September 16: City clock unveiled; Bisons open University Stadium; Pope at Bird's Hill; Alfred Boyd, first "premier".

Winnipeg City Hall
September 16, 1974 - Winnipeg's city hall clock is unveiled. It was a centennial birthday gift to Winnipeg from the Molson Group of Companies, which included Molson Brewery, Beaver Lumber and Willson's Stationers.

September 16 1870 - Winnipeg businessman Alfred Boyd (1836-1908) becomes Manitoba's first 'premier'. The title was actually "Provincial Secretary in the Executive Council and Chief Minister". It would be another four years before the Chief Minister became part of the government, thus making them a Premier.

Boyd Street in Winnipeg is named for him.

September 16, 2006 - The final ex-WREN reunion dinner is held in Winnipeg. The Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) was created in 1942 and disbanded in 1946.

September 16, 1914 - The Canadian Aviation Corps, forerunner to the RCAF, is created under the command of Sir Sam Hughes.

University Stadium
September 16, 1967 - The University of Manitoba Bisons play their first regular season football game at University Stadium. They beat the UBC Thunderbirds 9 - 0.

September 16, 1935
- Streetcar service to Charleswood ends. It is replaced by bus service.


September 16, 1984 - Pope John Paul II celebrates mass in front of 150,000 people at Bird’s Hill Park. His homily included the following:

"Manitoba itself truly reflects a variety of many different cultures. Besides its population of British origin and French origin - in addition to native peoples - so many other Western countries are represented here….

The historical experience of the two founding peoples of Canada who bound themselves to live in mutual respect for the unique cultural identity of each other has providentially created that atmosphere of respect for cultural diversity which characterizes Canada today. In her own multicultural interaction, Canada not only offers to the world a creative vision of society but she also has a splendid opportunity to show consistency between what she believes and what she does."

September 15: RWB's new HQ; Brandon alderman Rhoda Tennant; Red River Co-op formed..

September 15, 1925 - Bus service begins to the outskirts of Elmwood.

Norlyn Building
September 15, 1952 - The Royal Winnipeg Ballet open their new headquarters on the top floor of the Norlyn Building at 309 Hargrave. On June 8, 1954 the space was destroyed in the Time Building fire. The Company lost everything; costumes, sets, original choreography and music scores and $10,000 in music.

September 15, 1970 - Rhoda Tennant dies. She was elected as Brandon's first female alderman at the height of the Depression.


September 15, 1937 - The Charter for the Red River Cooperators Cooperative Supply, now known as Red River Co-op, is signed. For its first couple of decades it was primarily a fuel supply business. (For more on the history of Red River Co-op.)

September 14: Rehab Hospital opens; Convocation Hall rededicated; Bedman's invention.

Rehab Hospital
September 14, 1962 - The Manitoba Sanatorium Board opens the Rehabilitation and Respiratory Hospital on Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg.

Convocation Hall
September 14, 2007 - Convocation Hall in Wesley Hall at the University of Winnipeg is rededicated. Opened in 1896 the space was blacked out in the 1970s to become the university's theatre. A $1 m restoration brought it back to its former glory.

September 14, 1874 - Inventor James Bedman applies for a patent for a new type of pipe wrench. It appears to be the first patent issued to a Manitoban.

September 13: Fireman down; Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

September 13, 1979 – Winnipeg firefighter Captain Robert J. Hughes, 57, collapses and dies at the scene of a fire on Moray Street. Hughes was born and raised in St. James and a 30-year veteran of the department.

September 13, 2007 - The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations. There were 144 states in favour and four, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, against.

September 12: Explosion on Henderson Highway; Banjo Bowl debut.

Above 1975, below 2008

September 12, 1975 – An explosion destroys the Canada Manpower Centre on Henderson Highway at Johnson Avenue. It occurred at 8 pm so the building was empty but one pedestrian was slightly injured by flying debris. ( I searched the newspaper archives but could not find a story about what caused it.)

September 12, 2004 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the inaugural Banjo Bowl by a score of 27 - 24.

The game is a rematch of the previous week's Labour Day Classic which dates back to 1950. The nickname was coined by Bomber kicker Troy Westwood who joked that Rider fans are nothing but a 'bunch of inbred banjo pickers'.

September 11: Winnipeg's 9/11 victim; Susan Auch Park; 'Peg's first stagecoach.

September 11, 2001 - British-born Winnipegger Christine Egan, 55, is among the estimated 2,603 people killed in the World Trade Center attacks. Egan, a nurse-epidemiologist who got her PhD in community health services from the U of M when she was 53, was visiting her brother Micheal's office in one of the towers when it was struck.

For more on Egan see: New York Times; CBC Manitoba.

NORAD's Canadian headquarters at CFB Winnipeg was put on high alert and when North American airspace was closed Winnipeg International Airport received 14 domestic and 3 international flights, for a total of 1500 passengers.

September 11, 2002 - The International Peace Gardens south of Boissevain put on display a memorial made of ten girders from the World Trade Center. A book of remembrance listing all of those killed is located in the chapel.

September 11, 1903
- Mr. P Burrell is sentenced to three years in prison for cheque forging. It was his second offense. Read the Morning Telegram story.


September 11, 1871 -The first stage coach arrives in Winnipeg.

September 11, 1967 - The Sargent Avenue Mennonite Church on Garfield Street holds its first service.

September 11, 1998 - Susan Auch Park in Transcona is dedicated. It is named for the three-time Olympic Speed Skating medalist.

September 10: The old Vic Hospital; Churchill's first grain ship; King of Portage Avenue dies.

September 10, 1943 - the HMCS St. Boniface is commissioned at Port Arthur, ON.



September 10, 1951 – The original Victoria Hospital on River Avenue launches a $125,000 fund raising campaign to complete their new wing and modernize the main hospital. The Vic was located on River from 1911 to 1971 when it moved to its Pembina Highway location. the building is now the River Manor Apartments.

Churchill, Manitoba - Port of Churchill
September 10, 1931 - The Farnworth is the first grain cargo ship to dock at the Port of Churchill. She and her sister ship the Warkworth, were leased by the Canadian government to deliver 554,000 bushels of Canadian No. 2 Northern wheat to England.

September 10, 1996 - Alex Mitchell, once one of the largest property owners in downtown Winnipeg, dies at the age of 93. In 1936 he founded the Dayton Outfitters department store at Portage and Hargrave.

September 9: West End library opens; Prince of Wales arrives; For Better or For Worse.

September 9, 1881 -The Portage la Prairie Weekly Tribune begins publishing. It lasted for 35 years.

September 9, 1979Lynn Johnston's comic strip For Better or for Worse debuts.

A native of Ontario, she moved to her husband's home town of Lynn Lake as the strip went into production. At its peak "FBOFW" appeared in over 2000 newspapers in 20 countries and was translated into 8 languages.

Here's a
CBC interview with Johnston from the early days.



West End Library
September 9, 1966 - The first West End Library at Ellice and Arlington opens to the public. In 2009 it relocated to the Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre. Here's a history of the building and library service in the West End.

September 9, 1919 - The Prince of Wales arrives in Winnipeg at 11 a.m.. Crowds line Main Street to catch a glimpse of the prince of Wales who arrived in Winnipeg at 11 a.m.. His itinerary included a Veterans' inspection, the awarding of medals, and the official opening of Winnipeg's Aquaduct. (Read the New York Times story.)

September 9, 1990 - Hugh Robert Sutherland dies in Winnipeg. Born in Winnipeg in 1907, he was a member of the 1932 Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey team The Winnipegs.

September 8: Mass funeral for Dugald's dead; Fire Chief Buchanan.

September 8, 1862 - John Buchanan is born in Montreal. A long-time member of Winnipeg Fire Department, he was its longest serving fire chief from 1899 - 1928.


September 8, 1947 - Thousands of Winnipeggers line the streets to pay their respects as a cortege of 22 hearses and over 50 cars makes its way from the Legislature to Brookside Cemetery. The mass funeral is for the unidentified bodies of the victims of the Dugald Train Disaster.

September 7: Manitoba Provincial Police; Lagimodiere dies; NEFCO / APTN building and Carlton Inn open.

September 7, 1961 - The Carlton Inn on Carlton Street opens. For more about the building.

September 7, 1971 - The Manitoba Association of Friendship Centres Inc. incorporates. It's the umbrella organization for the 11 Indian and Metis Friendship Centres located in Manitoba.


September 7, 1870 - The first two men are appointed to the Manitoba Provincial Police, Chief Constable Frank Villiers and Sub-chief Louis de Plainval. For more on Manitoba first police force.

September 7, 1925
- The sod turning ceremony for the Bay's Portage and Memorial store takes place.



339 Portage Avenue
September 1961 ad

September 7, 1961 - The North End Furniture Company (NEFCO) store opens on Portage Avenue. It's most notable for its "pre-cast concrete mural" that covers much of the building's facade. Today it is home to APTN.

September 7, 1855 - Explorer and pioneer Jean Baptiste Lagimodiere dies. In 1806 he and wife Marie-Anne Gaboury settled in Red River, the first European family to do so.


September 7, 1984 - Four Sisters from The Missionaries of Charity, the order established by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, arrive in Winnipeg to set up a mission and soup kitchen on Aikins Street.

September 6: Olympian Angela Chalmers; Elkhorn incorporates; Capinesseweet hangs.

September 6, 1963 – Track star Angela Chalmers of the Birdtail Sioux Dakota First Nation is born in Brandon.

Chalmers competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympics, winning bronze in the 3,000 m at the latter. In 1990 she became the first woman to win both the 1500 m and 3000 m races at the same Commonwealth Games. She won Commonwealth gold in the 3,000 m in 1994.


She still retains the women's 3000 m and 1 mile fastest times.

September 6, 1845 – Capinesseweet, a Saulteaux Indian, is hanged for the murder of another aboriginal man at Fort Garry. It is the first known hanging to take place in the settlement.

September 6, 1870 - Adams Archibald, Manitoba's first Lieutenant Governor, hosts a reception to meet Manitobans at Upper Fort Garry
.

September 6, 1905 - Elkhorn, Manitoba is incorporated as a village.


September 6, 2009 - A street party is held in Winnipeg to commemorate Chinatown's 100th anniversary.

September 5: Henderson Highway, Limestone Generating Station open.

Flowers by the Disraeli

September 5, 1931
– The official opening of a paved Henderson Highway takes place in a series of ceremonies, the main one at the corner of McLeod and Henderson.
It is named for Samuel R. Henderson, a local pioneer, politician and first president of the Manitoba Good Roads Association.


Originally called East Kildonan Road, then Kelvin Street, it was named Henderson Highway in 1928. In October 1930 it was expanded and paved from Larsen Street to the East St. Paul limits as a Depression relief program. The $114 k cost, which included laying two streetcar tracks down the centre meridian, was 80% covered by the feds.


September 5, 1948 - The Arctic Ice Company fire, Winnipeg.

September 5 1991
- The Limestone Generating Station officially opens ahead of schedule. Limestone is located on the Nelson River, 750 km north of Winnipeg.

September 4: First Labour Day Classic; UMFM on the air; Mantrap opens.

September 4, 1998 – At 6:00 p.m. CJUM-FM (UMFM) signs on the air.

September 4, 1950 - The Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the visiting Blue Bombers 17 - 2 in the first Labour Day Classic between the two teams.

The Bombers were missing four starters from their lineup, one due to an ill spouse and the others due to injury. Of thirteen incomplete passes credited to quarterback 'Indian Jack' Jacobs, nine were dropped by receivers. Jacobs accounted for all of the Bombers' scoring with two successful field goals.

The Labour Day game was a success as there was an over-capacity crown of more than 9,000 at Taylor Field.

September 4, 1926
- Mantrap, a Hollywood movie partially shot in Manitoba, opens at the Capitol Theatre.

September 3: First Labour Day; Elmwood triple murder; City Hydro sold.

September 3, 1894 - Labour Day is celebrated for the first time in Winnipeg. For an account of the day's activities.

September 3, 2002 – The deal to sell Winnipeg Hydro to Manitoba Hydro is completed.

September 3, 1979 - Councillor Joe Zuken leads a small band of protesters across the newly barricaded intersection of Portage and Main.



May 21, 1931, MB Free Press

September 3, 1931
– John Streib is hanged at Headingly Gaol for a triple murder.


Streib was an unemployed lodger at the Riverton Avenue home of Lillian Walters and her three children: George (18); Irene (12); and Doris (9). Mrs. Walters complained to her friends and her pastor that Streib was sometimes abusive and even proposed marriage, which made her uncomfortable. The income from the lodger, however, was vital for the family. Money was tight as son George was unemployed and she only worked part-time at a restaurant.



May 21, 1931, Winnipeg Free Press

Her breaking point came on May 20th, 1931. Before before leaving for work that morning Mrs. Walters sent her girls off to school and informed her lodger that he had to leave.


Later that morning Streib went to George's room and shot him in the head. When the two girls arrived home for lunch he shot each of them in the head.

Streib claimed he then left for the main police station to turn himself in but lost his nerve while crossing the Louise Bridge. Instead, he threw his revolver into the river and returned to the home. There, he found the two girls still barely alive and slashed their throats "....to make sure that they did not suffer." (WFP May 29, 1931). He then turned the straight razor on himself.


May 22, 1932, MB Free Press

When Mrs. Walters returned home from work around 6:20 pm she found her three murdered children each tucked neatly into beds and her lodger barely alive, bleeding from the throat. In hospital Streib confessed fully and bluntly to the police about what he had done.



May 22, 1931 MB Free Press

The guilty verdict delivered in June 1931 was reported to be the quickest ever reached in a Winnipeg court. Streib was described as unmoved about his fate, as he had been throughout the trial. He did not ask for a commuting of the sentence nor did he file an appeal saying that he was 'fine with it' and would pay for the crime.

September 2: Manitoba's first L.G.; Eaton's underway; Falcon Wally Byron.

September 2, 1884 - Jacob Walter "Wally" Byron is born in Winnipeg. Byron was a member of the Winnipeg Falcons gold medal winning Olympic hockey team in 1920. He died in 1971 in Winnipeg.

Building Eaton store (source)

September 2, 1904 – Construction teams work on the foundation of Winnipeg's downtown Eaton's store. For more early Eaton's photos.

September 2, 1870 - Adams George Archibald, appointed Manitoba's first Lieutenant Governor by John A. Macdonald, arrives at Fort Garry. He later served in the same post for Nova Scotia. (Also see.)