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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque (Mostyn Park, Winnipeg)

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Designed by Dominion Government architect David Ewart, Winnipeg’s sixth post office, located on the south side of Portage Avenue between Fort and Garry streets, was constructed in 1908 by Kelly Brothers Contractors at a cost of $750,000 under the supervision of Toronto architects Darling and Pearson. The four-storey, steel frame structure also housed the Parcel Customs Department, the Dominion Lands Department, and the Federal Public Works Department. The location of the building helped to establish Portage Avenue as the leading retail street in Winnipeg. However, by 1958, the post office had closed and in the fall of 1962, it was demolished.

In 1990, some salvaged limestone column sections were re-erected during the upgrading of Mostyn Park on Mostyn Place (Granite Way).

Postmasters

Period

Postmasters

1908-1920

Peter Campbell McIntyre (1854-1920)

1921-1934

Thomas Tofield Bower (1867-1968)

1934-1940

W. F. Lough

1940-1944

J. W. Dickson

1944-?

T. A. Rutledge

?-1958

?

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of the Winnipeg Post Office

Postcard view of the Winnipeg Post Office (circa 1910) by Israel Meyers
Source: Rob McInnes

Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque in Mostyn Park

Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque in Mostyn Park (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88265, W97.15200
denoted by symbol on the map above

Postal Employees among First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Charles Ramsey Ainslie

Postal Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1 January 1893

23 September 18

Walter Clifford Bertram
[Next of Kin]

Postal Clerk

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

16 October 1888

27 September 1918

Arthur Vivian Burlton

Clerk

Royal Flying Corps

Captain

11 April 1895

30 August 1917

John Caldwell
[Next of Kin, Masonic]

Shoemaker

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Regimental Sergeant Major

17 October 1879

17 December 1917

William Henry Didsbury

Postman

16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

8 May 1884

23 April 1915

Louis Joseph Ovide Ducharme
[Next of Kin]

Civil Servant - Post Office

76th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel

20 March 1860

12 March 1917

Ira Hyde Glasgow

Railway Mail Clerk

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

21 June 1882

9 April 1917

Albert Harold Hammill
[Stonewall]

Railway Mail Clerk

Canadian Postal Corps

Corporal

18 March 1892

26 November 1918

Harold Poole Hooper

Postman

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

13 December 1880

21 August 1917

James Gourlay Hughes

Letter Carrier

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1 May 1892

1 October 1918

John Arthur Huntley
[Elkhorn]

Railway mail clerk

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

?

7 April 1917

Ernest Lumbert

Postal Clerk

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 November 1882

4 April 1916

Donald MacKenzie
[Brandon Armoury]

Postman

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

19 June 1881

23 September 1916

Peter Kenneth McIntosh
[Holland]

Bandsman-Assistant in Post Office

49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

8 May 1893

31 October 1917

Arthur William McLachlan
[Boissevain]

Railway Mail Clerk

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

22 October 1893

2 October 1918

Thomas Milton
[Next of Kin]

General Post Office Employee

1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)

Sergeant

?

9 May 1915

Thomas Harry Petley
[Brandon Armoury]

P.O. Clerk

43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

20 August 1884

10 October 1916

James Allan Reid
[Portage la Prairie]

Postal Clerk

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

25 November 1890

26 September 1916

Frederick Reginald Smith
[Next of Kin]

Post Office Department

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

16 October 1885

28 September 1915

Ivan Smith
[Stonewall]

Railway Mail Clerk

20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

25 February 1883

14 March 1916

William George Smith

Post Office Clerk

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

7 April 1884

28 October 1917

Stanley Stevenson

Clerk

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

15 December 1893

26 April 1915

William Thomson
[Next of Kin]

Postal Clerk

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

24 October 1892

29 September 1918

Stephen Helgi Thorson
[Next of Kin]

Railway Mail Clerk

42nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

29 April 1892

16 September 1916

Alfred Clinton Totty

Post Office Clerk

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

1 August 1897

2 September 1918

Alfred Villiers
[Next of Kin]

Transfer Agent

5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

10 November 1883

9 September 1916

Stanley Walker

Mail Clerk

10th Battalion, Canadian Infnatry

Private

29 July 1896

21 May 1915

Charles Collier Wilford

Post Clerk

52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

6 March 1886

23 July 1918

Thomas Arnold Williams

Letter Carrier

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Private

18 August 1894

9 April 1917

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postal Coat of Arms (Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

We thank Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2021

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