In 1997: Longtime Brandon hospital workers honoured
SIXTY YEARS AGO
Most grain elevators throughout western Manitoba are plugged as the strike of CPR firefighters enters its sixth day.
A fire that started in the sterilizing equipment at the Brandon Hospital for Mental Diseases caused extensive damage.
The board of directors of the Manitoba Federation of Agriculture and Co-operation District No. 4 do not endorse the draft plan for the amalgamation of their organization and the Manitoba Farm Union.
FIFTY YEARS AGO
The job market showed firmness between November and December and unemployment rose by less than the seasonal rate, to 266,000 from 238,000, the monthly report said.
One of the most popular lieutenant-governors in Manitoba’s history and a veteran politician, Errick French Willis, died today. He was 70. Willis was born in Boissevain and was the first Manitoba-born lieutenant-governor. He began his duties in 1960 and retired in 1965.
FORTY YEARS AGO
During Brandon Mayor Elwood Gorrie’s inaugural speech, he pledged support to the construction of a recreational complex in Kirkcaldy Heights for the 1979 Canada Winter Games. Ald. Ron Cayer expressed concerns about the city providing transportation to the site. Cayer also expressed concerns about other recreational sites not being used to their fullest potential.
Three businesses, The Royal Café, Simpson’s TV and the Laundromat operated by Keith Thompson, all located in the MacGregor commercial district, were destroyed by an early morning fire.
The Winnipeg Royal Ballet performed “Sebastian” as the third concert of the season in Brandon, with 650 people in attendance.
THIRTY YEARS AGO
The pair of master dies intended to produce $450 million of new Canadian dollar coins is missing after the mint tried to send them from Ottawa to Winnipeg by regular delivery service.
A man armed with a handgun robbed the Westoba Credit Union branch at the corner of 34th Street and Victoria Avenue yesterday morning.
A high-speed chase along city streets yesterday ended with the arrest of a Winnipeg man in connection with the armed robbery of a Brandon credit union earlier the same day.
TWENTY YEARS AGO
A downturn in the volatile U.S. telecommunications market has put 26 workers at Brandon’s Inventronics plant out of work.
Brokers’ telephone lines were sizzling and the money was flowing in a wild first day of trading for Manitoba Telecom Services shares. Prices jumped 15 per cent in a buying frenzy that broke records. One-third of Manitoba MTS shareholders dump their stock for a quick profit.
Hilary Bell and Glen Shelton have been honoured for 30 years of service at Brandon General Hospital. The pair joined 104 other co-workers who were recognized for long service to the hospital and Westman Regional Lab Services.
TEN YEARS AGO
The Minnedosa United Church is another step closer to rising again as congregation members have agreed on a rough design for a new sanctuary, nearly a year after their historic building was destroyed by arsonists. The design includes stone pillars separating several sections at the front entrance, a circular tower near the middle and a series of arched windows to let in natural light.
With their town reeling from a recent vandalism spree and their Mounties feeling the strain of heavy workloads, Virden councillors are pushing for a much-needed reinforcement. RCMP Staff Sgt. Moe Massart said the town has applied to the federal and provincial governments for another Mountie to boost the number in town from four to five.
An outspoken critic of provincial Agriculture Minister Rosann Wowchuk wants to take another run against her in the next election. Maxine Plesiuk, former reeve of the RM of Ethelbert, announced yesterday that she will seek a nomination from the Progressive Conservatives in Swan River.