The Modern Town 1947-1979

1947

The Devonshire Collegiate building became an elementary school.

1948

The original Garry Theatre was built by Rothstein Theatres Ltd.

1948

A 40,000-bushel wooden grain elevator was built by Manitoba Pool Elevators.

1949

A new Selkirk Co-operative owned grain elevator was opened.

1949

Memorial Hall was built and the Selkirk Arena was rebuilt after collapsing.

1950

Fifteen people were employed at the new Coca-Cola bottling plant.

1950

There was widespread flooding in April and May due to heavy snowfall in the winter and 2 x the normal rainfall in the spring.

1951

Daerwood school was built to replace South-Ward School.  The school division turned to its pupils to pick a name for the new school. The winning essay came from 10-year-old Barry Gordon, son of mayor W. E. Gordon.

1951

The Manitoba Rolling Mills began a $1,000,000 expansion that created work for another 100 people.

1951

6,218 people resided in Selkirk.

1952

First Nations people were granted the right to vote in Manitoba provincial elections.

1953

Bethel Church began construction. 

1954

The Garry Theatre suffered from a major fire in January. A new theatre was built and opened in April.

1954

The Agriculture Fair was “revitalized” after the war and in 1954, it boasted the largest dairy cattle exhibition in the entire west and the participation of more than 400 4-H clubs.

1955

Approximately 5,000 people attended the opening of the new hospital.

1955

E. R. Gardner’s Selkirk Silica Company Limited was organized.

1955

The Dyson Pickle Plant began operation.

1956

 

This is a black and white photo of Hon. W. C. Miller cutting the ribbon at th Selkirk Collegiate Institute opening in 1956., alongside Mayor S. Oliver.

Selkirk Collegiate Institute was built.

1956

The Grace Baptist Church was organized.

1957

This is a black and white photo of a group of women from Selkirk's 75 Anniversary. The women are wearing skirts and a white top with a hat and a sash that says "Selkirk 75 Anniversary".

Selkirk celebrates its 75 anniversary and publishes a history book.

1957

The post office moved to a new location a few blocks south on Main St.

1957

A new building opened for the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church. It was funded by a procession of 300 people from the old Greek Ukrainian Catholic Church and was built mostly from volunteer labour.

1957

1200 patients resided at the “Selkirk Hospital for Mental Diseases” (Now known as the Selkirk Mental Health Centre).

1958

Ruth Hooker School was built. The school was named after the Chair of the Selkirk School Board.

1958

The present sanctuary of the Selkirk United Church was built.

1959

A new school was built and was named after Robert Smith. He was Manager at the Rolling Mills, first Vice-President of the Selkirk General Hospital Board and a past Mayor of Selkirk.

1959

This is a photo of the Lions Club logo. It is blue and yellow with the head of a lion of both sides. There is a capital letter L in the middle with the world Lion written above and the word International written underneath.

The Lions Club of Selkirk was initially chartered (Re-charted in 1979).

1959

The Carnegie Library was demolished for a new municipal office.

1960

300 workers were laid off at the Rolling Mills due to fierce competition in the steel industry.  Negotiations with the Untied Steelworkers of America Local 5442, threatened to strike if a new contract was not in place by August.  The layoff of 120 more workers at the Rolling Mills triggered a 92-day strike.

1960

First Nations people gained the right federally to vote without having to give up their status and treaty rights.

1961

The previously mentioned Steelworkers strike ends when most of the men were rehired to provide steel for the Manitoba Power Commissions hydro-electric project at Grand Rapids.

1961

A new water tower was built replacing the old one built in 1909.

1961

8,576 people resided in Selkirk.

1962

The Selkirk Curling Club opened a new facility.

1963

A multi-million dollar modernization of the steel plant commenced but resulted in few new jobs as the work was of an automated nature.

1963

Notre Dame Catholic Church opened a new building on Jemima Avenue.

1965

This is a photo of the Paddlewheel Queen going down the river filled with passengers. The boat is white and red and has three levels.

The M.S. Paddlewheel Queen was constructed.

1965

The S.S. Keenora was decommissioned.

1966

This is a photo of the Steelers Logo from 1966 to 1998. It was structural steel beam with the word Selkirk written across the top and Steelers written across the front.

The Selkirk Steelers Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club was founded when the modern-day Manitoba Junior Hockey League was formed.

1967

This is a black and white photo of Captain Ritchie tying up the River Rouge ship in 1967. He is wearing a black suit with a white button up shirt and a tie. He has dark hair and a groomed moustache.

M.S. River Rouge was constructed.

1967

This is a photo of different colored triangles put together to resemble the shape of a maple leaf.

Canada celebrated its 100 year anniversary and Centennial School was built.

1967

Consolidated Plastics, with about a projected 30 workers was built in the Industrial Park.

1967

Ruth Hooker School and Victoria School amalgamated becoming Victoria-Ruth Hooker School.

1967

The Lord Selkirk School Division No. 11 was created.

1968

This is a black and white photo of four men hammering a sign that says " Electro-Knit Fabrics (Canada) LTD." into the ground. they are wearing suits with button up shirts and ties.

A Montreal firm, “Electro-Knit” built a $2 million fabric manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park.

1968

Futronics opened a facility to manufacture electronics circuitry.

1968

The Red River Floodway is completed.

1969

This is a black and white photo of the Lord Selkirk II launching in the river. There is a big white boat making a big spray and is strats out in the water.

The Lord Selkirk II is launched with a splash.

1969

Narco Drugs opened a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Industrial Park.

1971

Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School was built.  The Selkirk Collegiate becomes Selkirk Jr. High.

1971

The Victoria-Ruth Hooker School was renamed Ruth Hooker School.

1972

The Marine Museum of Manitoba was established.

1973

A new $2 million laundry facility was constructed for the Mental Health Centre and Winnipeg’s three municipal hospitals.

1975

Gaynor Foods opened.

1977

A new maximum-security federal prison was proposed for near the town. Due to vocal opposition to the proposal, the town council held a referendum on the issue with two to one being in favour of it.

1978

The proposed prison was withdrawn due to a drastic restraint program.

1979

The old Post Office was condomed as unfit for human habitation.