Category Archives: Shoal Lake History

Shoal Lake Businesses 1979

The town of Elphinstone celebrated its centennial in 1979 and the Shoal Lake Star printed a special issue commemorating the event. Several Shoal Lake companies advertised in the paper including Menzies Department Store where Junction 16 Clothing is today, and … Continue reading

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The Lonesomes: 16 Prairie Stories

Reid Dickie This falls under the category of blatant self-promotion. When you drive down a country road and see a lonesome old farmhouse, sun-baked and tumbling down or a busted-up half ton rusting away on a rise or an abandoned … Continue reading

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School Opening Program 1962

Reid Dickie Looking through a box of family stuff I came across this program from the Nov. 16, 1962 opening of the newly-built Shoal Lake elementary school (right side of picture) and the transition of the red brick school to … Continue reading

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M. J. G. McMULLEN – Who?

Reid Dickie He was manager of North American Lumber in Transcona where he became president of their board of trade. He was a Transcona school trustee and elected five times as a town Councillor. He was main organizer in the Transcona … Continue reading

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Bill Lewycky Memorial

Bill Lewycky was an astute businessman who, along with his family, contributed to the town for over forty years. He was Shoal Lake’s mayor from 1981 to 1989. Recently Bill passed away and his sons, Dennis and Terry, and grandson, Kutwa, assembled … Continue reading

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Art Moderne Texaco Station Update

Reid Dickie Nothing says turn up the tunes, point her toward the vanishing point and step on it like an old Texaco filling station! Previously I have posted about the Art Moderne Texaco filling station in my hometown in western … Continue reading

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Changes

Reid Dickie The picture of Shoal Lake in the header at the top of this page shows a 1940s view of the town. It was taken where The Drive meets South Railway. The picture shows the wealth of brick buildings … Continue reading

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Early Refrigeration – The Icehouse

Reid Dickie Until rural electrification reached small towns and farms via Manitoba Hydro in the mid to late 1930s and refrigerators became available, the icehouse played an important role in keeping perishable foodstuffs from spoiling.  A small building, often wood … Continue reading

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Manitoba’s Official Mounted Police Museum

Reid Dickie Every Canadian province has an official Mounted Police Museum. In Manitoba it is located in Shoal Lake. In my video report find out why this is an extremely appropriate town to have the museum.

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Shoal Lake Model Car Club article, 1966

I’ve just added an article and picture from the Brandon Sun, Wednesday, November 2, 1966 about this clip from Shoal Lake Minute #45 – Even More Things You Thought Shoal Lake Never Had. The link is at SL Minute #45 … Continue reading

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