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On Sept. 1, 1950, our family moved into a brand new, $8,400, unfinished house on Mandeville Street. For the next 23 years, Mandeville Street was our home.
During our Mandeville Street years, we had easy access to many of life’s needed amenities — the Deer Lodge tennis club (and the world’s biggest tennis racquet), the Assiniboine Golf Club and a playground with a small skating rink were all close to our house.
At the other end of the street were coffee shops, Cowtun’s Deer Lodge Pharmacy, a barber shop, a bakery, a grocery store, a hardware store, a clothing store, a dry cleaner, and a florist shop.
Many well-known people lived at least part of their lives on Mandeville Street. Our immediate neighbours included the Tilleys, the Harms, the Pantings, and the Clubines.
Alex and Ruby McDonald lived next door. Ruby was an elementary school teacher at Assiniboine School and our front yards were separated by a hedge.
The Allans were involved in many community activities. In 1970, Alice Allan was presented with the Order of Crocus award. Cornelius Friesen was founder of the Bridge Drive Inn and my first job was cutting his lawn.
Doug Titterton and Bruce Spencer played in the first hockey game at St. James Civic Centre. George Dunmall, a St. James police detective led the investigators who solved the March 1966 gold robbery. Elinor Ivanoff was the St. James Collegiate librarian who successfully lobbied for the construction of a school library.
Irene Rowlin was a St. James school trustee, church organist, and well-known music teacher who lived to be 105.
Nils Ling wrote True Blue, the book on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 1984 Grey Cup season. Andy Fast is a well-known Winnipeg denturist.
Vince Orchard was a multi-sport athlete who, in 1962, pitched a no-hitter for the St. James Optimists in the Little Canadian Championship Tournament. During the 1990s, Stan and Shelley Wilson and family lived in our former house. Stan was the equipment manager of first iteration of the NHL Winnipeg Jets and continues to be one of the best in the business for the Arizona Coyotes. His son, Denver Wilson, won two Stanley Cups as assistant equipment manager with the Los Angeles Kings.
Several politicians including former city councillor Jae Eadie, former premier Greg Selinger, William Hardy, and current St. James MLA Adrien Sala have resided on Mandeville.
John Mandeville was the pseudonym of a 14th-century travel writer. While there is a mystery about his real name, there is no mystery about Mandeville Street being a big part of the history of St. James.
Fred Morris is a community correspondent for St. James. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
St. James community correspondent
Fred Morris is a community correspondent for St. James.
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