Vantage Points Series Sorted by Regions



All Saint's Church  
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Vol.  III, Page 34

The All Saint’s Church and Cemetery served as a landmark and community centre for over 30 years before the numbers in the parish could no longer support it.

A Tale of Two Mill Fires
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Vol.  IV, Page 18


The story of milling in Boissevain begins shortly after the town was established as an important commercial centre on the new CPR line. In those days a progressive town needed a mill. 

The First Phone in Boissevain
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Vol.  IV, Page 28
In 1904 a local exchange was located in Hilton's Drug Store, but only a few residences were hooked up. Then in 1906 the Bell Telephone Company began installing its own phones in Boissevain homes. 

Dunseith Trail     
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Vol.  I, Page 35

Heaviest use: 1920 – 1933
The prohibition of beverage alcohol in the early 1900s paved the way for one of the area's most colourful chapters of thrill and intrigue.
George King General Store    
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Vol.  III, Page 49
The building that used to house the George King General Store dates back to 1904.  King’s store had three sections, divided by small steps of stairs.


George Morton's Ventures  
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Vol. I , Page  20
1882 – 1883

He persuaded businessmen in Kingston to invest in the Morton Dairy Farm Company and received (via his business connections with John A. MacDonald the right to purchase 72 square miles (184 kms²) of land west of Whitewater Lake.

Great Northern Railway 
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Vol.  I, Page 30
Construction of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) began during the winter of 1905 and finished in 1906, covering the 69.5 miles (110 kms) from St. John's (Devil's Lake), North Dakota to Brandon, Manitoba.
1905 - 1936


Lake Max Recreation 
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Vol.  III, Page 27
As the largest lake in what is now Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Max Lake was the natural location of choice for summer holidaying.
Lake Max Sawmill    /   Web  / PDF
Vol.III  , Page 26
In 1880 Mr Bolton established a sawmill on the shore of Lake Max. The next year, entrepreneur George Morton bought the sawmill and used it to produce lumber for nearly every building in the then thriving village of Whitewater.
Lake Metigoshe Recreation /   Web  / PDF
Vol.III   , Page  35
The largest lake on Turtle Mountain: discovered as a recreational paradise!
1889 - Present
Lorna Smith Nature Centre
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Vol.I, Page  41
The Lorna Smith Nature Centre just southeast of Boissevain was established in 1983 by the Turtle Mountain Conservation District as part of the reservoir project.
   
Mennonite Settlement in Southwest Manitoba   /   Web  / PDF
Vol. I , Page  34
....the Mennonites that settled in southwestern Manitoba – around Whitewater Lake particularly – did not arrive until 50 years later, ....

Skull Swamp   
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Vol.  IV, Page 7
Skull Swamp is an example of the ingenuity possessed by post glacial societies in their bison hunting techniques and how they used the existing landscape to their advantage.



Charles Sankey  
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Vol.  III, Page 30
Over the span of his nearly 100 years he became a sailor, farmer, veterinarian, gold-panner and dedicated community worker
What the Rats of Cranmer Knew
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Vol.  IV, Page 50
At about 9 P.M. on a late September evening in 1928 the rats that had been living comfortably in the United Grain Growers Elevator at Cranmer began an evacuation of the premises. 
Napinka School
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Vol. IV, Page  11
The two-storey fieldstone building that still stands on the north side of Napinka was completed in 1901, and is one of the most unique schools built in Manitoba.
Purple Hill Church       
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Vol.  III, Page 42
In 1898 the Purple Hill Church, located in the Medora area, was opened and dedicated.
Waskada's Blacksmith: Ren Amos 
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Vol.  IV, Page 23
 Over a span of half a century, Ren operated his blacksmith shop. He had to rebuild it twice. His wife often helped him in the shop and together they lived and worked through countless changes in agricultural methods.



Beginning of the Metigoshe Community 
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Vol.  II, Page 8

...despite their frequent visits to Turtle Mountain the Metis did not permanently settle there until the early 1900s.
Deloraine's Dr. Thornton
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Vol.  IV, Page 22

In Deloraine, in the first part of the twentieth century, if someone mentioned "The Doctor" it could refer to only one person: Dr. Thornton. 
Ben Arde: Mountainside Store Operator  
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Vol.  III, Page 53

1949 - 1962
Ben Arde was born in Saskatchewan in October of 1926. His parents farmed there until the 1930s. When Ben was eight his father, originally from Wakopa, moved his family back to Manitoba, this time settling south of Mountainside.
Mountainside General Store  
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Vol.III , Page 53

Est. about 1913
Ben Arde took over the store in 1949 (see Ben Arde: Mountainside Store Operator ) and operated it for 14 years.
Delivered by Train - Prairie Style
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Vol.  IV, Page 29
The extension of the CN line from Adelpha on to Deloraine brought service to Mountainside and area. 
Mrs. Weightman Comes to Canada
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Vol.  IV, Page 32

Mrs. Weightman, a widow from Berwickshire, in northern England, and her children, arrived at their homestead in the spring of 1882 after a fifty-six day journey from Edinburgh, Scotland.  
Alton Breault - Adventures of a Radar Repairman
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Vol.  IV, Page 52


It was top secret - he and his companions at the training facility at Yatesbury, England, couldn’t tell even their servicemen buddies what they were working on.  
The Rescue of the Hathaway Thresher
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Vol.  IV, Page 54

 It was the world’s first rotary thresher, a significant departure from the design then in use and a forerunner of the axial flow system used in modern threshers.

Marsden Schools /   Web  / PDF
Vol.I, Page  38
The first Marsden School was constructed on the firebreak trail bordering the western edge of the Turtle Mountain Forestry Reserve. As it was built on top of a hill and could be seen for miles, it became a landmark of the area.
Prairie Skills Centre
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Vol. III   , Page  43
When the two congregations joined together and formed the Union Church, the old fieldstone building was left empty. Since that time it has served a multitude of purposes.



A. E. Hill Store: The Hart-Cam Museum
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Vol.  III, Page 47
The 110 year old building that today houses the Hart-Cam Museum spent most of its life serving as a general store. It later became a restaurant, museum . . . and Hollywood film set? Yes indeed – not only once, but twice!

Ash House  
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Vol.  I, Page 9


Ash House was built on the north shore of the Souris as a canoe fort.
1795 - 1797

The American Fort    
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Vol.  III, Page 42
The American Fur Company’s attempt to lay claim to the furs along the Souris River
About 1810 - 1828

Chain Lakes Quaker Church  
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Vol.  III, Page 46
The area around Chain Lakes was settled by Quakers—also commonly known as “Friends.”

Dand Stone Features  WebPDF
Vol. III  Page 16
The purpose behind these mysterious and unique features may never be determined

The Edwards Sisters - Business Partners
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Vol.  IV, Page 31
What did Mr. and Mrs. Edwards think when Alice and Ida, at quite a young age, took the unusual step of moving to a nearby community and going into business?

Fort Desjarlais  
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Vol.  I, Page 13
Fort Desjarlais is remembered today as the most prominent and successful of the Souris River trading posts.

Fort Mr. Grant 
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Vol.  I, Page 12
FFort Mr. Grant was built sometime between 1824 and 1826 on the Souris River near Hartney.


Grande Clairière  
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Vol.III, Page 
31
During the winter of 1889—1890 Gaire travelled to France for a month to act as an “Immigration Agent” for the Canadian Government. He was overwhelmingly successful: 80 French and Belgium families accompanied him back to Winnipeg, 40 of which continued on to Grande Clairière.

Grande Clairière Convent  
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Vol.  I, Page 29
The beginning of the Grande Clairière Convent was marked in 1898 when Father J. Gaire, the parish priest from Grande Clairière, was visiting the family of one of his parishioners in France.
1898 - 1923
Hartney 
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Vol.I, Page  25

James Hartney's interest in the area began later in 1881. He bought two sections of land and hired labourers to work it before he moved to the area in 1882 with his family.

Mullett Site 
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Vol.  III, Page 12

 The period of the site’s occupation likely stretches from the Besant Period (BCE 500 to AD 750) right up to the pre-contact era.

Tena's Boarding House
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Vol.  IV, Page 24
 In today’s world how many people come home from work only to face another round of domestic chores? Not at Tena’s.
The Edwards Sisters - Business Partners
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Vol.  IV, Page 31
What did Mr. and Mrs. Edwards think when Alice and Ida, at quite a young age, took the unusual step of moving to a nearby community and going into business?
Lauder Sandhills  
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Vol.I, Page 3
The Lauder Sandhills, several miles west of Hartney, were created between 10,000 and 8,000 years ago.




Melita Robbery  
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Vol.  II, Page 38
A Midnight Crime Hits Southwest Manitoba . . .
September 1923



Bison Rubbing Stone
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Vol. III Page 9
In an era where herds of bison are but a memory, the bison rubbing stones remind us of a time well passed . . .

Brockinton Site 
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Vol. II  Page 33
The Brockinton archaeological site is located along the Souris valley wall south of Melita. This site was occupied by three different cultures over the last 1600 years. These occupations left behind rare and archaeologically invaluable finds.
 During this site's earliest occupation, it was used as a bison pound.

A Piece of the Broomhill Store
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Vol.  IV, Page 26
Perhaps when local Postmaster William Kilkenny and his brother John built it in 1908, they were not only optimistic, but also ahead of their time.

Captain Large and the Empress of Ireland 
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Vol.  II, Page 44


n 1908 “Captain” Hunt Johnston Rolston Large, a blacksmith from Coulter, Manitoba, got it into his head that he would build a steamship.
Copley Church  
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Vol.  II, Page 40
1890 - 1913
In the extreme southwest corner of the province of Manitoba there sits the ruins of a small church. The first church of any denomination to be built west of the Souris River.
Elva Elevator  
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Vol.  III, Page 44
The oldest remaining elevator in Canada!

Eunola School  
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Vol.  II, Page 41
The doors of this rural schoolhouse have not remained entirely closed with the end of classes.

Jim Dandy     
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Vol.  III, Page 38
One of Pierson’s early entrepreneurs. n 1897 he built the town’s first hardware store which he personally owned and operated.
Lyleton Branch      
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Vol.  II, Page 42
The fight to build and keep a rural railway line

Lyleton Shelterbelts 
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Vol. II , Page  45
The first of many shelterbelts to be planted in the region was completed in 1936. It consisted of 2,300 trees which were planted in a row measuring half a mile on C. E. Fennell’s farm.

The Home Bank Scandal Hits Lyleton
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Vol.  IV, Page 24
 On or about August of 1923, Stan Hill, the Manager of the Lyleton Branch of the Home Bank of Canada received a short telegram, delivered in code. It read; "Cease business, close the door."

Pierson    
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Vol.II   , Page 39
The Rise of a Town Planted Beside the Railway.
1891 - Present

Fultonville
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Vol.  IV, Page 36


"Fultonville", as the locals dubbed their venture, started off with three horses, a walking plow, a hoe, some pickaxes and a spade. 
Norman Breakey - The Inventor from Pierson  
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Vol.  IV, Page 49
 So, who can we thank for this handy implement which saves time, effort and laundry costs? Well that’s a bit of a sad story.
Norman Breakey - The Inventor from Pierson  
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Vol.  IV, Page 49
 So, who can we thank for this handy implement which saves time, effort and laundry costs? Well that’s a bit of a sad story.

Sourisford Linear Burial Mounds   
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Vol.  2, Page 40
 Artifacts from these thousand year-old burial mounds indicate the trade relations that existed upon the plains before convenient modes of transportation.



Chinese Settlement in Rural Manitoba
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Vol.  II, Page 50
Over the span of his nearly 100 years he became a sailor, farmer, veterinarian, gold-panner and dedicated community worker
Great Northern Railway
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Vol.  I, Page 30
Construction of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) began during the winter of 1905 and finished in 1906, covering the 69.5 miles (110 kms) from St. John's (Devil's Lake), North Dakota to Brandon, Manitoba.
1905 - 1936
Oil Exploration        
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Vol.  II, Page 46
The present-day oil boom builds upon a history of success in the oil industry
1949 - Present

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