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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Messner Store Museum (Holmfield, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

This store in Holmfield, in the Rural Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain, was opened in 1886 by businessman Frank J. Messner. In addition to selling merchandise to the surrounding community, he also served as the local postmaster from 1901 to 1919. When Messner retired in 1919, he sold the store to English immigrant William Collis who operated it for the next 57 years. In 1976, Collis sold the store’s contents at auction. It was later restored to the way it looked in Messner’s day for use as a museum, which is open by appointment. Those wishing to visit the museum are asked to contact Peggy Giesbrecht at 204-523-8149.

Holmfield Museum

View of the Messner store at right in an early 20th century panoramic view of Holmfield (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2017-0013

Holmfield Museum

Holmfield Museum (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Holmfield Museum

Interior of the Holmfield Museum (August 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.13712, W99.48703
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

By the Old Mill Stream: A History of the Village of Holmfield & District by the Holmfield History Book Committee, 1982, pages 22-23.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2017

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