November 4: Brandon Asylum burns; Firefighters return from Blitz; Brandon's Dr. McInnis.

Sheffield Blitz
November 4, 1944 - Members of the Corps of Canadian Firefighters participate in a farewell ceremony, including a march past of Canada House on Trafalgar Square. The Corps included 30 Winnipeg city firemen who volunteered to fight fires during bombing raids in London during World War II. (For more on the Corps see here and here.)

November 4, 1874 - Francis Jeffrey Dickens, the son of novelist Charles Dickens, joins the North-West Mounted Police. He served until March 1, 1886.

November 4, 1995 - The Bombers’ Reggie Slack sets a CFL record with 51 pass attempts in a playoff game. The Blue Bombers lose 36-21 to the Baltimore Stallions.

November 4, 1910 - The Brandon Asylum for the Insane is gutted by fire.

The city's entire fire department, as well as hospital staff, militia and neighbours assisted in battling the flames and rescuing patients. Remarkably, all but one of the 700-plus patients and staff were saved. The fatality was a patient who wandered away in the confusion and died of exposure. (For more on the fire.)

November 4, 1968 - A "Topping Off" ceremony takes place at Winnipeg's Richardson Building. It symbolized the completion of its exterior construction.

November 4, 1907 - Brandon dentist Dr. Stanley McInnis dies in Brandon General Hospital.

McInnis moved to Brandon in 1889 and was one of the busiest men in town. He was president of both the Manitoba and Canadian Dental Associations, was elected MLA for Brandon three times, served as Manitoba's Minister of Education in 1907, organized the Brandon Fire Insurance Company; was president of the Brandon Horticulture Society, Brandon Athletic Club and the Brandon Turf Club.

He was also philanthropist and friend to the arts, responsible for organizing many fundraising events in the city.

What is most remarkable is that he did all of this in less than twenty years in Brandon. He died at the age of 42 after complications from appendix surgery.

Brandon's Stanley Park on Princess Avenue is named for him. For more on McInnis.

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