1900 - 1910
1901: Queen Victoria dies, Jan. 22. Edward the VII reigns.
1901: Marconi sends the first radio signal across the Atlantic.
1903: Ford Motor Co. established to manufacture automobiles
May 15, 1909: an Earthquake is felt across the prairies.
1901: Manitoba’s first Hydro-electric plant opens on the Little
Saskatchewan River northwest of Brandon.
1906: Manitoba farmers organize the “Grain Growers’ Grain
Company” with shares available at $25. For any farmer wanting to
1908: Manitoba Government Telephones takes over the telephone service.
and the R.M.
Proposed route for the Great Northwest Central Railway was to allow for
a station at Ancrum. A dispute about land price causes the railway to
choose the Bradwardiine location.
The Grand Trunk established a subsidiary, the Grand
Railway, to build a line from Winnipeg to the Pacific
Construction began on the Canadian Prairies in 1905,
the year that the
provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were established with the first
sod turned near Carberry, Manitoba on August 29.
North American Lumber Co. founded in Rivers .
Kirkham’s Bridge rebuilt of steel. Hank Koester who also built
the Pendennis Bridge
Construction proceeded west to Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan in 1907
1907 GTP line as far the river – town 1 mile west to be
named after Sir Charles Rivers-Wilson
Much building material shipped on CPR to Wheatland or Pettapiece
1907 Telephone service begins in Kirkham’s Bridge District
1907 R.S. MacKenzie opens first General Store in Rivers
W. Buggey – first GTP Agent.
Sept 21 – first GTP passenger service. - a tri-weekly timetable
in each direction.
Mail for the first time brought from Winnipeg by GTP on Oct. 5. Now had
service from Winnipeg and Wheatland (CPR)
The new rail line brought politicians. Clifford Sifton and T.C.
Norris, of Laurier's Liberal gov't took full credit, with Sifton
claiming that the Consrvatived had opposed building the line.
Conservative candidate T.Mayne Daly came claiming a Conservatibe
government would be committed to the GTP. P6
Exce. Charles Melville Hays and F.W. Morse also visted.
22 yr old Samuel White had one leg severed by a locomotive and later
died. The throttle had been defective according to a coroner's which
also noted that no ashpit was provided in the Rivers yard for the
safety of those who cleaned out locomotive ashpans.. The railway
company was found guilty of gross negligence.
Grand Trunk Pacific Staton completed in Rivers.
1908 GTP Trestle Bridge completed in Rivers
The mile-long trestle bridge , the longest of its kind in wetsern
Canada, completed. 2-story depot with Company offices. Roundhouse and
shops – terminal yards.
Traffic began July 30, 1908.
By 1908 the region was well served by railways.
GTP land needed for school and cemetery
Through passenger service established – 12 ¾ hr schedule
between Winnipeg and Melville – no stopover needed at Rivers.
Visit by Sir Charles Rivers-Wilson – chairman of directors
(Former Minister of Finance in Egypt. Last official visit – before
retirement. Extension to car shops in Rivers considered - He and
System general manager Charles M. Hays and other dignitaries. - toured
GTP reaches Edmonton, Alberta in 1909
May 15, 1909 – Earthquake – felt across the prairies.
Rivers (Mile 142) - R.P.O. service established to Winnipeg in 1909