A Winnipeg Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by John David Hamilton

By John David Hamilton

Winnipeg used to be Canada's first vital urban within the west and used to be the provision aspect 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 glossy city of 100,000 in exactly thirty years and through then had a college, newspapers, publishing organisations, a big theatre, and a colourful mass of immigrants who flooded in to open up the West. starting to be Winnipeg was once served with paddle-wheelers at the pink River, crimson River ox carts, a Canadian-owned railway to St. Paul, Minnesota, and at last the CPR linking Montreal with the west coast. A Winnipeg Album is a pictorial impact of Winnipeg's vibrant, dramatic, and comparatively short heritage, compiled and with statement through John David Hamilton and Bonnie Dickie. Over 100 gorgeous black-and-white pictures checklist the early days of town and hint a few of the dramatic occasions that made Winnipeg "Canada's Chicago."

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RAM - Winnipeg Streets Collection N4561 RAM - 31 WINNIPEG B ut very soon the rich began to feel that Broadway was too close to business, to the great unwashed mass of immigrants. The millionaires moved to the shady and protected bends of the Assiniboine's south bank, well away from the bustling multitudes. The new home of Winnipeg's rich was Roslyn Road and Wellington Crescent, which became the very symbols of luxury and superiority. Douglas C. Cameron's house on Roslyn Road. M. Nanton's house on Roslyn Road (inside and outside views).

PAM - Winnipeg Buildings Collection 53 WINNIPEG F OR MANY YEARS, executions were staged in the Vaughan Street Jail yard, and black canvas canopies were draped around it to hide the gallows from pedestrians walking past. As a small boy I was told that hangings were held on the grounds of the legislative buildings on Broadway, and I had a persistent vision of a great black square hiding a gallows from me. Indeed, I was sure that the infamous serial murderer of the 1920s, Earl Nelson, "the Strangler," was executed on the legislative grounds almost before my eyes.

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.

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