Friday, 19 June 2009

History Dumplings

Interesting tidbits I found recently...

A.A. Heaps is a prominent name in Winnipeg politics. He was an alderman during the Winnipeg General Strike and one of the ten leaders arrested on June 17. In 1925 he became CCF M.P. for Winnipeg North and sat until 1940.

The Vital Statistics building on Portage is named for him.

Turns out that there is another AA Heaps in urban politics: his grandson Adrian, (who goes by A.A. as a tribute to his grandfather). AA the current sits on Toronto City Council representing Ward 35 - Scarborough Southwest.

New Store: From June 19, 1919 and ad for a new store in town on the north side of Portage at Furby (around - maybe part of ) National Typewriter building.

The Keenora is a feature attraction at the Selkirk Marine Museum. Here's an ad from her sailing days in June 1919:


The View from Seven said...

I wonder if the province's "blue laws" allowed for any sort of dancing on the Keenora's Sunday afternoon cruise.

In those days, anything that was fun or exciting was either illegal on a Sunday afternoon, or would have been passionately opposed by the city's clergymen.

Playing sports in a city park on a Sunday was once a no-no. Even a cross-country air race in the '30s stirred up controversy when the city's self-identified guardians of morality learned that the much-awaited Winnipeg stop would take place on a Sunday. How dare they cause excitement on the Lord's Day!

The other things the clergy railed against (e.g., women with short hair) were quite comical by today's standards. But you can be sure that they kept a close eye on the Keenora to ensure that the Sunday afternoon passengers weren't having too much fun.

mrchristian said...

Really, I didn't realize they were that strict.

Maybe being on the water was like segregated vice !