Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Radio Edition for November 23, 2014

Tune in Sunday at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM as West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition returns for a second year !

I will be joined in-studio by Winnipeg author Marie Sharpe Schnerch to discuss her latest book The Roblin, the Adelaide Street hotel famous for having Canada's last men's only beer parlour ! A special guest will be Camille Roy, a descendant of the original owner who grew up at the hotel.

Our conversation will include the Lauzon Block on William Avenue and the Riverview Hotel in Elmwood.


Also, I will speak to B.C-based author and journalist Elinor Florence to talk about her novel Bird's Eye View set in World War II England.

Music by Vera Lynne, Gisele Mackenzie and J. Thobodeau.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Behind the Photo: The Eaton's electric truck of 1934

Often I will see an old photo or ad and spend some time digging into the back story. Sometimes I find a great story, sometimes not. Either way, I learn a few things about the city's history. Here's my latest attempt:

November 9, 1934, Winnipeg Tribune

In November 1934 the T. Eaton Company introduced this electric delivery truck to its Winnipeg fleet. The chassis was by the Walker Vehicle Company of Chicago, builders of electric delivery trucks between 1907 and 1941.

Chalmers March 26, 1938 Tribune

For the truck body, Eaton's turned to local company Chalmers Auto, Truck and Body Works, to create a custom design in its traditional blue, red and white livery.

Chalmers was founded by James Chalmers who came to Winnipeg in 1909 from the Orkney Islands and started a blacksmith and carriage repair shop at 342 Nairn Avenue. That business evolved into and auto body repair custom body shop that did work for many local dairies.

January 19, 1946, Winnipeg Tribune

Whatever happened to the truck? Searching newspaper and other archives, I can find no mention or photos of it in action. The one exception is a classified ad in the January 19, 1946 Winnipeg Tribune selling it for $300.

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Marlborough Hotel turns 100 !

November 14, 1914, Winnipeg Tribune

One hundred years ago today the Marlborough Hotel opened its doors as the Olympia Hotel and on Saturday, November 15 the hotel is having a 100th birthday celebration.

The luxury, four storey hotel was envisioned during the city's most prosperous year, 1912, but by the time it opened the city was in a recession and World War I had dried up the luxury travel market. The original owners went bust. 

July 10, 1923, Winnipeg Free Press

The building served as an army barracks before reopening as a hotel and it wasn't until the 1923 expansion that added five floors and a ballroom space, did it hit its stride and live up to the dreams of its original owners.

It has had its ups and downs over the years but is definitely a building worth checking out. Much of the original 1914 interior and workmanship is still intact. Lunch at Joanna's should definitely be on your to do list !

Marlborough Hotel

If you can't catch Saturday's event, read my newly updated history of the hotel at my Winnipeg Downtown Places blog !

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The Manitoban at 100: Other writers and editors

The Manitoban at 100 series: 
Part 1: W. B. Hurd, first chief editor 
Part 2: Isabel Turnbull Dingman, first female chief editor 
Part 3: Other notable editors

Over the century there have been nearly a hundred editors and thousands of writers at The Manitoban. Here's a selection of some notable names mixed it with a selection of stories. Feel free to add more names in the comments section !

In Memoriam 1914 - 1918, November 11, 1930

Reverend John Edwards was editor ca. 1920 but became better known to generations of U of M students as the manager of the university bookstore from 1923 to 1961. After retiring, he went to theological school and became an associate minister at Knox Church for a decade.

Graham Spry was an editor ca. 1919, then a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press. In 1930, worried that Canada was being left behind with the proliferation of private U.S. radio stations, he co-founded the Canadian Radio League. The group lobbied for a national radio broadcaster which culminated in the founding of the CBC. (To read a 1972 interview about his Winnipeg days.)

Maxwell Cohen was editor ca 1930. After graduating from law, it was on to a research fellowship at Harvard then then teaching international law at McGill. He was a chair of the Canada-United  States International Joint Commission and the Canadian judge ad hoc on the International Court of Justice.

New Arts (Tier) Building, November 4, 1930

Marhsall McLuhan was a Manitoban writer from 1930 to 1934. He went on to become an internationally known professor, writer and lecturer on the subject of communications and media. The University of Manitoba Library and Archives has a website dedicated to his Manitoban essays.

In the late 1940s Bob Halparin was a reporter and sports columnist for The Manitoban. (Also was brother of UMSU president Monte Halparin, who later became known as Monty Hall.) Halparin got up the nose of veteran reporter Jack Matheson, who wrote in his Winnipeg Tribune column on October 25, 1948: "Bob Halparin, official mouthpiece of the University Moaning Society, penned several hundred words of ‘wisdom’ in the student newspaper last week regarding University athletic policy. Bob, who weights 180-odd pounds, would possibly be some help to the team. He’s no help to The Manitoban."

In the mid 1940s Art Foster was sports editor and a member of the Bisons' basketball team. His true calling was tennis and he went on to become the provincial men's singles champion six times.

October 18, 1939

Harold Buchwald was editor in the early 1950s. After graduating from law, the firm he co-founded merged in 1998 to form Pitblado. Buchwald served on the boards of dozens of charitable organizations and was a Member of the Order of Canada and is in the Winnipeg citizens hall of fame.

Hon. Francis Muldoon was an editor in the early 1950s. He graduated from law and served as the chair of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission in the 1970s and was appointed a Justice to the Federal Court of Canada in 1983. 

Israel "Izzy" Asper was an editor in the early 1950s. He graduated from law in 1957 and became leader of the Manitoba Liberal party in 1970. Later that decade, he and some business partners purchased KCND-TV of Pembina, North Dakota, which was the seed from which he grew the Canwest Global media empire.

Halparin (Monty Hall) elected UMSU President, March 1, 1944

Reg Skene was editor ca. 1956. After obtaining his Masters of Arts, it was on to the U of T for a Doctor of Philosophy. He returned to become a faculty member at the U of W in 1965 and became driving force behind the creation of its Department of Theatre and Drama. 

Photographer and journalist Christopher "Kip" Park was an editor in the late 1950s. His fonds is the basis for the online collection entitled  Libraries, Landmarks and Built Heritage of the West at the U of M Library.

 Norrie Elected UMSU President, February 20, 1951

Heather Robertson was the editor in the early 1960s and went on to have a fifty-year career as a writer and journalist. In 2006 she won a decade long legal battle against the Globe and Mail, fighting for the right of freelance writers to protect their copyright when their work was digitized to an online database.(Also.)

Peter Herndorff was an editor ca. 1962, along with Heather Robertson. Later attending Dalhousie and Harvard Business School, he became a producer with the CBC, editor of Toronto Life magazine, chairman of TVOntario and is now the CEO of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

James Lorimer was an editor along with Robertson and Herndorff in the early 1960s. After graduating with a degree in economics, he went to the London School of Economics for his PhD. In the early 1970s he created James Lorimer and Company publishers in Toronto.

UMSU coup by med students, March 19 1954

David Saunders was a recent mayoral candidate but in the mid 1960s was a law student and editor of The Manitoban. From there, it was on to journalism before joining the public service with the province of Manitoba. 

Matt Bellan was a co-editor in the early 1970s. He went on to journalism school and, after a brief stop in Regina, returned to Winnipeg where he was the editor of The Jewish Post for over 25 years. 

Andrew Coyne was just 19 years-old when he was editor, ca. 1979. In one edition The Manitoban included an ad with the "c" word in it, which caused outrage that spilled over into the mainstream media, (read more about that here.) After graduating from law, it was on to the London School of Economics, then a career in journalism that has included being a columnist and editorial writer for National Post and national editor for Maclean's.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Manitoban at 100: A profile of its first female editor

The Manitoban at 100 series:
Part 2: Isabel Turnbull Dingman, first female chief editor
Part 3: Other notable editors

The Manitoban staff 1917 - 1918, (source)

It didn't take long for The Manitoban to get its first female chief editor.

As the First World War dragged on, more and more male students enlisted, (1,119 in total), and fewer were applying as freshmen. As a result, female students found themselves taking on what might have been considered non-traditional roles on campus. 

In the 1917-1918 academic year Eileen Bulman was elected UMSU president and Isabel Dingman (nee Turnbull) became the editor of The Manitoban. Dingman addressed this in her first editorial: "In some cases, girls are now filling positions formerly held by boys. But although in the past they have struggled for equal rights, it is with no feeling of exultation that they get them."

The Manitou-born Dingman recalled years later to The Manitoban that most of her battles were with their off-site printer: "From what I have since learned of printers and their command of lurid language, I realize now that the poor man was sadly handicapped by having to deal with a  female editor.”

October 30, 1933, Winnipeg Free Press

At the end of the year, Dingman graduated with her M.A. then landed a job as a night reporter at the Winnipeg Free Press. Her first assignment was a big Boy Scout celebration in West Kildonan. By the early 1920s she was writing regularly for the Women's Section. 

Dingman also created an advice column called Personal Problems, writing under the more experienced sounding pseudonym of "Mrs. Elizabeth Thomson". She provided everything from household tips to relationship advice to those who mailed in their dilemmas. The column was so popular that in 1934 the Free Press dropped a similar column by American Dorothy Dix to give it a regular spot. Eventually, it became syndicated as "Mrs. Thompson Advises" and was published in papers across Canada until around 1950.

James, Jocelyn and Isabel Dingman ca. 193os (source)

In the late 1920s Dingman moved to Regina to become the Leader-Post's women's section editor. That is where she met and married husband James Dingman. By the end of the decade they moved to Ontario, eventually ending up in Windsor, where he became an editor at the Star.

During this time Isabel Dingman, an accomplished pianist, was the music critic for the Toronto Globe and Mail from 1936 to 1940 and an arts writer at the Windsor Star from 1940 to 1948. She continued to write her syndicated column and free lanced for Sunday newspaper magazines and the likes of Chatelaine. In 1947 she co-wrote, Face Powder and Gunpowder with Jean M. Ellis, a lighthearted account of Canadian women who served overseas during World War II, (read a review here).

Dingman was also a long-time executive member of the Canadian Women's Press Club, first with the Winnipeg branch when she was at the Free Press, then nationally where she served as president and chair of the annual journalism awards committee. In the mid 1950s she went on a press tour with other journalists from the club to do a series of reports on what home life was like in West Germany a decade after the war.

Top:April 8, 1948, Winnipeg Tribune
Bottom: May 19, 1960, Winnipeg Free Press

James died in 1947 at the age of 42, leaving Isabel and teenaged daughter. The following year she was invited to become a founding member of staff at the University of Western Ontario's journalism school where she helped train a generation of Canadian journalists.

Dingman died at London Ontario on May 18, 1960 at the age of 62.

Dingman's first editorial

The Manitoban Goes Suffragette The Manitoban, Convocation Issue 1933
The Manitoban's first chief editor West End Dumplings
100 years of the Manitoban U of M Today
The Birth of The Manitoban The Manitoban 1933
The Manitoban online archive (full) U of M Library
The Manitoban online archive (partial) Manitobia

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Manitoban at 100: A profile of its first editor

The Manitoban at 100 series:
Part 3: Other notable editors

The Manitoban, front page, Vol. 1 No. 1 (source)

 "We want to make The Manitoban palatable to you all, and we welcome any suggestions you may have as to the method of preparing the feast. Some spice will be required to flavour the taste, and some good solid food to give support and strength to the diet. We are neither vegetarians nor epicures." 
Chief Editor W. D. Hurd, November 5, 1914

One hundred years ago today the first edition of The Manitoban, The University of Manitoba's student newspaper, rolled off the presses ! 

There does not appear to be an existing copy of the first edition available online. (The above front page which can be found at both Manitobia and the U of M Library, is referred to as the "first edition" but if you read past the reproduction first page, it is a collection of stories and recollections from its first decade or so. Unless the 1914 staff were clairvoyants, they couldn't have written it !)

In a nod to the fledgling, bi-monthly publication, the Free Press of November 6, 1914 noted that the first edition “…consists of sixteen pages of reading matter of both a light and serious vein, and a goodly share of advertizing which demonstrates that the periodical has at least started on a food financial basis.” After a series of stories profiling prominent people on campus, it went on to a series of lighter "Around the Campus" sections from each faculty.

Under the paper's first Editor in Chief William Burton Hurd and business manager T. B. Brandon, there were seven associate editors, one for each department, and, of course, a sports editor.

Image: September 6, 1919, Winnipeg Tribune

Born in Brockville, Ontario, but raised in Manitoba, William Burton Hurd graduated from the University of Manitoba with his B.A.*  in 1913.

In the preparatory stages of The Manitoban, the First World War began and many students would soon be off to battle. Despite suffering from ill health throughout his life, Hurd assisted with the war movement through the Canadian YMCA Regiment. A May 22, 1915 Free Press article notes that Hurd and another worker were dispatched to Camp Sewell, (later known as Camp Hughes), near Brandon by the YMCA to work with troops stationed there. 

The Canadian, American and British branches of  "The Y" provided auxiliary services for camps, such as physical activity, educational programs, reading rooms and “...one hundred and one other little things that make camp life more interesting.” The Canadian YMCA Regiment served at camps in Canada, England and near the front. At least three members were killed in action.

September 6, 1919, Winnipeg Tribune

In the fall of 1915 Hurd went to England as a member of the YMCA Regiment attached to the 52nd Battalion. In February 1916 he was sent to France with the 9th Brigade and in 1917 was placed in charge of the YMCA’s work for the 2nd Canadian Division. 

During his service he was twice Mentioned  in Dispatches, rose to the rank of Captain and in January 1919 was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

It 1917 Hurd was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and was able to attend a summer session at Queen's College, Oxford. When the war ended, he returned to Winnipeg for a few weeks then left again for Oxford in September 1919 to study Political Science and Economics. He graduated with his Masters* in 1921.

Top: Brandon College ca. 1920s (source)
Bottom: July 19, 1929, Winnipeg Tribune

After graduation, it was back to Manitoba where he took a job as professor and head of the Political Economy Department at Brandon College (now Brandon University). He became Dean of Arts in 1928 and the following year Dean of Brandon College. (One of his students, for whom he predicted a great future, was Stanley Knowles.)

Hurd lived with his wife, the former Ruth Winnifred Winkler of Morden, and son Donald, first at 364 16th Street, then 1526 MCTavish Avenue.

Brandon College, which was affiliated with the Baptist church, was never a money making institution and the Depression nearly ended its existence. Hurd oversaw years of hardship as the College survived hand-to-mouth, at times the faculty went unpaid. It was said to have been a period of great strain on his already ill health.

Hurd ca. 1928 (The Sicle)

In 1935 Hurd left Brandon College to become a professor of Political Economy at McMaster University. In 1939 he became Associate Dean of Arts and from 1947 to 1949 the Chair of the Department of Political Economy.

Hurd became a noted expert on demographics and population. He advised the federal government and wrote articles for many national publications and a number of books, many of them for the Dominion Department of Statistics. He was also a  fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a president of the Canadian Political Economy Association.

February 4, 1950, Winnipeg Free Press

In January 1949 it was announced that Hurd had to retire due to ill health. He was succeeded as Chair of the Department of Political Economy by Professor John Graham of the University of Manitoba.

Hurd died on February 3, 1950 at the age of 55.

* Different sources give varying accounts of what degrees he received at each university. He was 19 when he graduated from U of M, so I will assume that was his B.A.. The Brandon University yearbook of 1927-28 notes he has an M.A. from Oxford.

Next up: The Manitoban's first female editor and links to other notable The Manitoban writers of the past !

100 years of the Manitoban U of M Today
The Birth of The Manitoban The Manitoban 1933
The Manitoban online archive (full) U of M Library
The Manitoban online archive (partial) Manitobia
William Burton Hurd fonds McMaster University
William Burton Hurd Manitoba Historical Society

Some of Hurd's publications:

- Origin, birthplace, nationality, and language of the Canadian people (1929)

- Population Movements in Canada 1921-31, and Their Implications (1934)

- Ethnic origin and nativity of the Canadian people (ca 1941)

- Racial origins and nativity of the Canadian people : a study based on the Census of 1931and Supplementary data (1937) (Read online !)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The Radio Edition - November 2, 2014

The podcast can be found here !

Join me, Christian Cassidy, and Katie Seymour tonight at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM for another edition of West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition.

Our guest will be blogger, UMFM radio show host and U of M Program Director of Aboriginal Focus Programs Robert-Falcon Ouellette.Oh yes, he was also involved in the recent civic election !

Play List
Khosid Dance by Michael Levy
The Pothole Song by Richie Kavanagh
Woman in Chains by Tears for Fears