Winnipegosis, Man. May 14. Situated at the mouth of the Mossey River at the terminus of the Dauphin branch of the Canadian Northern railway, is the picturesque village of Winnipegosis, a thriving place of a little more than two years’ growth. Although new, it is one of the best towns in Manitoba, on account of being the only port on Lake Winnipegosis that has both railway and marine shipping facilities, besides being surrounded by excellent farming and ranching lands, which are being rapidly settled by a good class of people.
A fine school has been erected, with a seating capacity of 120 pupils, and is under the management of W.J. Coleman.
The travelling public, when arriving at the depot, are pleased to see two large and commodious hotels within a distance of forty yards of the railway. The Albion is under the capable management of Messrs. Miles and Campbell, the proprietress, supervises the cuisine department in a fitting way, as well as looking after the comforts of the guests to perfection. The Lakeview hotel is one of the best equipped in Northern Manitoba, up-to-date in all respects, and has lately been painted, decorated and renovated from cellar to garret. The bar is presided over by the affable and witty “Mart” Collison, and the gentlemanly proprietor, Mr. William Telford. The cuisine department is under the skillful supervision of Mrs. Playfair.
The stores of this town are worthy of mention. Of general stores there are four, also a flour and feed and implement store. The latter is under the management of Mr. E.R. Black, Massey Harris agent, who is also proprietor of a well equipped butcher shop, which is managed by Mr. Thomas Collison. Messrs. Whale have a general store. The store of Mr. E. Hartman is well furnished with stock. Mr. Hartman handles furs at all seasons of the year and pays the highest prices. He is also postmaster and handles a large amount of mail matter.
J.L. Cohen is the proprietor of a notion store and also keeps a general stock.
The Hudson’s Bay Company store is managed by J.J.G. Rosser, who is assisted by Mr. Owen Hughes. Mr. Rosser also handles furs and farm produce.
A fine poolroom is situated in the Dwyer’s block, and is managed by Mr. Frank Lake.
The Lumbering business is carried on by Peter McArthur, who has erected a fine saw and planning mill, which gives employment to a large number of men. He will probably go into manufacturing of sash, door and other building material in the coming summer. The logs used in the manufacture of the lumber are taken from Mr. McArthur’s timber limits, and are towed here in rafts by his steam tug Iona, from up lake points. Archie Stewart, timber contractor, does a large business in the timber trade, and got a fine cut of logs taken out last winter. This is to be manufactured by Mr. McArthur’s mills, which will be pushed to their fullest capacity in the coming summer.
The Dominion Fish Company, under the management of Hugh Armstrong, operates on out lake, and is the means of bringing large amounts of capital into our district, as does the North West Company, managed by E.D. Coffey, also the new fishing plant erected by J.N. McAulay. The latter is an independent plant, and is to be handled in the modern ways of fish dealers. The town also has a doctor, preacher, blacksmith, boat builders, carpenters, plasterers, masons, and other tradesmen too numerous to mention, and in fact everything in that line that a modern town needs. Winnipegosis is elegantly situated for a summer resort, always cool, although called a “hot town”. Good trolling, angling, boating and bathing are the principal features of a summer resort, and are all found in the vicinity of our town, on the waters of the picturesque Lake Winnipegosis, which for scenery and convenience is second to none.
In conclusion I would say that this place is the paradise of Manitoba and I hope and expect that the notice of the people of our province will be brought to what is to become the most prosperous town in the province of Manitoba.