Friday, 26 September 2014

Behind The Photo - Dominion Curling Champions 1928

Often I will see an old photo or ad and spend some time digging into the 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:

This photo, from the March 3, 1928 Winnipeg Tribune shows Gordon Hudson's rink after winning the Dominion Championship. It marked the first time that the Brier Tankard came west of Ontario. From left to right are Bill Grant, Ron Singbusch, Sam Penwarden and skip Gordon Hudson.

Hudson repeated the feat in 1929, with Don Rollo in place of Sam Penwarden. It wasn't until 1957 - 58 that another team won back-to-back Briers, and not until Don Duguid in 1970 - 71 did a Manitoba team do it.

July 11, 1959, Winnipeg Free Press

Off the ice, Hudson was a partner in the candy manufacturing firm McBride Cannem and Hudson on Ross Avenue. He died at his Garfield Street home on July 10, 1959 at the age of 65. He left behind wife Flora and two grown children.

Hudson and his 1928 and 1929 teams are in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

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