Timeline... 1920 - 1929

The World

The conditions imposed upon Germany after WW1 help trigger an economic collapse and political turmoil that results leads to the rise of Adolph Hitler and his Nazi Party.

1927: Charles Lindberg flies solo from New York to Paris.


Post-War adjustments are difficult. The “Roaring Twenties” though fondly remembered most correctly apply to the latter part of the decade.


1920:The Manitoba Grain Growers’ Association becomes “The United Farmers of Manitoba.” It turned its attention to progressive farm legislation

Hartney and the R.M. of Cameron

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 tasks
- 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.

Hartney   Between   the   Wars

The excitement of the War 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 sang 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.


Annie Playfair leaves the Hartney Star – selling it to W.A. Bourns.


Lawyer Clyde McKenzie opens a law practice.
Home EconomicsSociety, established in 1912, has its name changed to Women’s Institute.
Willima Robson is successful as a independent farm candidate in the Provincial Election.
Excelsior Rebekah Lodge formed in Hartney – 24 ladies and 9 men.
Radio broadcasts reach Hartney.


Hartney – Lauder Agricultural Society formed
Riddell and Gordon  are local doctors
An Agricultural Display Building is erected on the Fair Grounds


Hartney Hotel is renamed the Bell Hotel.
An office of the Poultry Producers Association opens in Hartney with A. Landreth in charge. It is part of an ongoing effort to improve the production and marketing of poultry.
Ladies Auxiliary of the Royal Canadian Legion Formed.
A Dancing Class started by Mrs. Gordon that became known as the “Joy Girls” raised money for the construction of a bathing house at the swimming pool and for a donation towards the creation of a Golf Clubhouse.
During the twenties a “Little Theatre” group is formed. One successful production is the one-act play, “Jim Barber’s Spite Fence was written by Lillian Beynon Thomas who spent her early years in Hartney.

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 Collections
(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 the prairies.
Union Bank merges with the Royal under the name Royal Bank.


A Golf Club is formed on land NW of Town.
Power Commission; Canadian Fairbanks – Morse Co. Installs power plant.
Hartney Legion Branch No.26 formed.
United Grain Growers 2 MB govt. Elevators.


Radios becoming popular in Hartney.
Fred Brooks hired as the first town electrician.
Hartney Ladies Curling Club established.
Mrs. James Forbes opened a maternity centre in her home.


Hartney United Church built on the site of the former Methodist Church –  Reverend C.W. Gordon (Ralph Connor) is guest speaker at the opening.


Hartney Cooperative Elevator Association formed.
Consumer’s Cooperative Assoc set up in Hartney.
MB Assoc of Poultry Producers has it origins in Hartney.