Above: July 2012 (Google Street View)
Below: May 2014Very slowly, this 769 square foot house at 441 Arlington Street is being demolished. Before it disappears, I thought I would take a look back at its history.
November 14, 1910, Winnipeg Free Press
It was built in 1910 and sold as a "cozy, three-roomed dwelling" with an asking price of $1,575.
The first residents were the Whitneys. James was a carpenter and Frances worked at Northwest Laundry at the corner of Main and York. They stayed in the house for just a year.
December 13, 1939, Winnipeg Tribune
The next owners were the Turners: Henry, Betty and their grown son H. M.. The men worked as bookkeepers at Smart Bag Co.. The Turners lived here for three years and then rented it out until the early 1920s.
It remained a rental property, unsure who the owner was, through to 1940. As a result, there was a long line of short-term tenants, ranging from truck drivers and post office clerks to retail employees and streetcar conductors.
December 23, 1943, Winnipeg Tribune
In 1940 it became home to Archibald Skinner. He came to Manitoba in 1880 and homesteaded near Carman. Eventually, he worked at the CPR yards in Dauphin and when he retired in 1930, moved to the West End to be near his eight children. Skinner died at this home in 1943 at the age of 93.
ca. 1930 wagon, similar to Attwood's (source)
It wasn't until 1944 - 45 that the home had its longest-term owners: the Attwood family.
Henry Atwood came to Canada from Manchester, England in 1928 and worked in various places in Western Canada. Vera Hinam was born in Bristol, England but came to Winnipeg with her family at the age of ten, attending General Wolfe School and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate.
The two married in Winnipeg in 1938 and settled initially in Geraldton, Ontario where Harry got a job with Weston Bakeries. By 1945 the Attwoods had relocated to 441 Arlington Street in Winnipeg. Harry continued to work for Weston Bakery as a driver / salesman based out of the Canada Bread plant on Burnell Street and “…assisted by his horse who knew the route better than Harry”, (according to Vera’s obituary !)
Vera Attwood (source)
The two had a daughter, Patricia, and when she got older, Vera worked at the glove department at Eaton’s. She was also an avid swimmer, a member of the Women’s Amateur Swimming Club at Sherbrook Pool, and a long-time volunteer at Orioles Community Club.
Harry and Vera continued to live at 441 Arlington for a few years after they retired in 1970. He died in 1991 and she died in 2011.
Since the late 1970s, 441 Arlington has been quiet address. There are no mentions of the house or its residents in the Free Press.
Around 2010 the home was struck by a vehicle, damaging the foundation, and it sat empty until early 2014 when the demolition process began.
In May 2014 it was purchased by Housing Opportunity Partnership, a not-for-profit inner city housing revitalization initiative dedicated to acquiring West End homes in need of repair, completely upgrading them, and then selling them to new homeowners.They will complete the demolition and build new on the site.
Construction, August 2014