Some General Trends in the 1920’s
- Throughout the prairies communities erected various memorials
commemorating the sacrifice and service of those who participated in
the “Great War.”
- On farms and in businesses trucks were replacing horses for everyday
- Commercial travelers now use cars making them more flexibly mobile.
This trend eventually led to the decline in demand for hotel rooms and
of course a decline in rail passenger traffic.
- many communities reached the peak of business expansion in the
pre-war years. We see stores changing hands, closing
- the same decline is seen in housing – again communities
had expanded to the natural capacity
- the adoption of a car-based transportation economy saw the expansion
of car-based service – gas stations, auto repair shops
- in recreation tennis and cricket declined. Hockey continued to grow,
as did curling.
- radio helps connect remote hopuseholds to the rest of the world
This excerpt frtom
“The Mere Living” speaks to the changes.
Between the Wars
The excitement of
years, the re-aligning of values in the light
of the necessity for personal survival on the battlefields and for
national victory, had a disrupting effect on the puritanical taboos by
which Manitoba servicemen were influenced before enlistment.
As the home folk
with the returning men "How ya goin' to keep 'em
down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" they realized that, if this
were to be accomplished, they must not be too critical of the changed
and more flexible attitudes their sons had acquired in Europe, among
which was a lesser willingness to attend Sunday services and adhere to
the rigid Sabbath customs of pre-war days, a tendency to mingle oftener
with dancing crowds, a less sterilized vocabulary and a continued
restlessness and dissatisfaction with things in general. This
restlessness was imparted to the youth of the following years and
brought about a sophistication and a swing away from old manners,
customs and morals, that was the more pronounced because of the rigid
restraints of the pre-war years.
The Sunshine Highway was built through Argyle. It was a network of
roads comprising a designated route from Brandon southeast to link with
highway system in North Dakota (Devil’s Lake). It passes through
Rounthwaite, Wawanesa, Ashdown, Baldur, Glenora, and Crystal
City. Part of that route ran along what was also the most direct route
between Baldur and Glenboro, since replaced by #5 Highway.
Portions of the Sunshine Highway that were replaced as the road was
straightened have been preserved as a pathway by the owners of the
Argyle Council grants remission on arrear on land settled under the
Soldier Settlement Board.
Wages for skilled workers drops from a dollar and hour to 85 cents.
The Greenway Agricultural Society formed. First Greenway Fair.
Lee Foon built a new building in 1924 which houses his store and
café and ice-cream shop. It remained in the family until 2010.
Automobile Road Map of Manitoba (1924)
Emmett, A.C. Automobile Road Map of Manitoba [map]. 1:760,320.
Winnipeg: Stovel Company Ltd., 1924.
Image Courtesy of University of Manitoba Archives & Special
(Morris Block fonds, MSS 207, A.05-43)
National Union of Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches
formalizes the many informal unions that had been taking place across
Union Bank merges with the Royal under the name Royal Bank.
St. George’s Anglican Church moved from Marringhurst to Glenora.
Dr. I.M. Cleghorn stands for the Liberal Party in Mountain and wins.
General upturn in the local economy.
Formation of the Baldur Cooperative Pool Elevator.
The Huffman-Christie Barn in 1928
The last years of the twenties were a time of expansion and growth.