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Some "Nixies" of Manitoba

by C. E. Parker

Manitoba Pageant, Winter 1965, Volume 10, Number 2

This article was published originally in Manitoba Pageant by the Manitoba Historical Society on the above date. We make it available here as a free, public service.

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According to the "Distribution" Books of the Post Office Department, a "nixie" is a post office that has been closed or the name of the office changed. Manitoba has had many such post offices and, for those interested in postal history, some of these offices are listed below. More will be listed in succeeding issues of the Manitoba Pageant and if you are a stamp collector and have some old "covers", you might check to see if you have any postmarks from any of these "nixies".

Office

Opened

Location

Closed

Abbotshall

Dec., 1916*

2-28-15W

Nov. 20, 1920

Acorn

July, 1912*

Changed from Beverley

Sept., 1917*

Aikenside

Changed to Justice

July, 1909*

Bender Hamlet

July, 1909*

36-19-1W

Nov. 10, 1915

Bethel

Aug. 15, 1923

27-18-18W

Nov. 27, 1953

Beverley

July, 1909*

14-7-20W

July, 1912*

Cowdery

July, 1909*

6-22-5W

Mar. 31, 1919

Craigsford

July, 1914*

6-38-25W

June, 1916*

Crawford Park

Nov. 1, 1923

SW-4-20-19W

May 31, 1958

Crocus

Aug. 1, 1923

2-17-18W

Dec. 31, 1943

Davis Point

Oct., 1914*

22-31-10W

Aug. 31, 1959

Draquay

Jan. 26, 1923

30-21-26W

May, 1924*

Drifting River

Apr., 1913*

25-27-23W

Oct. 31, 1940

Emesville

Jan., 1913*

Parish of St. Paul

Aug., 1919*

Endcliffe

May, 1919*

6-22-28W

Mar. 31, 1922

Grandvital

Apr., 1912*

Changed to St. Vital

July, 1918*

Griffon

Nov. 9, 1942

Changed from Umatillo

July 31, 1956

Harlington

June, 1903*

20-35-28W

June 30, 1944

Harmsworth

Apr., 1914*

33-11-26W

Oct. 21, 1960

Hollywood

Jan., 1907*

5-17-9W

Aug. 31, 1916

Hyndman

July, 1912*

33-14-22N
Changed to Brumlie

Aug., 1920*

Icelandic River

Changed to Riverton

June, 1924*

Ingleside

Apr., 1893*

27-10-4W

Apr. 12, 1912

Jadek

Apr., 1913*

14-20-2E
Changed to Meleb

Oct., 1913*

Lone Tree

July, 1893*

6-19-24W

Oct. 23, 1910

Oatseed

Changed to Birchview

Nov. 19, 1947

Richland

Changed to Anola

Jan. 1, 1923

Suffren

Feb., 1917*

14-21-4W

Dec. 31, 1949

Umatillo

Mar. 1, 1924

SW-28-27-23W
Changed to Grifton

Nov. 9, 1942

* indicates that the post office is listed in the Quarterly or Monthly Supplement of that date, but no actual opening or closing date is given.

As you can see, some offices were open for only a short period of time. A postmark or cover from one of these offices would be more valuable than one from a post office which was open longer.

Page revised: 18 July 2009

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