Mountainside

(1914 – 1961) Mountainside was an early prairie community and a stop on the Wakopa Subdivision of the Canadian Northern Railway.

Stories

**1949 - 1962** *Ben Arde was born in Saskatchewan in October of 1926. His parents farmed there until the 1930s. When Ben was eight his father, originally from [Wakopa](article=old-wakopa), moved his family back to Manitoba, this time settling south of Mountainside.* *Ben farmed for a couple of years but he found it difficult to make a living—he bought the [store in Mountainside](article=mountainside-general-store) as an alternative. He married Phyllis Halliday in 1952.* [[inline:right:mountainside-store]] “I bought the store from Tufts in 1949, it was called B.A. Arde. It was a general store and a hardware store, and I had a television business out of there as well: selling and repairing televisions. “I never wanted to repair televisions. I used to like fixing radios and I always did that. Sammy Oak was selling television sets in [Boissevain](item=boissevain). He would change tubes but he didn’t know anything about them. He phoned me one night and asked if I’d try to do some repairs. I said that I didn’t want anything to do with them, but he said that he would bring them down anyways. He seemed to have enough parts to do it so we fixed those. The next week he brought in five more for repair. Then I took a correspondence course with National Schools one winter. “So I did repairing for Sammy Oak, and a guy in Killarney, and another guy in Elgin. They brought the televisions up after supper and I’d work half the night on those things. I didn’t get ...

**As early as 1913—Present** #The story of a curious paint-job . . . *The Mountainside Store is an eye catcher, no doubt about it, and it’s hard to miss while driving down Mountainside Road. For years I have passed this building – even pointed it out on my heritage tours – without knowing when it was built, by whom, and most of all: why it was painted.* *These questions, and more, were easily answered once I found the right people to ask. In the fall of 2012 I sent a couple of my board members to interview Ben Arde who had owned and operated the Mountainside store for 14 years in the ‘50s and ‘60s. This interview left me aquiver with more questions and in January 2013 I contacted three generations of the Black family: Ethel Black was born and grew up in Mountainside, her son Larry Black spent his childhood there and his son David Black owned and lived in the Mountainside building in the early 2000s.* [[inline:right:mountainside]] ##Tabberner Builds the Store Before the story of the Mountainside store began, another general store operated in the village. This early store burned down, probably in the early 1900’s. The general store that exists to this day was built by Walter Tabberner sometime before 1927—at least the store was already in place when the Mountainside School was constructed in that year. Tabberner built the school with the help of Ethel Black’s father, Albert Truax, who at that time was about 15 ...