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Brandon A Hundred Years Ago

Reid Dickie

One of the oldest businesses in Brandon is Christie’s, now known as Office Plus but over the decades has served varying needs related to
education and books. The 1906 Henderson’s Directory lists the business, located at 830 Rosser Avenue, as Christie Books, Stationery, School Furnishings and Wallpaper and their phone number as 133. The business was started in May 1885 by Ernest Lisle Christie, an Ontario native who came west in the early 1880s. In my youth, the store was called Christie’s School Supplies. It has been said that

prior to 1920, virtually every school textbook in western Canada passed through Christie’s shop.

Recently I found an early promotion item created by Christie’s that allows a glimpse of Brandon as it looked a hundred years ago. It’s a packet of six postcards with scenes of the city, packaged in a folder with Christie’s name on the front and published about 1910. Each card has a brief description and tinted image. I also came across one other postcard of Brandon churches from the same era. It’s the last image in this nostalgic collection. Please enjoy!

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Correction on Churches page

Reid Dickie

I screwed up!

The picture I’ve have had on my Churches page that I thought was St. Agnes Anglican Church in Carberry is, in fact, Knox Zion Presbyterian Church in Carberry. They have similar designs which confused me.

My error was pointed out to me in a contact through the blog from “Anglican Clergyman.” I appreciate the correction. Thank you. There are pictures and short write-ups about 25 Manitoba churches, mostly in rural Manitoba, on my blog here. This is a picture of the real St. Agnes Anglican in Carberry.

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12 Days of Christmas Day Seven

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Baldur, MB

Built 1903, this wood frame Gothic church has extraordinary detail that abets its standard design. The square entry tower, supporting an elaborately decorated bell tower and glorious steeple with lively elaborate spire, has fine tracery over the doorway separating coloured panes. On the eight-sided belfry, every opening is topped with a sunburst design and a pediment. The low balustrade with corner pinnacles accentuates the steeple’s angle. The window details and the slight eave returns on the façade create softness to contrast the sharp edges Gothic usually attempts. Note the contribution the spruce tree makes to attention ascension.

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12 Days of Christmas Day Four

St. Francois Xavier Roman Catholic Church, St. Francois Xavier, MB

Built in 1900, this small but imposing tan brick church set on a fieldstone foundation was designed by Joseph Senecal, leading architect of Roman Catholic churches in Manitoba. St Francois Xavier was originally called Grantown, a settlement created by Metis leader Cuthbert Grant. This building replaced a substantial log church, which had served the parishioners since 1833 on the same site. Cuthbert Grant is buried in the cemetery that surrounds the church. Though somewhat obscured by a gorgeous evergreen, the front elevation is a work of symmetrical accomplishment. The corner towers with their roofs and pinnacles balance the central entrance, the side entrances and the well-proportioned square tower with its delightful cornice and dentil. Arcades surround the belfry, which is topped with a steep four-sided roof with small round openings.

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12 Days of Christmas Day One

In 2005 Linda and I began sending out Christmas greetings in the form of an email a day for the 12 Days of Christmas with a new theme each year. We sent churches, schools and houses. Instead of emails, this year I am continuing the tradition with a daily post of a beautiful church in rural Manitoba on this blog. Share them with your family and friends. Enjoy! 

St. Helen’s Roman Catholic Church, Shoal Lake, MB

 The sun rises on one of five churches in Shoal Lake. Built in 1940, this small wooden Gothic church preserves the holiness of St. Helen, here bathed in early morning Manitoba sunshine. It was built as a part of the mission of the Parish of Elphinstone. The nave is a typical rectangle with a low-pitched front porch added later. The tower supports a belfry and an octagonal steeple topped with a heavy cross. The louvered arched openings on the tower have a sunburst pattern complimented by the rose window beneath. The lancet windows along the side are edged with coloured panes.

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My Blogging Life – The First Six Months

Reid Dickie

Hello and thank you, my beautiful audience,

It was six months ago today ReadReidRead began its blog life and I am thrilled, astounded and humbled to report that my blog is approaching 25,000 hits!! It appears I have succeeded in finding my audience, which was one of my resolutions for 2011. I have had lucky help along the way, namely the flood which continues to develop and which draws hundreds of hits every day. People want to know and see what’s happening in a certain area. The internet is loaded with flood pictures from which I have judiciously selected ones to include on my blog. I have tried to look inside the ‘high water event’ as well as offer the current flood status of various regions. I received my first grateful comment about my flood coverage this week. Thank you for returning to my blog for flood updates.

In addition to the flood, I am getting lots of people checking out other parts of my blog. The most popular pages are Birdland, Sacred Places, Houses, Churches and About. Thank you for wanting to know more about me by clicking on About. Posts that have a life of their own include Weasels Ripped My Flesh, Rooster Town and Obituary Euphemisms.

Has blogging affected my lifestyle? Drastically! Being a retired writer is a bit of an oxymoron because old writers never die, they just backspace once too often. Writing is such a pleasure for me that attempting to retire from something that wasn’t work to begin with is a bit of a trick. I know, poor me. Such a dilemma to have!

Even after six months of this, I still put in at least four to five hours a day working on my blog. I love exploring the guts of it, the background information WordPress supplies about search terms, popularity of posts and pages and specific clicks in a post or page. As I’ve learned more about blogs, I’ve expanded “my little empire” as a friend calls both my blogs (this one and Shoal Lake History), the DickTool Co YouTube channel and my Flickr image collections.

Here’s the First Six Months of ReadReidRead By the Numbers

Number of posts: over 350

Pages: 13

Categories: 64

Tags: over 2650

Comments: about 100

Best day: May 12 with 935 hits at height of first wave of flood

Hits in May: 12,058, average 389 per day

Hits in June: about 5500, average about 500 per day

Most Popular Post: Manitoba Flooding – 890 hits

Most Popular Page: Birdland – 840 hits  

These are amazing numbers! Thank you for checking into my mind from time to time. I promise to continue sharing the quirky and soulful events of my inner life along with the external quirky and soulful stuff that floats my way. My summer travels begin soon so there may be a couple of days without a post but know I remain diligent.

oao

Reid

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