Betty Thorvaldson Interview Transcript

My name is Marnie Chic, the date is March, 30, 1983. I’m here with Elizabeth Ross in the home of Betty Thorvaldson. Mrs. Thorvaldson, where were you born? I was born in Selkirk, Peguis, or down there down the river. When? In 1916. What was your association with the S.S. Keenora? I was in grade…

Bill Shead Interview Transcript

Interview with Bill Shead, Friday June 14, 2013. Interviewer: Claire McCaffrey. – Tell me about the early history of Selkirk and the surrounding areas [as it affects your history]. Well, if you think of the name Selkirk, everybody thinks it’s named after the Selkirk settlers when they moved into here about 1812, well that in…

Cliff Stevens Interveiw Transcript

My name is Clifford Stevens, I live in Gimli, Manitoba. I am a third generation lake captain on Lake Winnipeg. I was born in Winnipeg on December 4, 1936. You started off as a deckhand and kind of worked your way up. On the Keenora we used to have a lot of heavy lifting, and…

Heritage Building Inventory

The R.M. of St. Clements Heritage Committee discovered 177 historic sites through its heritage building inventory, a project recommended by the Historic Resources Branch of Manitoba as a good place to start for heritage planning. This was one of the first projects of the heritage committee, in 1998. An update to this inventory was done…

Heritage Street Names

All new subdivisions in the R.M. of St. Clements must use historically significant names suggested by the R.M. of St. Clements Heritage Committee for new streets. The Heritage Committee considers the subdivision’s area, and suggests the names of significant citizens relevant to that area. In time, some of these roads will have commemorative plaques explaining…

Ian Reid Interview

Dr. Ian Reid was a doctor, waterskier, wood carver, choir singer and active community member in Selkirk, Manitoba. He was born in Calgary, Alberta in 1931 and spent most of his adult life in Selkirk. He was married to Ruth and father to two sons and a daughter. Dr. Reid passed away on January 12,…

Ian Reid Interview Transcript

My name is Ian Livingstone Reid. I was born in Calgary Alberta in 1931 just in the Depression and I’ve been living in Selkirk since 1947 and I’ve been practicing medicine in Selkirk since 1956 and worked all the time here with my dad till he retired. What was your favourite memory growing up? Favourite…

Roy Purvis Interview Transcript

This is Nadine Kulikowski, and it is April 13, 1983, and I’m presently in the home of a person who worked on, and who was a passenger of the S.S. Keenora. May I have your name please? It is Roy Purvis. When and where were you born? In Selkirk Hospital, 1934. How old were you…

Ruth Christie Interview Transcript

Ruth Christie, interviewed July 31, 2013 by Claire McCaffrey. – My oldest brother was Spencer, and he passed away my mom said from double pneumonia, he was seven. I wasn’t born till after, so there was Spencer, then Douglas, then Carl, and then my parents took in a cousin of mine so I had a…

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Trip 1 on the Keenora

July 21 The trip on the Keenora was a beautiful trip.  When we left there was not a cloud in the sky.  On the dock stood Mrs. Brady and her son Billy, Mrs. Johnson and her three girls and Mom and Dad.  On the Keenora our room was number eight.  In the room was a…

Trip 3 on the Keenora

My third trip on the Keenora, which started on September 10th, 1945, might well be entitled, “The Saga of Miss Chicago”. The day was not a pleasant one—not too warm, and drizzly.  When I got to the office, I asked who was to share my cabin, but the name on the register meant nothing.  They…

Trip 4 on the Keenora

The weekend at home was not pleasant.  I forget whether the plumbing was misbehaving, or someone was sick, or what, but it was with a distinct feeling of attaining a haven that I arrived back on board.  Mr. Miller, in the office, had ceremoniously changed his bookings so that I could have the same cabin…

Victor Helgason Interview Transcript

This is Nadine Kulikowski and Kim Horbaty, and it is March 11, 1983.  I’m in the office of a person who worked on the S.S. Keenora.   May I have your name please?   Victor Helgason.   Could you please tell me when and where you were born (if not from Canada or Manitoba, when…

Winny Purvis Interview Transcript

This is Elizabeth Ross and Marnie Chic.  The date is March 28, 1983, and we are in the home of Winny Purvis. Mrs. Purvis, when and where were you born?  I was born in Clandeboye, but I have lived most of my life in Selkirk. What was your association with the S.S. Keenora? My dad…