August 27: Tribune closes; "Your Pet, Juliette"; Pidhorney hangs.

August 27, 1980The Winnipeg Tribune ceases publication after 90 years. It was born from the ashes of the defunct Winnipeg Daily Sun after Robert L. Richardson and D.L. McIntyre purchased the old presses. In 1920 Richardson sold the Tribune to the rapidly expanding Southam News chain.

For more on the Tribune see my West End Dumplings Post.

Sept. 1, 1909, Portage la Prairie Review (source)

August 27, 1909
- At 7:30 a.m. Mike Pidhorney is hanged in Winnipeg for murder.

Pidhorney (sometimes Pidhoney) was part of a work crew of mostly Ukrainian workers at a woodcutting camp near Sandilands, Manitoba, R.M. of Piney. One night four men, including Pidhorney, settled down in a bunkhouse but only three awoke the next morning. Metro Hewka was found in his bunk with his throat cut.

Pidhorney soon confessed to the murder but his erratic behaviour and the calm demeanour at facing a death penalty led to questions about his sanity. An inquest was held but the limited newspaper accounts seem to contradict each other as to the verdict of that inquest.

A Western Associated Press wire story, carried by many Manitoba papers, referred to Pidhorney as "an ignorant man of the lowest type" (
Portage la Prairie Weekly, 1 Sept 1909) and that his sanity was examined and found to be intact (Minnedosa Tribune 2 Sept 1909.) The Voice, a Winnipeg labour newspaper, called the hanging an injustice considering that an inquest had found him to be insane (3 Sept 1909.)

August 27, 1927 - "Your pet, Juliette" is born Juliette Augustina Sysak to working class Polish - Ukrainian parents in St. Vital. Her family moved to Vancouver when she was ten and her golden voice was soon noticed by a band leader. At age 15 she had her own radio show.

From there, it was onto Toronto and Juliette became one of Canada's first television stars with her own Saturday night CBC television show from 1956 to 1966 and a daytime show in the 1970s. The pet nickname came from the phrase used to introduce her on her first show: "Now let's meet your pet Juliette !"

Juliette received the Order of Canada in 1975.

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