Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blue Ribbon Warehouse (334 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

This six-storey brick building on McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg was built in 1911 for the Blue Ribbon Tea Company.

Some employees of the company who were killed during service in the First World War were commemorated at a 61st Battalion concert held at the Walker Theatre on 13-14 December 1915, or in a 101st Battalion souvenir program dedicated to Colonel Henry Norlande Ruttan on 24 April 1916.

Blue Ribbon Warehouse

Blue Ribbon Warehouse (October 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Blue Ribbon Warehouse

Blue Ribbon Warehouse (October 2022)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89825, W97.14447
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Robert Frederick Aitken
[Augustine Presbyterian, Next of Kin]

Chemist

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Lieutenant

31 May 1894

9 April 1917

John Robertson Baird
[Augustine Presbyterian, Canadian Club, Next of Kin]

Bookkeeper

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

2 February 1891

5 June 1916

Herbert Ormond Chipperfield
[Next of Kin, Vimy Ridge]

Tea Packer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

5 March 1893

11 May 1917

John Galt
[Next of Kin, St. Lukes Anglican]

Merchant

Lord Strathcona's Horse

Lieutenant

1 May 1891

9 December 1915

George Geddes

Carpenter

2nd Division Signal Company, Canadian Engineers

Lance Corporal

29 April 1893

17 June 1917

Adam Reid
[Next of Kin]

Tea Packer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

16 January 1897

10 August 1918

Alfred John Tooze
[Vimy Ridge]

Tea Packer

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

10 September 1892

30 April 1917

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (88 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (87 King Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Kerrin Asmundson, Gordon Goldsborough, and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 10 December 2023

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