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Manitoba Free Press, Dec 6, 1907

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.


The 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
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 :  or

The Stonewall Argus and Teulon Times 2009


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.


Department of the Interior

Monograph's of the Untied States Geological Survey

Volume 25

Chapter X

Washington Government Printing Office 1896

Winnipeg Walks

Prairie Pathfinders 1998
Winnipeg Manitoba R3C 4K9

Rosser Ripples May 1971

Interlake Publishing Ltd. Ph. 467-2421
Pgs. 234-235,239-240

The First Hundred Years 1893 - 1993

Published by the Rural Municipality of Rosser Centennial History Book Committee

Printed by Herff Jones Canada Inc.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
July 1993
Pgs 190-191

The Stonewall Argus - 1904

Manitoba Free Press - 1903 - 1916

- Manitoba Historical Society

Pioneer Protestant Ministers at Red River Transactions Series 3, Number 6, 1949-50 season,

By Harry Shave