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Brandon Boom Time, 1900-1913

A.E. McKenzie Building Heritage Brandon

A.E. McKenzie Building, photo taken between 1910 and 1918. –Heritage Brandon

Spurred on by commercial developments and the steady influx of immigrants, Brandon witnessed an extraordinary period of construction activity in the years immediately prior to the First World War.

A new and more substantial core area developed as original frame structures were replaced by new ones of brick and steel.

The list is lengthy:

Brandon Hardware Block, the CPR roundhouse, Brandon Woolen Mills, the Yukon Block, the Brandon Sun building, the YMCA, Campbell’s Furniture;

Three banks: the Union, the Montreal, and the Merchants;

The Courthouse, and the Prince Edward Hotel;

It was also a period in which several churches replaced their original sanctuaries:

First Church Methodist, built in 1899, was later followed by St. Paul’s, St. Augustine’s, the Baptist Church, the Salvation Army, Victoria Avenue Methodist Church, Knox Presbyterian, St. Michael’s Academy, and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.

The outstanding success of the McKenzie Seed Company’s first catalogue distributed in 1900 to prairie farmers brought about the expansion of this firm’s influence as far west as the mountains.


The Wheat City: A Pictorial History of Brandon, by Fred McGuinness

Albert E. McKenzie established the Brandon Seed House in 1896.

In the same year, the Canadian Phoenix Fire Insurance Company opened an office in Brandon.

McKenzie became the company’s president, and both his seed business and the insurance company co-existed at 20-9th Street.

In 1898, McKenzie created McKenzie Seeds. The businesses were incorporated in 1906, becoming A.E. McKenzie Co. Ltd.

By 1910, A.E. McKenzie Co. Ltd was experiencing great success – enough to warrant the construction of a new building.

The company’s new offices were built next door at 30-9th Street.

This six-storey reinforced concrete and brick office and warehouse was designed in 1910 by Thomas Sinclair, a prominent Brandon architect.

It was constructed for $100,000 by the Brandon Construction Company under the supervision of Thomas Harrington.

Heritage Brandon



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830 Lorne Avenue Heritage Brandon

830 Lorne Avenue

This uniquely designed home was built in 1906.

The home’s most prominent feature is its gambrel roof, adorned with hipped dormers, heavy bargeboard trim, brackets, and wide eaves.

The design boasts an open porch, canted bay window, and columns.


The original owner was James Frederick Kilgour, a barrister with Philip & Kilgour.

He lived here for three years.

From 1913 to 1924, the house was occupied by Patrick Angus Kennedy.

Kennedy was a pharmacist and the proprietor of Kennedy’s Pharmacy, and of P.A. Kennedy Music Co. Ltd.

The house was also owned by tailor Ernest W. Jacobs for a number of years.

Heritage Brandon



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The liver is one of the most important organs in the body.

It is unique, being the only organ that can regenerate itself to repair damage and can even regrow if partially removed.

Every day, it is involved in our metabolism and protects us from toxic substances. But despite its resiliency, the liver itself also needs to be protected.

What does the liver do?

The liver’s most well-known role is to detoxify toxic substances in the body.

Pesticides, preservatives, alcohol and metabolic waste are diluted by less toxic substances in the liver to prepare them for safe excretion by the kidneys and bowel.

The liver also breaks down hormones like estrogen after they have completed their work.

Another major function of the liver is in regulating the body’s metabolism.

The liver helps to digest fats through the production of bile.

Bile is stored in the gallbladder ready to be used as required and assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and calcium.

Fats are oxidized by the liver for energy production.

Further, the liver takes absorbed vitamins from the blood and stores them for use in periods of stress.

Protecting the liver through lifestyle.

You can help protect your liver in the following ways:

Avoid intake of toxic substances.The less toxic substances you take in, the less strain on your liver.

Avoid processed foods, especially fatty foods high in hydrogenated fats.

Too much fat intake contributes to accumulation of fat in the liver.

Avoid overeating. Overeating causes liver fatigue.

Avoid drugs. Drugs, alcohol and caffeine put additional strain on the liver.


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