By John David Hamilton
Winnipeg used to be Canada's first vital urban within the west and was once the availability element for different prairie towns like Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, or even far away Vancouver. It exploded from a village of 2,700 humans in 1877 to a completely sleek city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and through then had a college, newspapers, publishing companies, a tremendous theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. growing to be Winnipeg used to be served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, purple River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and eventually the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast. A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial influence of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short background, compiled and with observation by means of John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 gorgeous black-and-white photos list the early days of town and hint a number of the dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada's Chicago."
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RAM - Fort Garry Collection - N10773 60 Glimpses of the Way We Were ... and the HBC department store (left) with the magnificent legislative buildings in the background (centre) ... HBC Store on Memorial Boulevard. PAM - Winnipeg Streets Collection - N18069 61 WINNIPEG ... and the great wholesale and retail hardware empire of James Ashdown, which built the whole west. Ash down's store on Main Street. PAM - Thomas Burns Collection - 626 62 Glimpses of the Way We Were S UCH WERE the power bases on which Winnipeg was built.
The only raids were for liquor violations, and some brothels became famous for their prominent customers. Winnipeg had its own Storyville and one Free Press reporter recalled covering a sudden death in an Annabella Street brothel in 1940. A woman approached the investigating police and told them the victim had died of a heart attack. Asked to tell more she said plaintively: "This guy comes in and we go at it. He likes it and asks for seconds, then thirds. Right in the middle of the third time he croaks.
PAM - Thomas Burns Collection - 626 62 Glimpses of the Way We Were S UCH WERE the power bases on which Winnipeg was built. But when it got down to it, the ordinary, hardworking citizen was the true strength of the city. As late as 1923, Mr. Good Citizen was being supplied with his fuel by endless lines of horsedrawn woodsleds. And when he moved his house he employed more horses. Woodsleds in winter. RAM - Foote Collection - N2015 63 WINNIPEG House-moving.
A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton