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Manitoba Organization: Granite Curling Club

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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.

Presidents

Period

President

1881-1882

David Young (1848-1887)

1882-1883

Elias George Conklin (1845-1901)

1883-1884

Thomas Renwick

1884-1885

Alexander “Sandy” Brown (1842-1922)

1885-1886

Lyman Melvin Jones (1843-1917)

1886-1888

Alexander MacDonald

1888-1889

John Brown Mather (c1847-1892)

1889-1890

Elias George Conklin (1845-1901)

1890-1891

William Wallace McMillan (1852-1928)

1891-1892

William Georgeson (1859-?)

1892-1893

Henry Norlande Ruttan (1848-1925)

1893-1894

Thomas Black

1894-1896

Mark Fortune (1847-1912)

1896-1897

James Scroggie (1859-1948)

1897-1898

George Francis Bryan (1850-1919)

1898-1899

James Scroggie (1859-1948)

1899-1901

Alexander MacDonald

1901-1902

George Francis Bryan (1850-1919)

1902-1904

William H. Rourke

1904-1905

George Jackson Laird (1859-1940)

1905-1907

Richard Deans Waugh (1868-1938)

1907-1908

Joseph Lemon (1862-1925)

1908-1909

Thomas J. Lowe

1909-1910

Andrew Boak Alexander (1872-1937)

1910-1912

William Tier (1869-1939)

1912-1914

Colin Campbell “Cam” Chisholm (1883-1936)

1914-1916

William P. McDougall

1916-1919

Andrew Wilson (1863-1923)

1919-1920

Robert Murray McGowan (1865-1921)

1920-1921

Andrew Wilson (1863-1923)

1921-1922

Alex Stewart

1922-1923

Francis Lee “Frank” Kenny (1866-1925)

1923-1924

Edward H. Smith

1924-1925

David Wesley “Wes” Griffith (1879-1943)

1925-1926

Thomas Leon “Pat” Cavanagh

1927-1927

Donald Stewart McKellar

1927-1928

William J. Logan

1928-1929

Oscar Thompson Dudley

1929-1930

John Erzinger (1855-1930)

1930-1931

Thomas Cull (1870-1942)

1931-1932

Robert Alexander Gillespie (1881-1965)

1932-1933

William T. Hetherington

1933-1934

John C. Staples

1934-1935

John Wilfred Argue

1935-1936

Dr. Norman Wilfred Warner

1936-1937

Alexander Telford Liddle (1876-1956)

1937-1938

Dr. Wellington Russell Gorrell

1938-1940

Stephen Cornell Trewhitt

1940-1941

William Lyall Wallace

1941-1942

George Crawford Goodrick

1942-1943

Peter Leitch

1943-1944

William Reid Clubb (1884-1962)

1944-1945

Ross Graham Manahan (c1888-1960)

1945-1947

Ernest John Sowerby

1947-1948

William Herman Brett

1948-1949

Ignatius Anthony “Tony” Mahon

1949-1950

Clint Charles Adams

1950-1951

James G. James

1950-1951

Gordon C. Dow

1951-1952

Ward Brian Williams

1952-1953

George Allen

1953-1954

George Horace Weldon

1954-1955

Albert Edward “Al” Derrett

1955-1957

Osborne Blake Parkinson

1957-1958

Ward Wood McVey

1958-1959

Charles L. M. Jones

1959-1960

Robert “Bob” MacFarlane

1960-1961

Gordon Blaine McTavish

1961-1962

John Edward Donaldson “Don” Rowand

1962-1963

David Bruce Wallace Forrester (1918-2001)

1963-1964

Philip Del Bigio

1964-1965

William C. Nairn

1965-1966

Lorne William Parker

1966-1967

John Alexander Iverach

1967-1968

Easson Miller

1968-1969

Sydney John “Syd” Parsons

1969-1970

Lloyd Stanley Borland

1970-1971

James William “Jimmy” Doig

1971-1972

Dr. Edward Graham “Ted” Derrett

1972-1973

Michael David “Mike” Rattray (1931-2022)

1973-1974

John Francis “Frank” Bird

1974-1976

Harold Ffolliott Gyles (1927-2010)

1976-1977

John Clare Burns

1977-1978

Peter Rattray

1978-1980

William R. Ross

1980-1981

J. Kenneth “Ken” Esdale

1981-1982

John Westwood “Jack” Beech

1982-1983

Raymond Charles “Ray” Turnbull

1983-1984

Winston F. Smith

1984-1986

George William Walker

1986-1987

J. Charles Scott

1987-1988

John David “Jack” Borthwick

1988-1989

J. T. “Jim” Wood

1989-1990

Gord Fisher

1990-1991

Ian Staniloff

1991-1993

Bill Robertson

1993-1994

Barry Greenberg

1994-1996

J. Keith Auld

1996-1997

R. L. Clark

1997-1998

Don Duguid

1998-2000

Al Karlenzig

2000-2002

Ted Spencer

2002-2003

Doug Holmes

2003-2004

Mike Moore

2004-2005

Jamie Hay

2005-2006

Gary Gumprich

2006-2007

Derek Hay

2007-2009

Eric Guy

2009-2012

Frank Clark

2012-2014

Pat Bourassa

2014-2016

Scott Edmonds

2016-2018

Warren Reimer

2018-2020

Dawn Klatt

2020-2022

Luc Dauriac

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Granite Curling Club (22 Granite Way, Winnipeg)

The Granite Curling Club, 22 Mostyn Place, Winnipeg by Sheila Grover
Manitoba History, Number 14, Autumn 1987

Sources:

“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: 17 September 2022

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