Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Winnipeg Free Press

Image of E-edition from Winnipeg Free Press

Long ago when, someone came to our door selling subscriptions to The Free Press Prairie Farmer, a weekly supplement. Dad, a former farmer, took a five-year renewal and was rewarded with an enormous plush teddy bear. Dad and I shared a birthday (I was born on his 49th). That day, I was turning sixteen, so I claimed the teddy; I called him Rufus.

The Prairie Farmer ceased publication in 1965.

The predecessor of the Winnipeg Free Press was the Manitoba Free Press, founded in 1872, just two years after the new province of Manitoba joined Confederation. The following year, Winnipeg incorporated as a city. No doubt one could find reportage on the Northwest Rebellion and the Red River Settlement behind the paywall in the newspaper's archives.

In 1913, the Manitoba Free Press reported on the Titanic disaster.

In 1920, the paper proved its freedom by winning a court case against its pulp supplier, Fort Frances Pulp and Paper, which it accused of violating the WWI War Measures Act.

In 1931, the name of the paper was formally changed to the Winnipeg Free Press. This important newspaper continues to be widely read and to evolve along with the province of Manitoba.

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