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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - St. Mary’s Cathedral 353 Saint Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MANITOBA R3C 0M8 Established 1876 Source: Google maps

The city of Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of Manitoba, and is located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River 100 km north of the Minnesota border. The name is derived from the Cree name for Lake Winnipeg, 65 km north, win-nipi, meaning "murky water.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

St. Mary’s Cathedral
353 Saint Mary Ave., Winnipeg, MANITOBA R3C 0M8
Established 1876
Source: Google maps

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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A Blizzard in Winnipeg

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Falls of the Winnipeg

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

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Main Street, Winnipeg

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg, From St. Boniface Ferry Landing

1882 - Lucius O'Brien - Picturesque Canada (1882–84)

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Broadway Ave. looking East, Winnipeg.

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C.P.R. Station

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St. John's Cathedral, Winnipeg, Man. (1912)

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  • 1738 - Fort Rouge (Winnipeg) established
  • 1811 - Lord Selkirk established first European agricultural settlement near Winnipeg webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ mbztimeln.htm
  • 1826 - Flood severely impacted settlers at Selkirk Settlement (now Winnipeg) webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ mbztimeln.htm
  • 1873 - Winnipeg incorporated as a city webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ mbztimeln.htm
  • 1876 - St. Mary’s Cathedral established at Winnipeg
  • 1877 - June 20 - First classes meets at the University of Manitoba. - Winnipeg, Manitoba todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ June_20
  • News  1887 - Mrs. Joseph Farrell, of Winnipeg, is famed as the first white woman married in the Canadian Northwest.
    The ceremony took place at Fort Whoop-Up in 1877. It was the occasion of a big blowout on the part of the Blood and Blackfeet Indians, who turned out in great numbers in holiday garb, firing guns, yelling, eating, dancing and having a good time generally in genuine Indian fashion.
    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    January 29, 1887
  • News  1888 - Immigrants Flocking into Winnipeg.
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., April 12 - A special from Winnipeg says that the number of immigrants arriving is increasing rapidly, and upwards of 2,000 have reached that point since the middle of March. Many are farmers from Ontario, who bring their stock and farming implements with them.

    St Joseph Herald
    Saint Joseph, Michigan
    April 14, 1888
  • 1895 - Winnipeg
    Winnipeg, or Fort Garry, the seat of government of the province of Manitoba and of Selkirk co, situated at the junction of the Assiniboin and Red Rivers, 40 miles S. of Lake Winnipeg, 65 miles by rail from Pembina, Dakota, 250 miles from Fort Abercrombie, and 1180 miles from Montreal via Canada Pacific Railway, or 1843 miles via Chicago and St. Paul. The city contains about 25 stores, several saw-mills, 4 printing-offices, a theatre, a Church-of England cathedral, Presbyterian and Wesleyan churches, a bank and a branch bank, government house, legislative buildings, many good dwellings, and a strong and regular fortification. It is the seat of Manitoba College, St. John's College, St. Mary's Academy, the University of Manitoba, and the Metropolitan of the North-West. Opposite the town is St. Boniface. Pop. in 1881, 7985; in 1891, 25,642.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
    Winnipeg, Man., Feb. 9. - The Manitoba Hotel and the Northern Pacific offices were completely destroyed by fire last night. Loss, $400,000.
    The hotel was seven stories high, accommodating 400 guests, and was the finest Canadian hotel west of Montreal. It was built in 1891 by the Northern Pacific, and cost over $300,000. The company carried its own insurance, so the loss is total.

    The fire brigade worked heroically under the disadvantages of a bitter north wind and the mercury 43 below. There were several narrow escapes, but no casualties, all having been given timely warning. Most of the walls have fallen. The freight sheds adjoining were saved.
    The Daily Gazette
    Janesville, Wisconsin
    February 9, 1899
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  • News  1909 - NORTHWEST HAS EARTHQUAKE - Tremor Believed to be an "Echo" from South America.
    Winnipeg, Man., May 17. - When the earthquake shocks were felt here Saturday evening efforts were immediately put forth to ascertain the extent of the territory covered by the tremors and the amount of the damage inflicted.

    Telegrams were sent out from Winnipeg to various places, and in some instances emissaries were dispatched from certain centers to inaccessible points.

    Compilation of the reports received here Sunday reveal the fact that shocks varying in intensity were felt all through Canadian prairies west at about 10:20 o'clock central time Saturday evening, in most places rattling dishes, banging doors and shaking windows, while at several points people were driven in alarm out of doors.

    At Wolseley the well of the of the electric light plant caved in just before the shock was felt and the town was plunged in darkness.

    At Regina patients in the hospital were shaken out of bed and people rushed in terror from hotels and big buildings.

    Other places report cracked...

  • 1910 - July 3 - Grand Trunk Pacific Railway inagurates a daily passenger service from Winnipeg to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Edmonton, Alberta. todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ July_3
    Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 9. - Five persons were killed and many injured during the progress of a fire which started in the immense brick warehouse of the International Harvester Company tonight. The loss is placed at $750,000.

    A wall of the warehouse was blown out by an explosion, trapping a fire-fighting party. Three of the dead men were firemen. The warehouse was filled with valuable farming machinery.

    The Canadian Pacific Railroad Station and the Royal Alexandra Hotel were menaced by the flames. Later the fire spread to the city power plant, which was so badly damaged that at least half of the city is in darkness.

    Every fire-fighting crew in the city is at work and every ambulance is on the scene. It is feared the disaster will increase in magnitude, as the fire is not yet under control.
    The Indianapolis Star
    Indianapolis, Indiana
    March 10, 1912
  • 1923 - June 22 - Manitoba ends prohibition, and adopts government control of the sale of alcohol instead. - Winnipeg, Manitoba todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ June_22
    Winnipeg, Dec. 23. - In the spectacular Winnipeg Theatre fire today, fifteen minutes after the alarm had been sounded the entire surrounding district was enveloped in smoke. Flames burst through the frail structure a few minutes later.

    Firemen forced their way into the building and although protected by smoke masks many were forced to retreat before the intense heat. As the fire worked its way through the auditorium and stage of the theatre a score of firemen rushed through the dense smoke with lines of hose. Upstairs, licked by flames, they succeeded in reaching the balcony. Several streams were played upon the interior and it was the force of the high pressure streams that undermined the walls and sent them crashing upon the men inside. Rescue crews were hurriedly organized and all available ambulances in the city summoned. Nine of the trapped men were recovered, most of them having sustained minor injuries and burns.

    A. E. SMITH, driver of the fire chief's car, was struck by... Read MORE...


    Winnipeg, Man., April 14. - (AP) - Five dead, four women and a man, a dozen injured, with many others overcome by smoke, was the toll of a fire which swept the Casa Loma, a combined apartment and business block here Saturday afternoon.

    Two of the women succumbed in a hospital after being rescued from the burning structure. Three bodies were found on the floor of the apartment rooms.

    So suddenly did the flames gain headway, that all avenues of escape were cut off in a few minutes.

    When firemen reached the place a number of women had climbed out to the ledges of windows. Fire nets were quickly spread and two women jumped as flames began to lick the window frames. One of the women struck a projecting ledge and suffered a broken leg and other injuries.
    Billings Gazette
    Billings, Montana
    April 15, 1928
  • 1950 - Harry Wasylyk, Larry Hansen and Frank Plomp, three friends who worked for a plastic company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, invented the useful plastic bag in 1950 which the world today uses to throw trash into. 2010/ 08/ 11/ invented-in-canada/
  • 1950 - Winnipeg flood along Red River caused immense damage and one death webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ mbztimeln.htm
  • News  1952 - THOUSANDS SEE THEATRE GO UP IN $75,000 BLAZE.
    Fire Thursday gutted the 42-year-old Furby theatre, 597 Portage avenue, causing damage estimated at $75,000.

    No one was injured.

    Friday morning city engineering officials probed the ruins and one said the tower at the front of the building was in a "pretty precarious position." A complete report on the state of the building was expected by Friday afternoon.

    HANS FRIES, owner of the Dandy Diner Food Bar, 601 Portage, and JOHN GILLESPIE, 696 Academy Rd., turned in the first alarms after 3 p.m. MR. FRIES said smoke started seeping through the walls into his kitchen. The theatre, scheduled to open at 6 p.m., was empty.

    N. V. CAMPBELL, assistant fire commissioner, said he was unable to state the cause of the blaze. "When firemen arrived the smoke was so dense they couldn't enter either the front or rear doors even with gas masks," he said.

    Firemen from four stations fought the blaze for more than an hour before bringing it under control. Several hours later, they were still... Read MORE...

  • 1956 - Winnipeg connected to Trans Canada Telephone System webimage/ countrys/ namerica/ province/ mbztimeln.htm
  • Winnipeg
    The nucleus of the future city of Winnipeg was related to the construction of a general store by Henry McKenney in 1862. McKenney built his store where the fur-runners' trail coming down the Assiniboine River to Fort Garry crossed the trail running down the Red River — in present-day Winnipeg, the corner of Portage and Main. Until 1873, when Winnipeg was incorporated as a city, the settlement remained a relatively unimportant part of the larger Red River Colony. When the first city council meeting was held in 1874, the city had a population of 3,700 and was little more than a collection of shacks.

    Winnipeg's strategic geographical location made it the natural focus for the western extension of the transcontinental railways. The completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 brought the city a period of growth and prosperity unequalled in Canadian urban development. A flood of immigrants, high wheat prices, plentiful capital and improved dryland farming all contributed to... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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female ancestorJeanne "Jane" TOUGH (23 November 1847, Louiseville, Québec, Canada - 23 January 1900, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
male ancestorHenry Augustus TURNER (1854, , Maryland, USA - 30 September 1912, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
female ancestorEudoxie PINSONNAULT (30 April 1855, Lacolle, Québec, Canada (Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle) - October 29, 1934, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
male ancestorMichael AMENDA (09 11 1856, Jankowitz, Osterode, East Prussia - 21 12 1928, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
male ancestorOle Sivert MAUSETH (27 11 1857, Surandal, More og Romsdal, Norway - 10 10 1939, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
female ancestorWilhemina ZALOGA (24 04 1860, Heeselicht, Osterode, East Prussia - 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
female ancestorAnne Olsdotter HOVDE (15 05 1861, Mandelan, Romsdal, Norway - 20 11 1938, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
female ancestorMary Ann MCARTHUR (16 October 1861, Osprey, Collingwood, Ontario, Canada - 4 January 1929, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)
male ancestorJoseph-Louis PAUL (August 4, 1873, Sorel, Québec, Canada (Saint-Pierre) - April 24, 1950, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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male ancestorJoseph Dolphis "Adolphe" Athanase CARRIERE (16 March 1867 - ) and female ancestorCecile PERREAULT dite MORIN (21 December 1871 - 1958) married 15 April 1890
male ancestorWilliam Robert John NELSON (6 July 1874 - 1953) and female ancestorMargaret Maud FAIRCLOUGH (10 December 1880 - 1961) married 19 August 1903
photo of Joseph James TETROE Joseph James TETROE (15 July 1886 - 22 April 1972) and photo of Harriet "Hattie" HURRELL Harriet "Hattie" HURRELL (23 February 1889 - 9 May 1957) married 25 July 1906
male ancestorHenry William FEIGE (11 February 1873 - ) and female ancestorSarah TURNER (22 June 1885 - 6 March 1947) married 16 October 1907
male ancestorArthur Joseph DION (29 November 1893 - 19 November 1976) and female ancestorBridget MCKENNA (14 January 1891 - 25 August 1965) married 20 June 1918
male ancestorJohn Mackenzie JOHNSTON (21 January 1898 - 3 June 1986) and female ancestorConstance SMITH (30 September 1892 - 11 November 1966) married 21 July 1921
male ancestorClarence Alexander MCLAREN (Aug 24, 1897 - Dec 13, 1982) and female ancestorGladys Ruth WHITTAKER (31 August 1901 - 24 August 1969) married 24 December 1928
photo of Joseph Adelard Isadore BOISSELLE Joseph Adelard Isadore BOISSELLE (June 13, 1912 - April 15, 1990) and photo of Marie Bertha Louise PAUL Marie Bertha Louise PAUL (July 13, 1917 - January 31, 2002) married 14 October 1936
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