Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 23/6/2015 (790 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I was St. Vital Museum, picking up empty ink cartridges for recycling when the chime went off, signalling someone had entered the building.
"Hi Bob," said the man. "How are you?"
"Good," was my reply.
"You don’t recognize me, do you?" asked the stranger, who was followed by a woman.
"I’m Louis Riel," replied the man.
This Louis Riel, now 82, is the grandson of Alexandre, the brother of the man who led Manitoba into Confederation. He now lives in Edmonton after growing up on what is now Sterling Avenue in St. Vital. Irene, his driver, has since supplied the St. Vital Historical Society with several newspaper clippings and a number of photos of St. Vital’s historic past.
Of interest sports-wise were a couple of pictures of the St. Emile Alouettes women’s softball team from 1960 an 1961. Now we need help identifying the players. If you think you can help, please drop by the museum at 600 St. Mary’s Rd. between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and take a gander. Of particular interest was an actual photo of Riel House, on River Road. Joseph Riel built the house in 1881.
The museum is now in possession of several yellowed newspaper clippings that will be cleaned and soon on display.
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Construction of the floors in the bays that once held fire truck continues at a snail’s pace and there is a good chance the 1939 Fargo fire truck will not return to its home much before October.
The city has deemed that the floor cannot be poured as one and must be constructed in sections. That process means that, once a small section is poured, a week is neededf for the concrete to set before demolition of the next section may be done.
That process will add at least a month to the construction schedule.
Meanwhile, there is no resolution to city bureaucrats’ refusal to place a door in a proposed wall that separates the building’s former ambulance bays from the rest of the museum.
How visitors will get from one side to the other is a mystery.
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Bob Holliday is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org