Timeline... 1910 - 1920

The World

1912: Titanic sinks after hitting an iceberg on its first voyage.
1914: WW 1 – 1914 – 18
1917: Russian Revolution and the beginning of Communist rule.


Conscription Crisis


Widespread drought
Winnipeg General Strike

Hartney and the R.M. of Cameron


William McDonald converts his stable to an Imperial Oil store.
William McDonald elected mayor
J. E. Sparrow opens a Furniture Store & Undertaking Establishment.
Riverside Cemetery Co. is transferred to the town.
Union Bank built – J.F. Bradley serves as bank manager until 1932.


The Lyceum Movie Theatre opens on January, 1.

Miss Annie Playfair buys the Hartney Star from Walpole Murdoch.


Annie Playfair

William Laughlan invited to the Provincial Exhibition in Winnipeg in recognition of his many awards for his grain.
Sept 19 Bank of Montreal Branch in Hartney opens


Economic downturn in Manitoba – affects much local industry in smaller communities.
Creamery formed and then opened 1913.
The Manitoba Government encourages Home Economics Societies.
The Manitoba Government takes over Municipal phones.
An Agricultural College is established in Winnipeg.
Local vote on union of Methodists & Presbyterians. Feb 5
C.D. Batty assumes postmaster duties (until 1935).


Prize offered at Brandon Fair for best six-horse team. Hartney team wins.
Racine’s Mikado performed.
Home Economics Society formed.
The first Garage – solely for the sale and repair of automobiles was established  by Delmar Scharf.  Fords, Reos, Hupmobiles, McLaughlins, and Oldsmobiles became common sights.


World War 1 begins.

Chas. Fee , son of pioneer John Fee is the first Hartney resident to enlist in September

Natatorial Swimming Society for girls only.
Aug 13: The  Star calls for recruits.
The Star reports on terrible battle in Belgium. Details continue as the War gets underway.
Hartney Red Cross formed. September:
A Patriotic Society is formed in Manitoba.
Classes to teach knitting are established.
Electric Light Scheme discussed, but not undertaken.
Hartney Women’s Institute formed.

East Railway Ave.  1914


The 222nd leaving for training, likely to Camp Hughes

Thomas Hill murdered by Harry Green
Mr. Green was held in Hartney Jail ; inquest in Hartney in 1914; trial in Brandon and execution in 1915.

Brandon Sun, 1914


18 more men enlist.
May – Patriotic Fund established.
Horses bought for war; Decline in farming.
September – Home Guard formed in Hartney.
Reports of War Casualties continue.


R.R Perry apponted bank manager – stays until 1938.
Early recruiting centre opened.
Train to Camp Hughes (east of Shilo) is the initial destination for the new recruits from Hartney. June 7.
Battle of the Somme.
Calls to conserve food.
Wheat - $ 2.40 – good prices in general.

Manitoba Women are given the right to vote – thanks to the efforts of women such as former Hartney residents. Francis and Lillian Beynon who, with activist Nellie McClung, had campaigned relentlessly for the change.
United Grain Growers elevator built on C.P.R. line
Hartney School introduces a matriculation course and received high school status.
Edward Briggs appointed to the Hartney tribunal for Military Service.


Nov 11 – Armistice ends World War 1
Hartney is under quarantine as the Spanish Flu spreads across North America.
Victoria Chapter No. 5 of the Order of the Eastern Star formed.


On the 29th of May a Banquet honours returned soldiers – 500 people attend

Scarborough’s Map of Manitoba Canada South Sheet (1918)

Scarborough Company of Canada Ltd. [Scarborough’s Map of Manitoba Canada South Sheet] [map]. Scale not given. [Regina]: Scarborough Company of Canada Ltd., 1918.