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Manitoba Organization: Thistle Curling Club

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The Thistle Curling Club was formed in 1887. Alexander Brown lead the formation group and served as the club's first President. He had been involved with the Granite Curling Club, including a term as President, and was one of the partners in the firm Brown and Rutherford. The Thistle began in the Granite's old club on Market Avenue, then moved to the Brydon skating rink on Princess Avenue. Then it was back to Market Avenue, before building their own rink in 1892 on Alexander Avenue East.

In 1912-1913, the club moved to a new building with seven sheets on McDonald Avenue. The club ran into financial difficulties and had to abandon the building. They rented ice at the Auditorium Rink for a number of years. In 1921, the club built on Minto Street with five sheets of ice.

In June 2006, the club was victim of an arson and the building and contents were completed destroyed. With the insurance money the club received, they made a deal to purchase the Valour Road Curling Club at 280 Burnell Street and renamed it the Thistle Curling Club.

There has been 16 members of the Thistle that have gone on to serve as President of the Manitoba Curling Association.

Presidents

Period

President

1887-1888

Alexander “Sandy” Brown (1842-1922)

1888-1891

George Huestis Campbell (1855-1928)

1891-1893

F. W. Thomson

1893-1897

Walter Frederick Payne (1863-1930)

1897-1899

Malcolm Campbell

1899-1901

Daniel David Wood (1859-1925)

1901-1903

Charles James Jamieson (1854-1940)

1903-1905

William "Gib" White

1905-1906

James Robert Gowler (1858-1920)

1906-1907

William Alexander "Bill" Carson

1907-1909

Dougald A. McArthur

1909-1910

Peter Douglas Lyall (1878-1945)

1910-1911

William Edwin Ellerby (1868-1931)

1911-1912

W. H. Sutton

1912-1915

Eli Joel “Mac” Rochon (1856-1937)

1915-1916

John E. Lenfesty

1916-1917

John Alexander Kennedy

1917-1920

John Peter O’Hare (1876-1964)

1920-1923

Joseph Ferguson Davidson

1923-1924

Robert Lester Barker (1886-?)

1924-1925

Edward Howard Cail

1925-1926

Joseph Emanuel Gallant

1926-1927

Maxwell William Noble McElheran

1927-1928

Henry Francis Reed Baker

1928-1929

James Walker

1929-1930

Clarence Garfield Keith (1881-1964)

1930-1931 

Francis Dennis Cassin

1931-1932

Fee Warren

1932-1933

James Reid

1933-1934

Neil William Sullivan

1934-1935

Albert Henry "Harry" Wells

1935-1936

Sydney Malcolm "Sam" Cottam

1936-1937

W. D."Bill" McLaren

1937-1938

George J. Ritchie

1938-1939

Ansell Wells McKennie

1939-1940

Joseph William Alderson

1940-1941

Maxwell Mason McElheran

1941-1942

Harry George Palmer

1942-1943

Samuel James Patterson

1943-1944

Harmon Wilfred Saunders

1944-1945

Luke Kirby Johnson

1945-1946

Arthur Thomas Elders

1946-1947

Calder Campbell "Kelly" Daun

1947-1948

William Aitken "Scotty" Laing

1948-1949

Douglas Clyde Atkins

1949-1950

James Hugh Lambie

1950-1951

Garry C. Stack

1951-1952

Blair Donaldson "Buck" Hay

1952-1953

John Van Hellemond

1953-1954

Dave Anderson

1954-1955

Charles Harold  Levers

1955-1956

Ernest "Ernie" Daun

1956-1957

Charles Harold Scrymgeour

1957-1958

Thomas James Whiteside

1958-1959

Stanley Barr

1959-1960

Frederick Howard "Fred" Lay

1960-1961

Lloyd Elton Coffey

1961-1962

Edward Owen "Slim" Davis

1962-1963

James Archibald "Jimmy" Dunn

1963-1964

Edgar Thomas "Ed" Elliott

1964-1965

Leonard Graham "Len" Norrie

1965-1966

John Stephen "Jack" Carmichael

1966-1967

James Arthur "Jim" Sproule

1966-1968

Norman Herbert "Norm" Williamson

1968-1969

John Douglas Osborn

1969-1970

Lloyd English

1970-1971

Dave Parker

1971-1972

Harry Pickering

1972-1973

John William Cessford

1973-1974

William Raymond "Ray" Will

1974-1975

Norman Froom

1975-1976

Norman Robinson

1976-1977

A. Lorne "Red" Paterson

1977-1978

Charlie Brown

1978-1979

Alvin "Al" Leland Owen

1979-1980

Malcolm John Kenneth MacLeod

1980-1981

Brian Prodaniuk

1981-1982

Melvin John Henuset

1982-1983

Harvey D. Swain

1983-1984

Lorne S. Brooks

1984-1985

Thomas Frederick "Fred" Sutton

1985-1986

E. Ross Kennedy

1986-1987

F. Ross Taylor

1987-1988

Steven Louden Daun

1988-1989

W. Bruce McAuley

1989-1990

Stanley Topolniski

1990-1991

Perry Blair

1991-1992

Rene Lapp

1992-1993

Ken Meakin

1993-1994

Bob Stremich

1994-1995

Dale Tallas

1995-1996

Kelly Williamson

1996-1997

Lloyd Hornsby

1997-1998

Earle Clyde Dickinson

1998-2000

Don Pellow

2000-2001

Keith Lietiphin

2001-2002

B. Williamson

2002-2003

B. Gawley

2003-2004

Jim Woolison

2004-2005

William  "Bill" Reinisch

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Valour Road Curling Club / Thistle Curling Club (280 Burnell Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

This page was prepared by Rick Mutton and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 August 2022

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