Often I will see an old photo or ad and spend some time digging into its back story. Sometimes I find a great story, sometimes not. Either way, I learn a few things about the city's history. Here's my latest attempt:
I found this ca 1950s image at Peel's of a rather lonely looking development called North Main Cabins. I thought I would go back and see what it was all about !
ca 1950s ad
The earliest mention that I can find of Elsie and Henry Jehle's North Main Cabins is in 1947. They don't list an address but in local media advertised themselves as being in West St. Paul. Other ads mentioned being "7 miles north of Winnipeg" and "15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg shopping".
As the city of West Kildonan and RM of Old Kildonan sat between Winnipeg and West St. Paul , this likely put the development just outside of present-day Winnipeg city limits.(See below - the location was apparently around 3924 Main, just outside the city limits but inside the Perimeter.)
North Main Cabins catered to hunters and fishermen looking to avoid city traffic and make quick northern getaway. Rooms could be rented at a weekly rate and offered daily housekeeping service. At the peak of summer they also advertised as a motel with single rooms for $5 a night, doubles for $8. There were also electrical connections for camper trailers.
In the summer of 1957 the Jehles put the 4.5 acre site with 200 feet of highway frontage up for sale. The ad specified "no buildings". It took more than a year for the ad to disappear from the Free Press classified section.
The couple either sold the development and moved to another lot close by OR it didn't sell and they kept on operating but didn't advertise in local papers. Why ? I found a 1968 classified ad of the Jehles selling a 7 acre "tourist camp with buildings" at 3924 Main Street. This is just inside the Perimeter, very near where their North Main Cabins stood.
If you have more info about the Jehles or their camp let me know !