Over the years there have been many questions asked or not asked about the history of Little Mountain Park. More than 100 years ago, it was home to a village named Mount Royal ( the area is also known as Little Stony Mountain ) and a stone crushing operation which was the first limestone quarry of the city of Winnipeg.

 

northern Municipal pit
southern Egan pit

The Quarry's themselves (located between grid sections SW 1/4 Sec.34-Twp. 11-r.2 E and NW 1/4 Sec.26-Twp. 11-r.2 E) have names:

  • the Northern Quarry "Municipal" (or City) after the R.M.of Rosser and
  • the Southern Quarry (NE 27-11-2E) called "Egan," named after a contractor on the first stretch of the Winnipeg and Hudson Bay Railroad in 1886 known as "Sutherland's Forty ."
  • Mineral Inventory File No. 866
  • Product Dolomite, NTS Area 62H14NE, Ref. Dol 1
  • Name of Property / Little Stony Mountain ( Little Mountain)
  • Owner of Operator Address / ( Corporation of the City of Winnipeg)( Little Stony Mountain Quarry Co.)
  • Object Located Dolomite Quarries (2) / Mining Division Winnipeg
  • Latitude 49* 57' 40", Longitude 97* 14' 35" Uncertainty (m) 50m
  • Description of Deposit - Little Stony Mountain is a low ridge running north-south. The city of Winnipeg quarry is on the eastern side of the ridge, and the Egan quarry is a short distance farther south. The city quarry was sunk through 0.3-2.5m of overburden, 1.5-5m of finely crystalline dolomite of the Gunton Member and 1.2m of yellow mottled argillaceous dolomite of the Penitentiary Member of the Ordovician Stony Mountain Formation.
  • Chemical Properties: Ca C03: 49.09-55.87%,Mg C03:45.06-40.24%. For chemical analysis see Groudge (1944) and Wells (1905).
  • Uses: Crushed stone for street paving, curb stones, lime, dimension stone.

The first recorded use of the area was made by Rev. D.T. Jones, he was one of the early Protestant Ministers that served at the Red River Colony. In a Manitoba Historical Society essay by Harry Shave ( M.H.S. Transactions Series 3, Number 6, 1949-50 season ) he described the flood of 1826.

" The year 1826 was one of severe trail for the missionaries, and settlers. It was in the spring of that year that a disastrous flood occurred. The ice held firm until the end of April. Two days later the water rose and lifted the ice in a solid mass nine feet above its previous level. It continued to rise. the settlers fled to higher ground, leaving their belongings behind. some of the men obtained boats and removed some of their grain, furniture and cooking utensils. At Fort Garry, the Governor and his family fled to the upper story of their residence, the water having risen to a depth of ten feet in the buildings. They were later taken by boat to a place of refuge. the parsonage and upper church were flooded, and like the settlers, Mr. Jones, his staff and school boarders fled to higher ground. Many of the log houses were dashed to pieces and floated away. The places of refuge were Little and Big Stony Mountain, Bird's Hill and Silver Heights. In the early days of the flood the temperature was 5 degrees below freezing and rain, snow and sleet fell intermittently. The missionaries and settlers lived in tents on the various promontories during this state of confusion.

Before leaving the church and parsonage, Mr. Jones and his staff had built a platform under the roof of the church, where they placed some of their furniture and other valuables. Another platform was erected above the water level in the church and on Sunday, May 14, the people went to Divine Service by boat.

When, on June 12, the water had subsided to the extent that the people could return to their homes, they found a scene of desolation. Only three houses in the whole settlement were left standing. One of these was the parsonage, but the partitions between the rooms, the doors, windows and furniture had all been swept away. The upper church building suffered little, but the lower was a shambles.

After the flood had subsided, the settlers busied themselves with the re-building of their homes and with seeding.

Although the settlers suffered severe losses, they seem to have taken the catastrophe philosophically and soon became re-established. Repairs were made to the churches and parsonage, and in a short time evidences of the flood had disappeared."

1850, the burning of Lime was undertaken on a fairly large scale. A railway spur was connected from Moore siding on the Canadian Pacific Railway ( about 1.5 km to the southwest) to the quarry site.

1855, Production of lime ceased about this year.

This area has been occupied since 1870, the first settlers, James Isbister, Neil and Duncan Livingstone had filed the original claim on the land. However in an article in the Manitoba Free Press January 11 1873 it was decided that,

"Persons settled on Stony Mountain will not be sustained in holding homesteads. The authorities hold that the Mountain being a Limestone quarry, comes under the head of mineral lands and is therefore reserved from settlement."

These people lost their acreage they filled on to that government decision.

The area was subdivided into small 5 to 20 acre lots and sold, "by Public competition ", On February 1 st the Federal Government stepped in and decided to put the Quarries on public market by public sale in 10 acre lots at $ 1.00 per acre. The whole section was owned by George Stephen, A. Nimmons owned W 27-11-2E and section 9-11-2E was farmland owned by Honorable James McKay.

According to the Manitoba Free Press on August 3, 1875,

"It was proposed to gravel the streets of Winnipeg. Mr. Nimmons of Little Stony Mountain can supply gravel."

In 1877, Mr. Nimmons offered to build a tramway to the city for delivery. On January 25, 1881 the Manitoba Free Press reported that,

"Mr. Nimmons sold his farm at Little Stony Mountain. 320 acres for $ 56,000. It lies three miles from city limits, including 40 acres of stone quarry, 20 acres of sand and gravel. W. Brydon and Peter Robinson, purchasers."

In 1896, The City of Winnipeg purchased 32 hectares of land from Lord Strathcona.

The business did survive a collapse in the Winnipeg market in 1886. In 1898 the production of crushed stone for road building and of stone curbing was begun. The curb stones were cut by hand in the quarry and, like the crushed stone, were hauled to the loading site by horse drawn wagons running on narrow gauge track.

In 1898 the City of Winnipeg opened it's railway spur line to the quarry at section S 1/2 of SW 1/4 of 34-2E. The railway spur line cut through the land that was owned by the Egan family.

By 1900 the two quarry's were in full operation, the Egan quarry and the City ( Municipal) quarry. The City quarry was the main producer of dimension and foundation stone as well as the crushed stone. It's size is 90m long by 45m wide. The oven can still be seen today.

1904 was the peak year of operation for the City quarry and the last year for the Egan quarry's operation by the Little Stony Mountain Quarry Co.

In 1905, the City quarry was now 450m square and the increased thickness of the overburden as quarry size increased resulted in the operations becoming no longer profitable. The operation shut down and relocated to Stony Mountain .

 

The Park

Glacial Lake Agassiz formed a Limestone ridge that gave rise to the working quarries that in 1965 became what we know as Little Mountain Park . As reported in the Untied States Geological Survey of 1896.

" Little Stony Mountain. -- Eight miles south of Stony Mountain and 5 miles

west-northwest of Winnipeg, an outcrop of limestone, known as Little

Stony Mountain, has been quarried for lime-burning. The surface here rises

30 or 40 feet in a half mile, from east to west, to the limekiln and ( p.72 )

quarries, which are about 800 feet above the sea, and thence it holds nearly

this height westward. The limestone, shown to a depth of about 10 feet,

is apparently the same as that forming the upper part of Stony Mountain. It lies

in beds mostly 1 to 2 feet thick, horizontal, or in part dipping 1 to 2 degrees to

the south-southwest. "

The quarries, the Southern pit , Egan and the northern pit, Municipal, were after 10 years reopened in 1896 and the foundation for the village of Mount Royal was formed.

The village supplied the City of Winnipeg with it's first Limestone crushing operation. At it's height of production, 164 works and their families called the area home. But in 1905 the quarry was closed and the crusher was moved by horse drawn sled to present day Stony Mountain. Besides the two quarry's, the only reminder of the village of Mount Royal is the huge Cottonwood tree on Farmers road that was planted there many years ago.

Cottonwood Tree on Farmers Rd Cottonwood Tree on Farmers Rd

 

- Haunted Manitoba

As a side note, rumor has it the the Cottonwood tree was also called the hanging tree or the KKK tree has three marks on one of the branches, I've found no evidence of anything happening there, people do get a cold chill when they are near it. So much so that the Winnipeg Paranormal Group has investigated the site and found some pretty interesting things around the Cottonwood and in the Quarry itself.

Little Mountain Park 07/02/08

" On our first trip to Little Mountain Park, we decided to focus the investigation on what is

referred to as the "KKK" tree. There are many reports of people being hung from this tree,

and reports of full bodied apparitions on or around said tree.

We took Video, photo, audio, and EMF readings. And while we did get a few small readings on

the EMF detector, our other evidence revealed nothing of interest.

For personal experiences, we did have some battery drainage on our video camera, and at

one point in the investigation, Glenn felt a hot spot on his hand. Peter felt Glenn's hand, and

immediately located the spot that was hotter than the rest of the hand.

Due to a lack of evidence, we cannot label the "KKK" tree as being haunted, but we definitely

would like to return and do another investigation of the tree".

Little Mountain Park 07/11/08

"We returned to Little Mountain park and focused our investigation on the pond/quarry this

time. Little Mountain Park was built on a limestone quarry, and it is believed that limestone acts

as a recorder for paranormal activity, resulting in a lot of residual haunting.

Once again, we documented our investigation with photos, video, audio, and EMF readings. We

didn't really turn up anything of interest except for a high pitch howling that I would attribute to local

wildlife, i.e. a bird. Other than that, we had no documented evidence of paranormal activity.

For personal experiences, there were few. Tatiana had moments of feeling extremely uncomfortable,

and Peter had a moment where a wave of panic came over him for about three seconds.

Overall, with the lack of evidence, we cannot label the park as haunted, but do plan to make a return trip."

" We took this picture as we were walking around, see if you can spot the face. It's center top,

behind the big rock formation.

We're not sure what to make of it, we will be taking a closer look at the spot on our night investigation.

It's probably just a great example of matrixing, but our return investigation should throw more light on it."

Up-date:

The week of May 05/10 the Paranormal group were back for another look at the area. The visit was mentioned by Joanne Kelly on April 26/10 Shaw Ch. 9, and covered by Marcy Markusa of the CBC.

In a book by Diane Steinback, 'How to Ghost Hunt in Winnipeg, Canada', she say's," Nighttime visitors have caught multiple orbs around the tree and people get an overwhelming sense of foreboding here".

Thursday July 22/2010, The Times pg. 16 , 'Ghost Hunters say the Truth is Out There' a story by Rob Brown, " St. Vital based husband and wife team of Fonzie and Sharon Granger are the driving spirits behind Shadows of Manitoba." Have been investigating Little Mountain's paranormal cases.

' Contrary to what some people might think, the Grangers say their investigative work is not about proving the paranormal, but disproving it'.

"When something is reported, we attempt to find a real world explanation for it," Sharon says.

* please take the time to read the full article.

All this makes for a really good ghost story at Halloween!

 

Donald A. SmithLouis RielA letter found in the Manitoba archives by then Postmaster J.J. Taylor in 1906, made reference to the Post Office receiving its official name from Donald A. Smith, the Lord of Strathcona and Mount Royal. In 1869, he was charged with putting down the Riel Uprising. A military expedition from Eastern Canada under the direction of Colonel Garnet Wolseley had reached Fort Garry.

Garnet Wolseley

 

Louis Riel had fled to the United States and the uprising was halted. By 1872, Lord Strathcona had acquired much of the area, his home was located some three miles from the Post Office at Mount Royal.

Little Mountain Park
Meeting Place: Farmer's Road at Klimpke Road
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Facilitiespicnic tablescovered arearunning waterwashrooms
Little Mountain ParkDuring the summer the park is covered with many colorful wildflowers. If you like to mix nature study and history with pure fun, there are large playing fields for any sports activity. The park contains a large section of aspen forest with a mosaic of hiking and cross country skiing trails. Owls, foxes, ground squirrels, and an occasional deer are but a sample of the wildlife which can be seen. 

Set aside as a park in 1965, Little Mountain is significant both as a natural area and for its historical background.Little Mountain Park provides 160 acres of woodland and open space only a short distance from downtown Winnipeg. 

Much of the park is located on a limestone ridge with the bedrock very near the surface. This fact led to the development of one of Winnipeg's first limestone quarries on site in 1896. Remnants of the abandoned quarry can still be seen. In fact, one of the old quarry pits now is a scenic pond surrounded by a picnic site. 

The park also contains a large section of aspen forest with a mosaic of hiking and cross country skiing trails. Owls, foxes, ground squirrels, and an occasional deer are but a sample of the wildlife which can sometimes be seen.

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The Quarry Village 1898 -1905

In 1896 the City of Winnipeg purchased 80 acres of property from Lord Strathcona for the development of Little Stony Mountain Quarry ( as it was called at that time ), under the direction of Colonel H.N. Ruttan. Here is a short biography of General Henry Norlande Ruttan ( 1848 - 1925 )

" Born in Cobourg, Ontario on 21 May 1848, son of Henry Jones and Margaret Ruttan, he was educated at Cobourg. He commenced a career in the engineering department of the Grand Trunk Railway ( 1866 to 1869 ), engineering staff of the Inter colonial ( 1869 to 1874 ), Canadian Pacific Railway ( 1874 to 1877 ), general practice of engineering ( 1877 to 1885 ), city Engineer, Winnipeg, since 1885. Served in No. 1 Company, 40th Battalion, during Fenian Raid, 1866. On formation of 90th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles, was gazetted Captain of Company B. Served during North West Rebellion, 1885, under General Middleton. In command of 90th Battalion, 1895 - 1900, when was placed on list of Reserve Officers. On organization of 100th Regiment, Winnipeg Grenadiers, 1910, was gazetted to command. Married Andrina Barberie, Dalhousie, New Brunswick, 1882; has one daughter and four sons, including Arthur Charles Ruttan and Charles Millidge Ruttan. Society: AF & AM: Institute of Civil Engineers, London; American Society Civil Engineering, New York; Canadian Society Civil Engineering, of which he was President in 1910; Member Royal Society Arts and Manufacturing. Anglican. Address: Armstrong's Point, Winnipeg. Ruttan died on 13 October 1925, at Winnipeg" - Manitoba Historical Society

Colonel H.N. Ruttan did much of the engineering survey work for 12 of the city of Winnipeg well water supply's including a report to the U.S. Geological Survey;

" pg 579 - Rosser - The railway well at Rosser is 29 feet deep, in till, which forms the surface there and east to Little Stony Mountain; water rises 15 feet from a sandy layer at the bottom. "

The City of Winnipeg was using the crushed Limestone for it's development of it's streets at a price of $ 1.30 per cubic yard. Under the first superintendent, Mr. C.P. Kelpin the quarries went into full production and became the first municipally owed quarry in North America.

The unincorporated Village of Mount Royal laid claim to mayor, 2 blacksmith shops, post office, general store operated by Mr. L.P. Brault, a dance hall. A boarding house run by a Miss Ford, pool hall and of course, everybody's favorite person, the bootlegger (long,cold winters).

Unable to afford room and board many summer workers found shelter by excavating into the banks of the quarry. They used timbers and ties from the railroad line to make some kind of weather proof dwelling. The railway spur line connected to the present day Moore siding has long disappeared, some cleared sections of the stone bed still can be seen . The Municipal Pit, (north side of the road) owned by the R.M. of Rosser was reopened briefly during the 1930's to help local residents deal with employment during the Depression.

There are very few church records that have survived, the parish of Christ Church Rosser, was formed 13 May 1902 by Archbishop Robert Machray and had formally ceased to exist by 1952 when the church structure was removed from the site.

The 1906 Census of Canada for Manitoba, District #8 ( Selkirk), Sub district #17

Lists the following people at the Post Office of Mount Royal:

Pg.   Row Hse.   Surname  Name       Rel.  Sex  M. Status  Age  B. Place    Immig. Year  Post Office Sec/ward  Twp/ Street  Reg/No.  Mer.

64     9              Kennedy  Robt.        S.     M.      S.          27    Irl.         1906           Mount Royal     4            12             2           E.

64     10  399     Comrie     James       H.     M.      M.         60    On.                           Mount Royal

64     11            Comrie     Elizabeth   W.     F.      M.         50    On.                           Mount Royal

64     12            Comrie     Robert      S.      M.      S.         22    On.                            Mount Royal

64     13            Comrie     Jessie        D.      F.       S.         19    On.                            Mount Royal

64     14            Comrie     George      S.      M.      S.         17     On.                            Mount Royal

64     15            Comrie     James       S.      M.      S.         15      On.                            Mount Royal

64     16            Comrie     Harriet      D.      F.       S.         12      On.                           Mount Royal

64     17  400     Lawrence James       H.     M.      M.          77    Sct.      1873             Mount Royal   4              12             2            E.

64     18            Lawrence Margaret    W.    F.      M.          73    Sct.      1873             Mount Royal

64     19            Lawrence  Lyle         S.      M.      S.          46    Sct.      1873               Mount Royal

64     20            Lawrence  Nellie       D.      F.       S.          30    On.                             Mount Royal

64     21            Lawrence  Edward    S.      M.      S.           26   Mb.                             Mount Royal

64     22            Clement      John      Hir.    M.      S.           35    Eng.    1906               Mount Royal

 

Field Battary, 1902 Boer WarRecords have shown that according to the Fort Garry Horse Museum ,the people of the village of Mount Royal (Little Stony Mountain) have also seen military action. As early as 1876 the area around Little Stony Mountain was being used as a training ground for the 13th Winnipeg Field Battery. The camp was in service during the summer months up to 1903, some troops that trained there may have seen service in the Boer War in Africa and the First World War.

 

In an article by W.L. Marschamps, Massey's Magazine March 1897 vol. 3  pgs. 183-192 , he chronicles the development of the Field Battery. It is very interesting reading. This is a 'VERY' short synopsis of the article.

" The 13th, or "Winnipeg" Field Battery of Canadian Artillery was organized in 1871 at the request of a number of loyal citizens of old 'Fort Garry', with a view to training in the science of gunnery, a specially selected number of the residents of the Red River Settlement favourable to Canadian connection as an additional aid towards the preservation of the peace, order, and good government of the recently-established Province of Manitoba, now known as the "Bull's Eye" of the Dominion, then the recent scene of stirring events in the history of the country which had left that new community in a condition which made all law-abiding inhabitants apprehensive of the public safety."

* more to come!

Many thanks to Lara Andrews , Librarian at the Military History Research Centre Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

 

The Post Office (1906 - 1920)

The Post Office was opened in 1902 and remained open until 1920, situated in the general store (Owen by Mr.L.P. Brault). He was payed a sum of $ 34.00 a year for the use of the space in his store. Being the Postmaster was quite an honor and a seat on the council, however it was the housewives job to make the run to Winnipeg three times a week to pick up and drop off the mail. A frontier town was not known for it's neatness so there was an endless track of muddy floors that needed to be cleaned. The post office remain on site from 1906 to 1918 when it moved to Stony Mountain.

During the First World War the railroad employed many foreign works, it was the responsibility of the post office to stamp their identification cards. It was not uncommon to have twenty or more at a time crammed into the small store.

The School

During the height of production the number of school children swelled to 25. This proved to be to much for the small Mount Royal school to handle. Acting on a suggestion by Mr. W. MacWilliam, the children were moved into the dance hall in the village. The raised stage became the class room for the small community.

Name: Little Mountain School District #52

Location: NE 21-11-2 EPM

Formation Date & Device: March 7, 1878 under the device of the Protestant Board of Education

Reorganized Date & Detail: January 1, 1958 into the Municipality of Rosser School District #2356

The School District Of Little Mountain No. 52

Cross-Reference:

By-Law No. 1141 of R.M. of Rosser, dated May 7,1957 and effective January 1st,1958, forming The Municipal School District of Rosser No.2356 and including all lands comprising the following school districts:

Little Mountain S.D. No. 52 (union)

Lillyfield S. D. No. 226

Rosser S.D. No. 594

Rosser Village S, D. No. 750

Gerrie S.D. No. 778

West Rosser S. D. No. 1246

Meadows S.D. No. 1365

Wentworth S.D. No. 1801

Kelsey S. D. No. 2318

will be found in The Municipal School District of Rosser No. 2356 formation file.

Reorganized Date & Detail: January 4 1967, into the Interlake School Division #21

Manitoba Free Press October 17, 1903 ( * there's a few words in the article I couldn't make out , sorry )

Grant for Quarry School

Education Difficulty there has largely Solved at Last:

The refusal or objection of the Rosser Municipality to give school facilities to the children residing at the city quarries was the only change from the usual routine of business at the finance committee meeting yesterday. Foreman Kelpin wrote as follows:

" About a year ago there were twelve children whose parents were employees of the city quarry, attending daily at Little Mountain School. They were nearly all notified that their parents must pay a monthly fee for each pupil or they could not attend any longer. Some of the pupils were given the money, which they paid over to the teacher for the trustees. This, I contended was illegal, as the parents were tenants on the quarry property for which the city was paying school taxes. One man, Mr. John Hutchinson refused to send the money asked for, and his children were refused admittance to the school. I, in company with Mr. Hutchinson, called on Mr. Moore, chairman of the board of trustees and told him if they did not allow the children to attend school, we would enter action for damages. This had the desired effect and the children were permitted to attend school. I was told after that, the money collected had been returned to the pupils. Ever since that time the quarry men children were merely allowed in the school on suffrage ."

" Owing to the condition of affairs in the Little Mountain School, we decided to open a school in the hall at the quarry. We petitioned the municipality of Rosser to put aside some territory that we might get a grant from the Provincial government , but the arbitrators appointed by the municipality refused the application. The government, however on the recommendation of Inspector Best, allowed us the usual grant given to Public schools. The school was opened on Monday, October 5, with sixteen children in attendance."

" The distance from the quarry to Little Mountain School is one and a quarter miles. The school at that place that 46 pupils of which 19 were from the quarry. We have room for 24 children. Outside of $ 130 from the government the expense is met by voluntary subscription."

City Gives Grant

Chairman Russell frankly stated his objection of teachers who would accept given instructions as to merely have the children in the school on suffrage. Such were not fit to be teachers. Ald. Gibson did not think it was the teacher who was to blame. The responsible people are the trustees. Ald. Wead who ladulged in expressing some very decided opinions on the matter. The establishing of the school, however and its recognition by the local government had to a very great extent survived the difficulty, and the committee decided to recommend the grant of $ 130 towards its maintenance. The city solution in answer to a query as to the constitutionality of such an act saw teaching to the contrary.

The lots on the Northwest corner of William Avenue and Kate street, with a frontage of ( ? ) feet on William and a depth of 132 feet to a lane, did not attract many bids. After being advertised several times only two offers were made, one at $ 2,100 and another at $ 1,508. These were not favorably received and were referred to the committee did not feel disposed to part with the land. It was central, Ald. Russell pointed out and could be used for quarry public purposes and if they ( ?) to buy such a piece they would (?) to pay a big price for it. The city owns considerable lands and bids will be taken to dispose of such as are not likely to be useful to the city.

A(?) dan sent up the board of works as approved by them, being a subdivision of D.G.S. G2 St. James was approved by the finance committee. Other subdivision plans were also approved.


Real News Headlines

Manitoba Free Press, Dec 6, 1907
Wanted

Teacher for Little Mountain S. D. . Six miles west of the city hall, Winnipeg, Male or Female. Second or third- class professional : Duties to commence January 3, and continue for full year. Apply stating salary and experience. Personally or by letter, to H.O. Ayearst, sec.-treas. , Mount Royal, Manitoba 131-2

Manitoba Free Press, December 21, 1908
Pupils at Little Mountain Contribution to Enjoyable Programme.

A very enjoyable entertainment was given by the pupils and friends of Mount Royal school, Little Mountain last Friday evening, which was an decided success. Mr. Taylor was chairman.

The programme consisted of dialogues and recitations by the children, trained by the teacher, Miss Maggie Thompson of Winnipeg, and they acquitted themselves in a very creditable manner. One piece in particular where an imitation telephone was used created much amusement for the audience. The Japanese songs sung in costume, were very well rendered.

Mrs. Charles Archibald kindly lent her piano for the occasion and sang a song and an encore accompanied on the piano by Miss Winne Ayearst with the effect. Mr. Archibald and Miss Thompson also each sang solos which were well received. There was also some choice instrumental music on the piano, violin and banjo by three young people.

The Misses May Ayearst and Mira Atkinson, school children deserve special mention for a piano duet. The entrainment was brought to a close with refreshments provided by the parents. Mr. Haddow, Reeve of Rosser very generously donated a box of oranges. The schoolhouse was packed to the doors and very clearly shows the necessity for a public hall or a larger school building.

The proceeds amounting to $ 35 will be applied to increasing the number of books in the school library.

The Reeve of Rosser, Mr. John Haddow

- a short bio of Mr. John Haddow ( 1855 - 1932 ) Farmer, Municipal official

Born at Banffshire, Scotland on 17  August 1855, he was a member of the Glasgow police force. He immigrated to Manitoba in 1882 and farmed in the Rosser district until 1913. He served as Reeve of the Rural Municipality of Rosser from 1909 to 1921, later Mayor of the Village of Brooklands. He was an active member of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities, including its Vice-President from 1919 to 1920, and President from 1920 to 1921. He was also involved with the Manitoba Good Roads Association, being Vice-President under S.R. Henderson and President from 1928 to 1929, when he was forced to retire due to ill health. He died at Winnipeg on 22 January 1932. He is commemorated by Haddow Street in Winnipeg.

Source: Western Municipal News, February 1932, pg. 63 MHS web site

Manitoba Free Press July 31, 1911

Post Office Inspector's Office, Winnipeg, MB, 14th July,1911 - Mail Contract

Sealed Tenders, addressed to the Postmaster General, will be received at Ottawa, until noon on Friday, the 25 th day of August,1911, for the conveyance of His Majesty's Mails.

On a proposed Contract for four years, three times per week each way, between Lillyfield and Winnipeg, via Mount Royal each Way, from the 1 st of October, next.

Printed notices containing further information as to conditions of proposed Contract may be obtained at the Post Offices of Lillyfield, Mount Royal and Winnipeg and at the office of the Post Office Inspector.

W.W. McLeod Post Office Inspector

Manitoba Free Press July 16 , 1913

Western Farm Editorial Comment : The Winnipeg Industrial

It has always been the practice of the Free Press to comment editorially on the larger farms and though the Winnipeg Industrial is not yet concluded all the events which are of special interest to the farmers have been pulled off. The exhibition management are to be sincerely pitied for the notorious weather which has prevailed during almost the entire time of the fair. There is no use wasting time speaking about the grounds and buildings, because it is understood that their days are numbered, and perhaps nothing more could be expected than was received.

PercheronThe live stock exhibit as a whole was a very fine one. In some sections it is the best that has ever been put on; this statement applies particularly in the dairy cattle and Percheron horses. Nothing like the exhibit of Ayreshires has even been seen before at the Winnipeg exhibition, and the number of Percheron horses was very greatly in excess of anything previously achieved by this breed. The improvement in quality was almost as (?) as the improvement in numbers. There was a falling off in the number of cattle shown and in Shorthorns particularly. There were only three large herds of Shorthorns on the grounds mainly. Caswell, of Saskatoon: Emmert, of Oak Bluff, Man. and the Anoka Farm , of Waukeshaw Wis. and in addition there were a few exhibits from the herds of Ayearst of Mount Royal, and Moore of Winnipeg. English of Harding: Burron of Carberry, and the Van Horne herds were conspicuous by their absence. It was of course understood that Burron would not be in a position to show after his heavy male in this early part of June but it was somewhat of a surprise to note the absence of Van Horne and English.

Ayreshire Angus

ShorthornThe exhibit of Herefords was practically confined to Clifford, of Ottawa and Chapman of Hayfield, Man.The quality of these herds was excellent, but it would not seem that the breed is increasing very rapidly in the Canadian west. There were only two Aberdeen-Angus herd, those of J.D. McGragor, of Brandon and James Bowman, of Guelph Ont. The competition between these two herds was keen and amount of the animals shown were of an very high type. But in cattle there is no doubt that the exhibition of 1913 made its reputation on the dairy classes

Manitoba Free Press Nov. 7, 1914
Injured by Auto

A.A. Jackson, of Kirkfield Park, formerly of St. Vital was knocked down by an auto driven by James Taylor, Mount Royal P.O. at 5:30 last night. He sustained cuts on the head, which required a number of stitches, Dr. Thompson attending.

Manitoba Free Press December 25 , 1916

Mrs. A. MacWilliam of Mount Royal Manitoba announces the engagement of her eldest daughter, Margaret Jane to Mr. William Frederick Jacobs of Toronto. The marriage will take place the latter part of January.

1974 - Winnipeg Free Press August 8 Over The Garden Wall Pg. 14 By G. S. Reycraft

Tranquillity And History
In Park Near Winnipeg
Have you heard of Little' Mountain Park? It Is
just eight miles from Portage and Main, west and
north of Winnipeg out Rosser way. The park sign
says "undeveloped."
It consists of about 80 acres on a height of wooded
land covering a limestone ridge and including an
old quarry. From this vantage point, the whole skyline
of Winnipeg is clearly visible.
This area has an interesting history. More than
100 years ago, early settlers on the site burned limestone
in crude kilns to make quicklime which, when
slaked with water and mixed with sand, provided
mortar lor foundations, fireplaces and chimneys for
their homes.
In 1886, this spot became the site of Winnipeg's
limestone quarry. In 1904, at peak production, 164
workmen with their families lived around here.
Later it was abandoned in favor of a, quarry at"
Stony Mountain and the area reverted to the Rural
Municipality of Rosser. In 1965, it was purchased by
Metro as a potential park site, to be developed as
the city expanded. It is my understanding that the
City of Winnipeg intends to leave it largely in its
natural state as a spot to, provide quiet, recreation
and an opportunity to observe nature.
The unique and beautiful feature of this park is
the old water-filled quarry within the confines of a
high ridge looking east toward Winnipeg. Walk down
about 25 feet by any one of the numerous, rugged,
crushed-stone, paths to the floor of the quarry and
you are at the edge of a pond about 100 yards long
and 50 feet wide. It has a rugged, uneven shoreline
of large, jagged, limestone rocks. The water contains
considerable plant life but looks clean and
fresh. No swimming is allowed.
There at the bottom of the quarry, with quiet
water shimmering in the sunlight, small long-legged
birds flitting over the water, the flash of an orange
and black oriole and the sound of the song'of a meadowlark,
one has a feeling of remoteness, peace and
beauty. But just climb back up those 25 feet on any
of the rugged paths around you, look east and there
is the Winnipeg skyline just eight miles away.
Along the shores of the pond, each in its own little
niche surrounded by towering limestone outcroppings,
are five largely private picnic areas with
tables (three have barbecue pits). At the entrance
of the park, a couple of hundred feet away, is a
pump with fresh drinking water. There are also toilet
facilities.
On the steep and uneven slopes and amid the
jutting limestone outcroppings grow numerous native
shrubs. There are a number of good sized
hawthorne and wild honeysuckles, both now bright
with red fruits. There are also numerous red-osier
dogwood with white berries, and taller chokecherries
with black fruit. A rather striking shrub is the silver
berry. Its oval leaves, silver on both sides, give the
bush an over-all silver appearance. Even the small
fruit are a silver'color.
Among the wild flowers are bluebells, purple
prairie clover, rose flowered thistle, native blue-purple
monarda and, of course, now that it is August,
the goldenrod. '
If you are interested in visiting this little known
park, there arc no signs to guide you except at the
final turn into the park. Try these directions: Follow
Metro Route 90 north until you come to Inkster
Boulevard, turn left, drive past the Summerland resort,
turn right on the next road and drive about a
mile. Little Mountain Park will be on your right.
You can also get there by driving straight west out
of the city on Inkster Boulevard.
(Mr. Reycraft invites readers' inquiries by letter.
However, he cannot accept telephone inquiries
or enter into personal correspondence with Individuals.
Any questions of general Interest will be answered
in his column. Letters may be addressed to
G. S. Reycraft, Newsroom, Winnipeg Free Press,
300 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, Man., R3C 301.)

1994 - Proposed renaming of Little Mountain Park to the honour of Andrew Mynarski, VC.

Winnipeg shuts off park's water

Saturday, August 5,2000

CBC News

Contaminated drinking water is continuing to cause problems in Manitoba

In the latest incident, well water at Little Mountain Park was found to contain harmful bacteria. The city of Winnipeg has shut off the water at the park. Little Mountain Park is a recreational area located at Farmer Road and Klimpke.

Meanwhile, water testing labs in Winnipeg are swamped with requests as private well owners seek to have their water tested.

Late last week, the province's chief medical officer of health called for tests of all the province's wells. There's concern that heavy summer rains have led to run off of bacterial contaminants from farm land.

About 20 per cent of Manitoba's population receives water from wells.

Winnipeg Free Press

Oct. 07 2009

An article by Mike McKintyre

February 15, 2007 , Roxanne Fernando murdered: With respect to her family I will not put any details in our web page, it was a very sad chapter in our parks history.

Please go to : www.thestarphoenix.com/.../2083044/story.html  or www.winnipegsun.com/news/manitoba/2009/10/10/11365351-sun.html

The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times 2009

Letters

Don't let Rosser be annexed, says reader

Dear Editor,

Are the citizens of Rosser Municipality going to stand by and be dismantled, to satisfy a long desire by the City of Winnipeg? To take control of all the land that lies within the Perimeter Highway and Brookside Boulevard, even perhaps beyond those boundaries. If this is allowed to occur it will have a detrimental effect, not only to the Municipality of Rosser, but also on sister municipalities within the Interlake School Division. The City is using the creation of Centre Port as an excuse to acquire this area.

Under the Centre Port of Canada Act, both the City and Rosser are addressed on an equal basis throughout the Act. Rosser has nothing to gain by allowing the City to take control of this area. Rosser will lose a very important tax base, affecting both the municipality as well as the Interlake School Division.

Thereby there is not only a loss to the RM of Rosser but also some adverse effects on other municipalities.

There are 16 plus sections of production agriculture land. Products such as cereals and oil seeds etc., with the exception of a commercial strip along Brookside Boulevard. It is an obvious fact - the City is not a good custodian of agricultural land.

A major portion of Rosser was under the control of the City of Winnipeg, which was known as The Additional Zone. Some of the decisions made by the City were not in the interests of Rosser, to such a degree that the Minister of Municipal Affairs allowed Rosser to secede from same.

Sixteen-plus sections under the jurisdiction of Winnipeg will be a disaster to the agriculture community. As well as the possible viability of Rosser to sustain its status as a municipality or possible joining of one or more of the sister municipalities.

Annexation: this must not happen. Rosser has always been in a partnership with the airport authority, the consultative committee, plus other various aspects. The residents of the designated area recognize the importance of Centre Port and its mandate to the benefit not only to the local economy, but also to the Province.

There is no reason that Rosser cannot continue to be a responsible partner to Centre Port and continue to have jurisdiction over said land.

Are the residents of the RM of Rosser going to stand by as a portion of their municipality is thrown to the wolves?

Jack Oatway

Rosser, MB

 


We have done a lot of research through the Manitoba Archives, newspaper articles and microfilm library. Many thanks go to Monica Ball for all her hard work and patience with me.

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http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Two-accused-plead-guilty-to-murder-63788707.html