February 15: Scott Bathgate Block burns; Mr. Christie's factory; Charleswood turns 100.

February 15, 1881 – The Canadian Pacific Railway Act receives Royal Assent. The following day the CPR is incorporated.

Nutty Club
February 15, 1917 - The Scott Bathgate building is gutted in a $200,000 blaze that injures four firemen. The west portion of the building at 149 Notre Dame Avenue E. (now 149 Pioneer) had to be rebuilt. 

The fire was believed to have started in the workshop of a metal works company that was a tenant of the building. (Fire image from Winnipeg Fire Museum.)

Winnipeg Free Press, February 16, 1932
February 15, 1932 - The million-dollar Christie Brown biscuit factory opens at 1155 Notre Dame. "Mr Christie" made good cookies, crackers and ice cream cones there until 1978 when Mid West Garments converted it to a clothing factory. MWG consolidated its space and 50,000 sq ft of the building will be the new Children's Service Centre.

February 15, 1913 – The Rural Municipality of Charleswood is incorporated with George Thomas Chapman as its first Reeve. The R. M. amalgamated with Winnipeg on January 1 1972.

Manitoba Transit Heritage Association
February 15, 1937 - Winnipeg Transit bus 111 rolls off the assembly line. The 1937 Twin Coach is the oldest bust in the manitoba Transit Heritage Association's fleet.


canafornian said...

I believe that the The Scott Bathgate & Scott Block were two different fires - the later taking place in March of 1914.

Christian Cassidy said...

Yes, that is correct. Here is a history I did of the Scott Block. I will change the title of the post to add "Bathgate" http://winnipegdowntownplaces.blogspot.ca/2012/05/272-main-street-scott-block.html

Anonymous said...

Re: R M of Charleswood and others that joined the City of Winnipeg.The act to amalgamate was in July,1971. They joined Jan.1,1972.

Christian Cassidy said...

Thanks. I clarified that in the post by changing it to Jan 1 1972.