Joseph Rowlett had a brick yard near the Eastment Brothers Yard at Gilbert Plains. Rowlett started his yard in 1905 and used a Henry Martin brick machine with the capacity to produce 30,000 bricks per day. He employed 16 men and, in 1905, made 320,000 bricks. The Commercial Hotel at Gilbert Plains, burned down around 1952, was built in 1910 using Rowlett brick. This brick yard was no longer listed in the local directories by 1910, when Rowlett died.
Manitoba Brick Yards by Randy Rostecki, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch Report, May 2010.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 May 2020
A history of the manufacture of bricks and concrete blocks in Manitoba, based on research by Randy Rostecki for the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch and supplemented by information compiled by Gordon Goldsborough of the Manitoba Historical Society. .
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