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Raising money to preserve Caron House

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When Lois Caron got married, she didn’t just marry a husband. She married into a rich part of Charleswood history.

The traditional home of the Caron family, built in 1906, is one of the last remaining historical houses along the Assiniboine River in Charleswood.

But family reasons aren’t what makes Lois, along with a committee of several other members of the Charleswood Historical Society (CHS), work hard to preserve the historical house.

"It’s just a gem. It’s a rich part of our history," she says. "Being able to look at it and look across the river and imagine the old ferry crossing can mean a lot to all of us."

On Wed., June 18, the group is selling tickets to a show at Rumors Restaurant and Comedy Club to help pay for the restoration and continued maintenance of Caron House.

Now a sleepy city park, the land surrounding Caron House, at the end of Cass Street in Charleswood, was once anything but sleepy.

A cheese factory, a windmill, a ferry crossing and even a blacksmith’s shop made the area a bustling hive of activity.

Although those things have long vanished, their memory is not something the committee is willing to lose without a fight.

Carolynn Derkach has lived in Charleswood her whole life.

"There are so many memories," says Derkach, a member of the committee and president of the CHS. "I remember my brothers talking about going back and forth on the ferry crossing, and even driving across in the winter.

"Seeing Charleswood get built up and grow was really amazing," she adds. "I remember when saying you came from Charleswood meant you were from way far out there.

"The house is a part of our heritage."

In order for the CHS to receive a portion of the proceeds from the Rumors Restaurant and Comedy Club night on June 18, ticket orders must be placed by June 11 by calling Myron Huttmacher at 204-895-4268 or Ken Morressette at 204-895-2787.

On June 14 at 2:30 p.m., the CHS will also dedicate a new interpretive plaque and panel at The Passage, Winnipeg’s historic river crossing at the north end of Berkley Street.

Amanda Thorsteinsson is a community correspondent for Charleswood.

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