Bitter Lessons 1929-1946

1929

The Mitchel Grain Company opened a new grain elevator.

1929

The stock market crashed, and the Great Depression began.

1930

The provincial government designated Main Street as part of a provincial highway. (Now PTH 9)

1931

A group of golfers arranged with the town council to lease of 50 acres in Daerwood Park for a new course.

1931

The Selkirk Navigation Co. Ltd took over the Keenora and rebuilt it.

1931

The town built a first-class bathing beach completed with a bathing tower and change houses in Selkirk Park.

1931

4,486 people resided in Selkirk.

1932

An aerial display sponsored by the Selkirk Hockey Club attracts 500 people to Hagaard’s field.

1932

Formation of the Selkirk Ladies Auxiliary.

1932

First annual meeting of the Selkirk Branch of the Army Navy Veterans.

1934

The long-awaited highway bridge project started construction.

1935

J. Maurice Gilbart founded Gilbart’s of Selkirk (Now Gilbart Funeral Home).

1936

The Dance Pavilion and refreshment stand at Selkirk Park was destroyed by fire.

1936

Main Street was hard-surfaced from the town’s southern limit to the corner of Manitoba Avenue.

1936

The lift bridge was completed.

1937

Service was reduced on the railway to Winnipeg because of increased automobile ownership and road improvements between the two cities.

1937

 

This is a photo of the Rotary-Club logo. The logo is a blue and yellow wagon wheel with the word "Rotary" written on top and the word "International" on the bottom.

Selkirk Rotary Club was created.

1938

Work began on the Selkirk oil refinery for the processing of gasoline, diesel and furnace oil and distillate.

1939

Passenger rail service to and from Winnipeg was abandoned in favor of highway buses.

1939

Council succeeded in having the Winnipeg beach highway re-routed down Manitoba Avenue west to the new highway linking Selkirk with Clandeboye.

1939

This is a photo of a poster with the words "Lets's Go Canada" printed across the front. There is a Canadian solder holding a rifle in front of the British flag.

Canada declared war on Germany, entering the Second World War and ending the Great Depression.

1939

This is a photo of a mural painted on the side of a building. There is a Canada flag raised on a pole with a list of names written underneath. The who are listed all fought in the second World War. They all lived in the same block of selkirk. They are known as the Dufferin Gang

More than 30 volunteers joined the Canadian Armed Forces from Dufferin Avenue.

1941

4,915 people resided in Selkirk.

1942

This is a black and white photo taken in 1942 of German Soldiers raising the Nazi flag on a tall post. There are two men raising the flag, with two rows of men standing at attention with their guns

The staged Nazi occupation of Manitoba “If Day” was held in Selkirk February 18 and in Winnipeg the following day.  The Second Victory Loan campaign resulted in millions of dollars being donated.

1942

A new garbage collection system was put in place.

1942

Five Selkirk soldiers were killed in the ill-fated raid at Dieppe France.

1943

“The Barn” formally named Selkirk Arena was built.

1945

The Second World War ends.  81 military personnel from Selkirk were killed in action.

1945

5,400 people resided in Selkirk.

1946

The two weekly newspapers, the “Record” and the “Journal” formed a new weekly newspaper called the “Enterprise”.