December 28: Manitoba's first newspaper; Terry Sawchuck born; Brandon Gaol's first hanging.

December 28, 1859 – The first edition of The Nor'Wester, Red River's first newspaper, is published. Founders William Buckingham and William Coldwell were Toronto Globe reporters who had presses hauled by ox-cart from St. Paul, Minnesota. The Nor'Wester ceased publication in 1869 when it was seized by Louis Riel’s men.

The paper was located in a small building near present day Main and Water. A commemorative plaque on the exterior of the Federal Building marks the site.

December 28, 1929 - Terry Sawchuk is born in Winnipeg. Considered by many to be the greatest NHL goalie, Sawchuk won the Vezina Trophy three times in his 20 NHL seasons.

December 28, 1956 - The fluoridation of Winnipeg’s water supply is completed.

December 28, 1888 - The first hanging takes place at Brandon Gaol.

W.P. Webb, owner of Pacific Laundry at First and Rosser, shot his wife Mary Jane dead while she was doing the laundry because she was "going on at him." Alcohol was a factor.

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Webb had a history of abusing his wife. Earlier that year he attempted to strangle her but she escaped to a neighbor's house. He was taken to jail to cool off but she did not press charges and he was released.

To read Webb's confession and the verdict see this Brandon Sun Weekly story.


December 28, 2010Otto Koch dies. Born in Germany, he settled in Winnipeg in 1959 and a decade later purchased a Chicken Delight franchise. Eventually he owned the company.

December 28, 1921 - Ballerina Rosemary Deveson is born in Bowsman River, Manitoba. Deveson had some schooling with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet then at the age of 13 her family moved to Vancouver where she continued her study.

Deveson toured the world and in 1941 returned to Vancouver to start her own ballet school and taught, among others, Berta Lynn Seymour
and Lois Smith. (See CTV News World-famous Ballerina remembered.)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Martin Brodeur long ago passed Terry Sawchuk in the shutout lead. Terry finished with 103, but Marty is still going with more than 120 and counting.

mrchristian said...

Thank you. I must have pulled that tidbit from an old entry. Correction made !

mrchristian said...

I think I got it form his Hall of Fame induction entry. Often when people receive awards of are inducted into halls of fame, Order of Canada etc. the text does not change though their feats may have since been surpassed.