Leigh Cottage

Leigh Cottage 1937 Historical Plaque

Leigh Cottage 1937 Historical Plaque

(One of a series of articles about the history of South Beach and its families)

South Beach has a new honour. One of our cottages has been recognized for its historical significance. A new blue plaque was put up this week on Hansson Ave.

Front view, facing North

Front view, facing North

Leigh Cottage, 22 Hansson Ave is owned by Glenn & Alanna Rossong. As far as anyone can remember it’s always been painted yellow. It sits on a beautiful big treed lot on the east end of Hansson Ave.

Leigh Cottage

It was constructed Mr. Leigh, Glenn’s grandfather, in 1937 and it a perfect example of a slice of time and summers back then. It’s a typical wood frame cottage.

Back, facing lake side

Back, facing lake side

The type of structure is pyramidal, square, but with small gables at top of roof. It has a gable veranda added at front and a small shed with a shanty roof at back. Everything is original except some plywood sheeting on some walls.

There are screens only on the West side and veranda addition. The apertures on the front have some multi-pane windows, some screens and shutters. The windows, siding, doors, shutters, floor are original, as is the half wall separating the common room and the bedroom. At the time the cottage was added to the historical list it had no water or sewer.

Glenn and Alanna own an antique shop in Middlechurch, Candle Co. So they have a keen sense of historical value.

South side

South side

This building was surveyed and added to the historical list of area cottages in 2011 by Wally Johannson on behalf of the Gimli Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC). Thank you to Mr. Johannson for providing this information. The MHAC has published a Historic Cottage Owner’s Handbook to help folk maintain old cottages. It may be purchased from MHAC who host an annual Open House Information Day in the summer.

 

A South Beach Breakfast

Shelly D

by Evelyn Ward de Roo

Possibly no better breakfast, apart from brunch on my own deck, can be found in the Interlake than at Shelley D’s Restaurant on the corner of South Colonization Road and Highway 9. The building has always been a South Beach landmark, the gateway to cottage fun. As a kid I knew that we were “almost there” when we were on the highway and I saw that little lighthouse. An odd place for a lighthouse indeed. But as we turned off onto South Colonization Road it signified that my Dad could enter relax mode.

It’s been there since 1954, always as some type of restaurant. For 31 years it was The Greek’s, the Gimli Drive Inn. There you could get the best Greek salad anywhere. I remember my Grampa taking me there.

Four years ago Shelley Dale and Barry Hayes came up from Winnipeg to open up their dream.

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You don’t go there for the view. Not that a prairie sky and fields are not beautiful. You go there for great food and fast service. Hot and tasty, the best Western 3 egg omelette surrounded by photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Coke memorabilia. Follow the South Beach lighthouse, it won’t lead you astray.

Beached Well

Ethel well

by Evelyn Ward de Roo

At the end of Ethel Street is our one and only public artesian well. Running 24/7 summer and winter this lowly water source has been operating ever since I can remember.

Some still rely on this well as their one source of water. There used to be many public wells throughout South Beach. Down to the corner of Third and Hansson Street we would walk. Two kids with a yellow pail carried on a stick. Still screwed to the wall of our cottage as some kind of family trophy, this said piece of wood has two screws in the middle, between which the pail handle rested. It’s the same stick my mother and her sister used to fetch water in 1938, so their names are at each end, Sylva and Maxine.

We take fresh water for granted. Walking to get it makes you slow down a little. Not to spill a drop because the pail was heavy and you required to fetch perhaps two to three times a day.

Up until recently the well had a nice wooden structure around it. Now it’s been minimized to a barren pipestand and used cheese pail.

After a swim, who hasn’t rinsed off their feet in this freezing cold blast? Many a kid has sailed their little plastic boat in it or dammed up its stream for fun. This little well is now only feet from the approaching mighty Lake Winnipeg. This one last stand of beach allows us to walk into the lake on pure sand with no dike to navigate. But for how long?