Manitoba Organization: Granite Curling Club
The Granite Curling Club was established in 1880, founded by David Young, who served as its first President. Curling began in 1881 in a makeshift facility on Lombard Street with high wood walls and a canvas roof. In 1883, they rented three sheets on Market Street known as the City Rink. In 1887, they moved to the Royal Rink with four sheets at the rear of the McIntyre Block on Main Street.
In 1893, as curling started to flourish in Winnipeg, the club constructed a six-sheet facility at the corner of Hargrave Street and Ellice Avenue where they spent 19 years.
In 1911, the club purchased land where the present club stands on Mostyn Place located on the north side of the Assiniboine River just west of Osborne Street. Construction of the tudor-frame clubhouse designed by James Chisholm and built by Thomas Kelly began in 1912 and the nine-sheet facility was ready for curling for the 1913-1914 season. Although it had some financial and structure issues to overcome, it continues to operate in the same location.
When the Manitoba Curling Association was formed in 1888, the Granite or “Mother Club” as it is affectionately called, was one of two Winnipeg clubs of the seven original clubs that formed it.
The curlers that have represented the club have had many successes over the years. In the men's competition, teams skipped by Howard Wood (1930, 1940), Jim Congalton (1932), Terry Braunstein (1965), Don Duguid (1970, 1971), and Vic Peters (1992) have won the Brier emblematic of the Canadian Men's Curling Championship. Of note is the Duguid teams that went on to win the World Men's Curling Championship. In the Junior Men's Competition, the team skipped by Bob Ursel won the 1984 Canadian Juniors and completed their domination in 1985 with a World Junior Crown. In 2001, Barry Fry skipped a team to the Canadian Masters Championship.
“Granites ready for Golden Jubilee,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1931, page 23.
“Granite Club is 60 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1941, page 1.
This page was prepared by Rick Mutton and Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 24 October 2022