Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper Archives Sep 26 1970, Page 124

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - September 26, 1970, Winnipeg, ManitobaFeatures Winnipeg free press saturday september 26, 1970 new Leisure houses have known it is funny How a single event will impress itself so much on your mind that forever after where it took place or where you Learned of it will be connected with it. It was like that the afternoon we heard the news of the r 101 disaster on oct. 5, 1930. All the family was gathered in the living room of or. And mrs. Jesse Oppenheimer s House at 875 Ingersoll Street. Or. Oppenheimer or Opie. As we All affectionately called him was in the room across the Hall listening to his radio. Suddenly he called out for us to be quiet and listen to the news. And As we sat there in stunned silence for we were not yet accustomed to disasters As we Are today i suddenly had the feeling that this was a moment in time that would remain with me forever. And it has. I can see Myrtle Jesse s wife leaning Forward slightly in her chair in the Corner Rny Mother in a straight chair always her preference looking Down at the carpet. My father had his head slightly turned for he was hard of hearing in one ear. And my husband looking out of the window with a strained expression begot of War memories and myself trying to keep the Small boy quiet. It is still etched on my memory and each time i pass that House the picture flashes before my eyes. There Are other memories i have of the Small House on Ingersoll. For it seems i was often there Myrtle being the kindest and most hospitable of women besides being a sort of aunt As her sister had married my Uncle and so the Oppenheimer children Walter and Celia. Mary and lome shared a Mutual Cousin Lois Scott with me. And there would always be some of the Angus Corley children at their aunts Clarice and Bernice or the younger ones. And not Only that but she nursed an aunt of mine through a Long illness and in her own Home because the old lady would be lonesome in a Hospital. Ample of Fig ure. Myrtle had a heart to match it and a deep compassion for the suffering of the world. Her voice was Rich and her Hearty laugh infectious. Jesse Oppenheimer was a Veteran Salesman in the Imperial tobacco company for which he worked most of his life. His father s family were Well known in Vancouver and a statue to his Uncle one time mayor of Vancouver stands near to the Entrance at Stanley Park this being a matter of great Pride to him. At the time they moved there some time in the 20s, Ingersoll Street was away out in the West end which was just beginning to build up beyond Arlington Street. We used to go there by Street car and knew where to get off by the fire station still standing on the North Side of Sargent. But being that distance away did t keep the family from congregating there on every and All occasions. By Dorothy Garbutt 871 Ingersoll Street

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