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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Douglas General Store (Argyle, RM of Rockwood)

In 1912, the Stonewall Gazette reported that farm boy James D. Douglas (1882-1945, son of James Douglas) was building a warehouse and store near a newly constructed spur line of the Canadian Northern Railway, in what would become the village of Argyle in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. Selling goods ranging from flour to boots to iron gates, Douglas kept local residents supplied with perishables, groceries, and farm supplies. The store went through a succession of owners through the years, including Isaac Wolson, the Nappers, and Dick and Joyce Brindley. Today, owned by Ben and Victoria Schindle and known as the Meridian Trail General Store, the business continues to serve its community with convenience items and groceries, and it also houses the local liquor vendor and post office.

On 9 June 2012, an MHS Centennial Business Award was presented to store proprietor Ben Schindle. As of June 2019, the store is no longer in business.

The store was later operated by Isaac Woolson

The store was later operated by Isaac Woolson (no date)
Source: Victoria Schindle

The store later became Napper’s Red & White

The store later became Napper’s Red & White (no date)
Source: Victoria Schindle

Meridian Trail General Store

Meridian Trail General Store (June 2012)
Source: Victoria Schindle

Meridian Trail General Store

Meridian Trail General Store (May 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.18183, W97.45452
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle General Store (Argyle, RM of Rockwood)


We thank Rose Kuzina and Victoria and Ben Schindle for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Shayne Campbell and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2019

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