Peter G. Rattray Collection

An Inventory of His Records at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jeanette Mockford
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryUniversity of ManitobaWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2
(July 2009)

Finding aid encoded by Jeanette Mockford (July 23, 2009)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryUniversity of ManitobaWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Peter G. Rattray

Title:
Peter G. Rattray Collection

Dates:
1893-2003

Quantity:
.1 m of textual records. -- 100 photographs. -- 6 maps.

Identification:
Mss 302, Pc 253, Mc 26 (A. 09-03)

English

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Biography of Peter G. Rattray

Peter George Rattray was born in Winnipeg in 1928. Following his grandfather, Alexander B. Rattray, Peter Rattray’s career also focused on property management and real estate in Winnipeg. Later in life, Peter Rattray was the president of the C.H. Enderton and Company Limited in the last twenty years of its existence. Peter Rattray passed away in 2004.

Born in 1861 in Lafeyette, Indiana, Charles Henry Enderton went on to graduate with a law degree from De Pauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1890, Enderton moved to Winnipeg and worked to bring The Real Estate Exchange (later The Real Estate Board) into being. With equal effort, he founded C.H. Enderton and Company Limited. Early in the twentieth century C.H. Enderton and Company Limited was a successful real estate brokerage located on Portage Avenue that dealt mostly with property in downtown Winnipeg and was a land agent for the Manitoba and North West Land Corporation. It was also renowned for the development of lots 900 and a portion of 910 known today as Crescentwood. This residential area became exclusive for the city’s elite and wealthy. As a testament to his success, Charles Enderton was reported to have been worth 1.2 million dollars at his death in 1920.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

The Peter G. Rattray Collection contains land and real estate records and maps used by the Manitoba and North West Land Corporation, C.H. Enderton and Company Limited, and Fairbanks-Rattray Limited from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Collection also contains many photographs detailing the growth of Winnipeg’s downtown, especially Portage Avenue and the Exchange District from the 1920s into the 1930s. Also included are reprinted postcards depicting the Winnipeg General Strike and photographs of notable downtown buildings destroyed by fire. This addition compliments the Winnipeg history materials currently at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections.

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Restrictions on Access

There is no restriction on access.

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Restrictions on Use

There is no restriction on use.

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Custodial History

The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections acquired the Peter G. Rattray Collection in 2009 from his wife, Shirley Rattray.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Winnipeg Real Estate Records [ 1893-2003 ]

BoxFolder
11 Newspaper Clipping of C.H. Enderton Biography [19-]
  • Item 1: Newspaper article: “People in Glass Houses”: no. 22 – Charles H. Enderton with portrait of C.H. Enderton.
2 Manitoba and North West Land Corporation Licence and Land Grants [between 1893-1896]
  • Item 1: Dominion Lands Grant to The Manitoba & North West Land Corporation Ltd. in the Province of Manitoba for the land on Township 17 Range 17 W. of P.M. 1 Sec. N ½ & S.W. 1/4 of 33 equalling 480 acres and dated 18th February, 1896.
  • Item 2: Dominion Lands Grant to The Manitoba & North West Lands Corporation Ltd. in the Province of Manitoba for the land on Township 19, Range 28 w. of P.M. Sec., N ½ to S.W. of 9 equalling 480 acres and dated 22nd January, 1896.
  • Item 3: Province of Manitoba licence for Manitoba and North West Land Corporation, Limited to buy land, but not in excess of $150,000 and dated April 15, 1893.
3 McPhillip's Map of Winnipeg and Vicinity 1909
  • Item 1: McPhillips’ Outline Map of Winnipeg and Vicinity, January 1909 in a red leather folder used by Alex B. Rattray, Broker, Agreements Purchased, 317 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.
4 McPhillip's Map of Winnipeg and Vicinity 1910
  • Item 1: McPhillips’ Map of the City of Winnipeg, City of St. Boniface and Vicinity dated 1910 in a black leather folder. It was used by Alex B. Rattray, Broker, Agreements Purchased, 317 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg.
5 Royal Canadian Air Force Aerial Photographs of Winnipeg [after 1920]
  • Item 1: Grain Exchange
  • Item 2: Wholesale Houses
  • Item 3: City Hall
  • Item 4: River Park, Looking North
  • Item 5: Winnipeg Looking North
  • Item 6: Parliament Building
  • Item 7: Fort Garry Hotel
  • Item 8: Main Street from C.N.R. Depot
  • Item 9: Business Section
  • Item 10: Business Section
  • Item 11: Portage Avenue Looking East
  • Item 12: Portage Avenue East
  • Item 13: Intersection Main and Portage
  • Item 14: Fort Garry Hotel, C.N.R. Station, Main Street
  • Item 15: Main Street from C.N.R. Depot
6 L.B. Foote Photographs of Winnipeg Buildings [after 1920]
  • Item 1: March 9, 1926: 450 Portage Avenue: Construction of the Hudson’s Bay Company facing south on Memorial Boulevard.
  • Item 2: 1929: left to right: 243 Notre Dame Avenue: W. Wolfe Shoemaker, Quaker State Filling Station, and Hotel St. Charles (corner of 235-237 Notre Dame Avenue and 22 Albert Street facing north-east).
  • Item 3: circa 1930: 265 Portage Avenue: Avenue Block, facing north.
  • Item 4: circa 1924: 215 Portage Avenue: Montgomery Block, facing north.
  • Item 5: circa 1924: 221 Portage Avenue: Curry Block, facing north.
  • Item 6: prior to 1931: left to right: 265 Portage Avenue: Avenue Block and 271 Portage Avenue: Hample Building, facing north.
  • Item 7: left to right: 265 Portage Avenue: Avenue Block and 271 Portage Avenue: Hample Building, facing north.
  • Item 8: 283 Portage Avenue: Sterling Bank Building, facing north.
  • Item 9: circa 1923: left to right: building on left is unknown, middle: 291-295 Portage Avenue: Manitoba Hall, right: 289-291 Portage Avenue: Fit-Reform Block, facing north.
  • Item 10: 311 Portage Avenue: The Clarendon Block with Baroni’s Restaurant and Café on the second floor, 315 Portage Avenue: Canadian Bank of Commerce Building, 315-321 Portage Avenue: Kennedy Block, facing north.
  • Item 11: left to right: 333 Portage Avenue: The Time Building and 327 Portage Avenue: The Dismorr Building, facing north.
  • Item 12: left to right: 343 Portage Avenue: Building name unknown, 341 Portage Avenue: The Telfer Building with the Claratel Café, and 333 Portage Avenue: The Time Building, facing north.
  • Item 13: left to right: 343 Portage Avenue: Building name unknown, 341 Portage Avenue: The Telfer Building with the Claratel Café, and 333 Portage Avenue: The Time Building, facing north.
  • Item 14: left to right: 300 Carlton Street: The Manitoba Free Press Building, westside of street, building on corner of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street (westside) unknown, 287 Carlton Street: The Bettes Building, facing north, building on right is unknown.
  • Item 15: Oct. 21, 1937: left to right: 287 Carlton Street: The Bettes Building, “Carlton Food Market/Goodway Shoe Repairers” building unknown, and 343 Portage Avenue, unknown building, facing north.
  • Item 16: Portage Avenue and Carlton Street, facing north on Portage Avenue, Carlton Street at right, unknown buildings in foreground, The Manitoba Free Press in the background.
  • Item 17: Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street at left, Scanlan and McComb, The Molsons Bank, and two unknown shops at right.
  • Item 18: left to right: Kennedy Street and Portage Avenue, Winnipeg Drug Company, Reliable Bird Store, City Hat Works, J. Barker Meat Market, 397 Portage Avenue: The Electric Pastry Shop, facing north.
  • Item 19: Portage Avenue between Vaughan Street and Kennedy Street facing north. Left to right shop fronts 423 Portage Avenue: Carson’s Café, 421 Portage Avenue: Taylors Meats, 419 Portage Avenue: Mercantile Café, 417 Portage Avenue: Ashford’s Bakery, 415 Portage Avenue: Cash & Carry Groceteria and two unrecognizable shops on right, facing north.
  • Item 20: Junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street, 431 Portage Avenue: Parisian Confectionery, YMCA building at 301 Vaughan Street (middle of photograph), facing north.
  • Item 21: Portage Avenue and junction with Colony Street on right, 459 Portage Avenue: The Gaitey Theatre on right of photo, assorted shops on Portage Avenue facing north, and 375 Balmoral Street: Consolidated Glass Company of Canada in background.
  • Item 22: Junction of Portage Avenue and Garry Street, 254 Portage Avenue: The Bank of Nova Scotia facing south on east side of Garry Street, 290 Garry Street: The Garry Building (The Belgica Building) left on the west side of Garry Street.
  • Item 23: left to right: 254 Portage Avenue: The Bank of Nova Scotia, 262 Portage Avenue: Fashion Craft Block, 264 Portage Avenue: F.W. Woolworth Company on first floor, Robinson’s on second floor, 268 Portage Avenue: The Chocolate Shop Restaurant, 276 Portage Avenue: The Birks Building.
  • Item 24: left to right: 264 Portage Avenue: Avenue Food Market on first floor, Robinson’s on second floor, 266 Portage Avenue: National Clothes Shops, 268 Portage Avenue: The Chocolate Shop Restaurant, 276 Portage Avenue: The Birks Building at corner of Portage Avenue and Smith Street, facing south.
  • Item 25: October 20, 1937: left to right: 280-292 Portage Avenue: The Stobart Block, 292 Portage Avenue: The Lyceum Theatre, 294-298 Portage Avenue: The Somerset Building, facing south.
  • Item 26: left to right: 280-292 Portage Avenue: The Stobart Block, and 294-298 Portage Avenue: The Somerset Building, facing south.
  • Item 27: October 27, 1937: 294-298 Portage Avenue: The Somerset Building, facing south.
  • Item 28: Junction of Portage Avenue and Donald Street southbound, 294 -298 Portage Avenue: The Somerset Building facing south on east side of Donald Street, 320 Portage Avenue: Eaton’s Department Store west side of Donald Street.
  • Item 29: left to right: 346-348 Portage Avenue: Mason & Risch Block, 354 Portage Avenue: Holt Renfrew Building (The Carlton Building), junction of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street, facing south.
  • Item 30: left to right: Junction of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street, 358-366 Portage Avenue: The Steele Block, 368-374 Portage Avenue: The Wentworth Building, facing south.
  • Item 31: left to right: 368-374 Portage Avenue: The Wentworth Building, 376-382 Portage Avenue: Boston Ladies Ready to Wear, P&B Cash Stores, Esmond’s Cakes & Pastries, and Renee’s Garments Limited, Junction with Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street facing south.
  • Item 32: left to right: junction of Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street, 384-388 Portage Avenue: The Boyd Building, facing south.
  • Item 33: left to right: 400 Portage Avenue: Pulford Block, 402-410 Portage Avenue: Bradburn Block, junction of Portage Avenue and Kennedy Street, facing south.
  • Item 34: Portage Avenue between Vaughan Street and Kennedy Street, facing south.
  • Item 35: Junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street. Left side of photo was the future site of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
  • Item 36: Junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store facing southeast at right.
  • Item 37: Junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street, facing south.
  • Item 38: 450 Portage Avenue: Future site of the Hudson’s Bay Company department store, facing south.
  • Item 39: 450 Portage Avenue: Future site of the Hudson’s Bay Company department store, facing south.
  • Item 40: 450 Portage Avenue, completed Hudson’s Bay Company department store, facing south.
  • Item 41: 450 Portage Avenue: Future site of the Hudson’s Bay Company department store, junction of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, and 462 Portage Avenue: Calman Fine Furs, facing south.
  • Item 42: left to right: 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store, junction of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, 462 Portage Avenue: Calman Fine Furs, facing south.
  • Item 43: left to right: 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store, junction of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, 462 Portage Avenue: Building of future Army Surplus, facing south.
  • Item 44: 3 photo panoramic: left to right: Junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street, 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company, 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store facing south, middle of panoramic, 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store facing south, right of panoramic, junction of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard with Manitoba Legislature in background, facing south.
7 Photographs of Buildings in Winnipeg [after 1920]
  • Item 1: Portage Avenue facing west from Main Street.
  • Item 2: left to right: Junction of Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street, 384-388 Portage Avenue: The Boyd Building, facing south.
  • Item 3: left to right: 396 Portage Avenue: King’s Limited, 400 Portage Avenue: Pulford Block: F.W. Woolworth’s, facing south.
  • Item 4: June 28, 1928: 400 Portage Avenue: Pulford Block: The Crescent Furniture Store, facing south.
  • Item 5: June 28, 1928: left to right: 400 Portage Avenue: The Crescent Furniture Store Limited, 402 Portage Avenue: Russell & Bender Bootery, facing south.
  • Item 6: June 28, 1928: left to right: 400 Portage Avenue: The Crescent Furniture Store Limited, 402 Portage Avenue: Russell & Bender Bootery, facing south.
  • Item 7: left to right: 346-348 Portage Avenue: Mason-Risch Block, 350-356 Portage Avenue: Holt Renfrew Building (The Carlton Building), Junction of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street, facing south.
  • Item 8: left to right: Block between Carlton Street and Edmonton Street on Portage Avenue, 376 Portage Avenue: Boston Ready-to-Wear, 380 Portage Avenue: Miller’s Bird Store and Doll Hospital, 382 Portage Avenue: Toronto Ladies Ready-to-Wear, facing south.
  • Item 9: left to right: 300 Carlton Street: The Manitoba Free Press Building, west side of street (left background), building on corner of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street unknown (west side in foreground), junction of Portage Avenue and Carlton Street, 287 Carlton Street: The Bettes Building, facing south.
  • Item 10: Main Street, 2 photograph panoramic: 619-625 Main Street, Stanley Block, 611-615 Main Street, Corbett Block, facing east.
  • Item 11: 44-46 Princess Street: Ryan Block, front of the building,facing northwest.
  • Item 12: 44-46 Princess Street: Ryan Block, front of the building,facing northwest.
  • Item 13: 44-46 Princess Street: Ryan Block, side of the building, facing northwest.
  • Item 14: April 13, 1929: left to right: junction of Portage Avenue and Garry Street, 254 Portage Avenue: The Bank of Nova Scotia, 262 Portage Avenue: Fashion Craft Block, 264 Portage Avenue: F.W. Woolworth Company on first floor, Robinson’s on second floor, facing south on east side of Garry Street.
  • Item 15: Nov.22,1932: 264 Portage Avenue: Avenue Food Market on first floor, Robinson’s on second floor, facing south.
  • Item 16: Left to right: junction of Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, 462 Portage Avenue: Calman Fine Furs, 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store, facing south.
  • Item 17: Left to right: junction of Portage Avenue and Edmonton Street, 379 ½ Portage Avenue: Thomson & Pope Shoes, 377 Portage Avenue: The Capitol Loan & Mortgage Corporation, 379 Portage Avenue: New York Hair Store, 381 Portage Avenue: vacant, 383 Portage Avenue: Melvin’s Smart Shop for Women, facing north.
  • Item 18: Left to right: Portage Avenue between Edmonton Street and Carlton Street, 379 Portage Avenue: New York Hair Store. 377 Portage Avenue: vacant, 375 Portage Avenue: Melvin’s Smart Shop for Women, 367 Portage Avenue: Picardy Candy Limited, 365 Portage Avenue: Kendall’s Smart Shoes, “Talkies” Movie Theatre, H.J. Cull Growers & Florists, 357 Portage Avenue: David’s Ladies Ready-to-Wear, facing north.
  • Item 19: Left to right: Portage Avenue between Vaughan Street and Kennedy Street: 414 Portage Avenue: Fifth Avenue Apparel, 424 Portage Avenue: Singer Sewing Machine Company Building, 426 Portage Avenue: Bank of Montreal Building, facing south.
  • Item 20: 73 Albert Street and 222 McDermot Avenue: Silvester and Willson Building, facing northwest.
  • Item 21: Left to right: 428-434 Portage Avenue: The Power Building, junction of Portage Avenue and Vaughan Street, 450 Portage Avenue: Hudson’s Bay Company department store, facing south.
  • Item 22: 4 photograph panoramic: April 13, 1929: left to right: Main Street between Alexander Avenue and Logan Avenue, 580 Main Street: Dominion Practical Trade Schools Canadian Headquarters, 590 Main Street: The Canadian Bank of Commerce, 594 Main Street: Allman Block, 598 Main Street: Imperial Café, 600 Main Street: Jewel Self-Service Stores, 604 Main Street: Columbia Theatre, 610 Main Street: Exchange Café, 614 Main Steet: The Royal Bank of Canada, Ralph’s Limited, 620 Main Street: Liggett’s Drugstore. Junction of Albert Street and McDermot Avenue, facing northwest.
  • Item 23: Left to right: 237 Bannatyne Avenue: Kay’s Dry Goods and Clothing (in Albert Block), facing north.
  • Item 24: Left to right: corner of Bannatyne Avenue and Albert Street, 237 Bannatyne Avenue: Kay’s Dry Goods and Clothing, 220 Bannatyne Avenue: Albert Block: Dayton Scales, 86 Albert Street: Albert Block: International Business Machines, facing north.
  • Item 25: 48 Albert Street: Royal Albert Hotel, facing east.
  • Item 26: 4 photo panoramic, received October 28, 1925 by Fairbanks-Rattray Limited, pasted into a cardboard folder. Left to right: junction of Portage Avenue and Main Street: 394 Main Street: Canadian National Telegraphs, 398-402 Main Street: Robinson & Co., 416-422 Main Street: McIntyre Block, 426 Main Street: The Home Bank of Canada, 430-432 Main Street: London Block, 436 Main Street: The Royal Trust Company, facing west.
  • Item 27: 167 East Gate, Winnipeg, facing southeast.
  • Item 28: 167 East Gate, Winnipeg, facing southeast.
8 Photographs of F.W. Woolworth's store fire in Winnipeg, Manitoba [19-]
  • Item 1: F.W. Woolworth's building fire.
  • Item 2: F.W. Woolworth's building fire.
9 Postcards of Winnipeg Riot and Avenue Building Fire [ca. June 10, 1919]
  • Item 1: 265 Portage Avenue: Avenue Block fire, 1 black and white postcard.
  • Item 2: 9-June 10,1919: Winnipeg Riot: 8 postcards with views of Portage Avenue and Main Street.
10 Photograph of Enderton Block Fire January 11, 1918
  • Item 1: Enderton Block fire January 10,1918: 328-338 Portage Avenue and southwest corner of Hargrave Street.
11 Front Page of The Free Press Evening Bulletin January 11, 1918
  • Item 1: Free Press Evening Bulletin, Winnipeg, Friday, January 11, 1918, no. 87.
12 Photograph of Farmhouse in St. Andrews, Manitoba. [19-]
  • Item 1: Photograph of farmhouse with description typed on back of photo: Wm. Scotia original homestead Land occupied in 1838. Oldest farm house in Manitoba (and probably oldest dwelling). – situated at St. Andrews, Man., on the Red River. Construction started about 1842. My Father born here in 1850. I was born here in 1881. In 1886 when he entered Holy orders, Father gave the house and land to his brother, William, provided he took care of their Mother during her lifetime. The present owner is Clifford Scott – William’s son.
13 Advertisements Detailing Auction of Crescentwood Lots 1917
  • Item 1: Poster advertising the sale of 133 unsold residence plots in Crescentwood and advertising an auction to sell the remaining lots on September 15, 1917.
  • Item 2: Poster with article and photographs of houses built in Crescentwood to advertise the sale of the remainder of the lots.
  • Item 3: Poster with article detailing the features of Crescentwood and advertising an auction for the sale of the remainder of the lots.
14 Maps of Crescentwood Lots 1917
  • Item 1: Pamphlet selling lots in Crescentwood, with map included.
  • Item 2: Pamphlet with map advertising Crescentwood lots with some individual photos of houses built in the development.
  • Item 3: Pamphlet with map advertising Crescentwood lots with some individual photos of houses built in the development.
  • Item 4: Pamphlet of lots in Crescentwood with map.
15 Pamphlet Advertising Rental Space in the Syndicate Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba [19-]
  • Item 1: Pamphlet advertising office space in the Syndicate Building located at the corner of Portage Avenue and Fort Street with a floor plan on second page of pamphlet.
16 Newspaper Clipping and Correspondence on Crescentwood, A History book [between 1990 and 2003]
  • Item 1: Typewritten letter from Peter G. Rattray to the Crescentwood Homeowners Association, April 16, 1990.
  • Item 2: Newspaper clipping: Winnipeg Free Press, Sunday, June 8, 2003 “Beautiful homes, history found in Crescentwood”. Article discussing the history of Crescentwood and the book, “Crescentwood: A History”.

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