zero in on the father as the culprit. Going through a messy divorce, he cooked up a fake robbery to remove valuables from his suite so that it wouldn't be part of the settlement. Things went wrong when the child suffocated.

Steve Eiler received a nine month sentence and hung himself in prison just weeks into his sentence.. (To read more about the Eiler case.)

January 24, 2011
- Jack Matheson died. The long-time sports reporter began his career with the Winnipeg Tribune in 1947 and remained there until its demise in 1980. (Also see.) 

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Jan 23: Vics win the Stanley Cup; Queen Vic dies; Officer down.

January 23, 1902 - The Winnipeg Victorias won the second game in a best of three series against the Toronto Wellingtons to win the 1901-02 Stanley Cup. The games took place on January 21 and January 23, 1902 at the Winnipeg Auditorium. The Vics won both by a score of 5 - 3.

This was the third and final Stanley Cup for the Vics. They also won it in 1896 and 1900-01.

January 23, 1901 - The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. See coverage in the Morning Telegram.

January 23, 1978 - RCMP Constable Dennis Anthony Onofrey, 27, is shot to death after responding to a stolen truck report in Virden, Manitoba.   

January 23, 1991 - The Bombers’ Mike Riley is named CFL coach of the year.

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Jan. 22: CFL's first commisioner; St. James Civic Centre; Minto Armouries burn.

January 22, 1956 - The deal to establish a single Canadian Football League is finalized at a meeting at the Royal Alexandra Hotel on Main Street. Winnipegger G. Sydney Halter is chosen to be the league's first commissioner. (Read more about Halter in my Winnipeg Free Press article.)

January 22, 1948 - William Coates died. A butcher by trade, he created a chain of meat shops that operated in the city from 1903 - 1925.

January 22, 1956 - At around 5:30 a.m. a fire started in the Minto Armouries on St. Matthews Ave. The $600,000 blaze injured two fireman and killed Battalion Chief Andrew Hebenton.(Image: Jan 23, 1956, Winnipeg Tribune.)

January 22, 1966 - The arena portion of the St. James Civic Centre opened. The rest of the facility opened in stages through the year. (Image: Oct. 13, 1964, Winnipeg Free Press.)

January 22, 1986 - St. Elijah Romanian Greek Orthodox Church, R.M. of Shellmouth, near Inglis was designated a Provincial Heritage Site.

January 22, 2004 - Sybil Shack died. She was a writer, teacher and principal of a number of Winnipeg's largest schools. Check out her digitized fonds at the U of M Archives.

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Jan. 21: KY-58 signs off; Bomber great Herb Gray; Winston Churchill speaks.

January 21, 1901 - A young British journalist named Winston Churchill spoke at the Winnipeg Theatre. Locals became familiar with him after reading his syndicated reportage of the Boer War in local papers. For more about his visit.

January 21, 1951
- Yvon Dumont was born in St. Laurent. In 1993, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, the first Metis to hold that post.

January 21, 2004 - CKY Radio at 580 AM signed off for the last time. It was created by the province of Manitoba in 1923, but the call signs were taken over and made into a commercial station by Moffat Communications in 1949. Its new incarnation is 102.3 Clear FM. More about CKY.

January 21, 2011 - Bomber great Herb Gray died. The Texas-born All-American was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1955 but received a better offer from the Blue Bombers. In nine seasons he won four Grey Cups. Read his Texas obituary.

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Jan 20: Albert Cohen; Ellen Douglass Shool; King George dies.

January 20, 1914 - Albert Cohen was born in the North End. In 1947, he and brother Sam opened the Surplus Army And Navy store on Main Street. By 1961 the parent company GENDIS was a coast-to-coast retailer with SAAN, Metropolitan and Greenberg stores. Cohen died in 2011. For more about the life of Albert Cohen.

January 20, 1936 - Manitoba's flags flew at half mast at the news that King George V died from pneumonia. The Prince of Wales became King Edward VIII.

January 20, 1961 - The Ellen Douglass School / Child Guidance Clinic of Winnipeg opened on Elgin Avenue.

January 20, 1982 - The Courthouse and Community Building, 306 Fischer Avenue, The Pas, was designated a Provincial Heritage Site.

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Jan. 19: Brandon's Sun; Greenway is premier; CFL formed; Winnipeg's first council meeting.

January 19, 1874 - At 12 noon the first meeting of Winnipeg's City Council took place on the second floor of ‘Bentley's’, a newly constructed building on the northwest corner of Portage and Main.

January 19, 1882 - The Brandon Sun Weekly begans publication - this is even before the city of Brandon was incorporated ! It was a forerunner to today's Brandon Sun. Here's a May 1884 edition to peruse.

January 19, 1888 - Thomas Greenway (Lib) became Premier of Manitoba and served until January 6, 1900. A prize-winning rancher from the WestMan area, he is also in the Manitoba Agriculture Hall of Fame.

January 19, 1958 - At a meeting in Winnipeg's Royal Alex Hotel, the Canadian Football Council withdraws from Canadian Rugby Union and becomes the Canadian Football League. (For more see my post on Winnipeg's Syd Halter, the first CFL commissioner.)

January 19, 1996 - The board of the National Hockey League approved the move of the Winnipeg Jets to Phoenix. (See Winnipeg Jets Memorial Site.)

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Jan. 18: Haselemere fire; Art Gallery opens; Transcona Shops open; Plum Coulee becomes a village.

January 18, 1901 - Plum Coulee was incorporated as a village.

January 18, 1913
- The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway's Transcona Shops officially opened. 

January 18, 1916 - Manitoba's first Girl Guide company was registered in Winnipeg. 

January 18, 1925 - James Stuart, considered one of Manitoba's "Fathers of Electrification", died. Also see James Stuart Electrifies Winnipeg.

January 18, 1972 - The Winnipeg Art Gallery opened to the general public.

It was officially opened on September 24, 1971 during a Royal Tour of Princess Margaret and her husband the Earl of Snowdon, but due to a series of labour strikes had fallen months behind schedule and much of the building was not yet completed. It was closed after the Royals left to finish the work.

January 18, 1974 - The Haselmere Apartments fire on Ellice Avenue killed nine people. It is the second deadliest fire in Winnipeg's history.

January 19, 1977 - The original Original Food Bar building on Main Street was destroyed by fire.

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Jan. 17: Brandon's deadliest fire; Stoney hangs; International airport opens.

January 17, 1916 - Four people were killed and at least six more are injured in the Syndicate Block fire in Brandon. See Brandon's deadliest fire.

January 17, 1951 - Walter Stoney (38) was hanged at Headingley for killing his girlfriend, Mrs. Martha Perreault (31) with a pick axe.

Back on March 12, 1950 Perreault, a widow with three children, visited Stoney in his room at the National, (now ManWin), Hotel on Main Street. The two played cards, drank and eventually began to fight.

The following day, Stoney was was found badly injured on the nearby CPR tracks and taken to hospital. Investigators visited his hotel room in an attempt to piece together what happened. There, they found Perrault's body hidden under the bed. She had been stabbed more than 25 times.

When confronted in hospital he admitted to killing her and trying to kill himself by stepping on front of a train. At his trial he tried to plead insanity, claiming that the alcohol mixed with some pills that Perrault had given him left him with no memory of the night. He was found fit to stand trial.

Airport's Opening Ceremony, January 1964 (source)

January 17, 1964 - The official opening of the Winnipeg International Airport ook place in front of an audience of 1,200 people. Aside from the usual speeches, a bust of the late Captain Frederick Stevenson was unveiled by his three sisters. For more on the old airport.

January 17, 1970 - The Richardson Building's Observation Gallery opened. Located on the 31st floor, the gallery operated evenings and Saturdays. The cost of admission was 50 cents. The gallery operated until 1989.

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Jan. 16: Manitoba's first female undertaker; Fire in Roblin; Lauzon's butcher shop.

January 16, 1906 - J. B. Lauzon opened his butcher shop in his newly constructed Lauzon's Block on William Avenue.

January 16, 1908 – Winnipeg Firefighter John Hector Stewart died at his home on Jarvis Avenue. Stewart sustained severe frostbite at the Bright and Johnston Block fire on Bannatyne in December 1907 and never recovered. He was a five-year veteran of the force and just 29 years old.

January 16, 1918 - Albert C. Ross of Winnipeg dies in battle.

January 16, 1922 - Violet Guymer, (1885-1955), of The Pas became the first female licensed funeral director and embalmer in Canada. When her funeral director husband died and left her with six children to raise, she decided to take over the family business, Draymen and Contractors, Undertakers.

Guymer's daughter and granddaughter wrote a biography called the Quite an Undertaking: The story of Violet Guymer, Canada's First Female Licensed Funeral Director. (Available at the library.)

January 16, 1943 - A fire in downtown Roblin destroyed the Roblin Theatre, Manitoba Co-operative Egg Pool and the county clerk's office. The fire began at 10:30 am and thought to be doused but it flared up again at 9 pm. There were 50 people in the theatre at the time but all escaped safely.

January 16, 1951 - Seymour James Farmer died. He was the 34th Mayor of Winnipeg, (1923, 1924), and went on to become the leader of Manitoba's Social Credit Party. He served briefly as a minister in John Bracken's coalition of the early 1940s.

January 16, 1976 - Eva Leadbetter died. A member of the Salvation Army and resident of the West End, she worked tirelessly to feed, house and give comfort to families during the Depression and World War II. For more on the Saint of Burnell Street.

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Jan. 15: Macri hangs; Leo Mol; 49th Parallel opens; St. Thomas' closes.

January 15, 1907 - Salvatore Macri is hanged in Winnipeg for murder.

Macri and a few other Italian immigrants were walking home from 566 Young Street after an evening of drinking and playing cards. One of the group, John Roelli, was stabbed to death near Young and Portage. Macri was blamed, but no motive was provided by the Crown making it “unique in the annals of crime in Western Canada” according to The Morning Telegram of Jan 16, 1907.

Could prejudice against immigrants have been at play ? It was reported that Sheriff Inkster received 13 requests from members of the general public looking to be the executioner. The Telegram reported, perhaps tongue in cheek, that “The amazing part …. Is that a majority of them were Anglo-Saxon."

January 15, 1908 - Manitoba Government Telephones, the forerunner to MTS, took over the Manitoba assets of the Bell Telephone Company in Manitoba. For more on the early telephone system in Manitoba and in Brandon.

January 15, 1910 - The former Security Storage Building on Ellice Avenue opened. It also served as the first HMCS Chippawa, a naval recruiting and training centre during World War II, and is currently home to the John Howard Society.

January 15, 1915 - Artist and sculptor Leonid Molodozhanyn, "Leo Mol", was born in Ukraine. After studying in Europe he came to Canada in 1949 and settled in Winnipeg in 1954. He died in 2009.

January 15, 1943 - The movie 49th Parallel opened in Winnipeg. Set in Manitoba, with a number of its sequences filmed here, it had an all-star cast that included Leslie Howard, Lawrence Olivier, Glynis Johns, Canadian actor Raymond Massey, and former Winnipegger Carla Lehmann. It won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

January 15, 1975 - Rush played with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. It was one of a series of concerts to celebrate the opening of the Winnipeg Convention Centre. The headline group, Motown's Rare Earth, backed out at the last minute due to illness.

January 15, 2012 - The final church service was held at St. Thomas' Anglican Church in Lockport.

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Jan. 14: Kelly Block burns; Eaton's catalogue disappears; Sanford's elevator demolished.

January 14, 1911 - The Kelly Block / Kilgour Block, also, at 181 Bannatyne Avenue, between Main and Rorie Streets, burned. Temperatures in the -40s hampered firefighters and the building was completely gutted. Built in 1904 for Thomas Kelly and Joseph Maw, it was renovated back to health later that year and is now called the Kilgour Block. Today it is the Lofts on Bannatyne condos.

January 14, 1976 - The T. Eaton Company announced that the iconic Eaton’s catalogue will be discontinued. The first edition was printed in 1884, the final one in 1976.

January 14, 1981 – The first patient was admitted to the Seven Oaks General Hospital. First proposed in 1969, the plan got bogged down in a debate over whether it should be a hospital or a health clinic. Construction finally began on the $32 million, 336 bed facility in 1977 and it was officially opened in September 1980. A series of delays with equipment installation pushed back the admission of the first patients.
January 14, 2019 - Sanford, Manitoba's grain elevator was demolished.

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