Saskatoon Sun from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on July 11, 1999 · 32
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32 Saskatoon Sun, Sunday, July 1 1, 1999 Landau added special meaning to 1942 wedding When David and Winnifred Williamson became husband and wife on July 11, 1942, they did gw not expect to become Saskatoon 0e8 celebrities the same day. Their friends had other plans. Th Williamsons were floored when they walked out of a photographers studio after their wedding to find a shiny black Landau Carriage and well-dressed driver waiting for them. The carriage was there, with the driver grinning from ear to ear, recalls Dave Williamson. He says they are still not certain how their friends managed to arrange the carriage, which previously had been used only for dignitaries visiting the city. Apparently, they had some unexpected assistance from a. stubborn animal. They thought they were going to get a donkey and a trap cart, he says. But they couldnt get the donkey to move. Instead, the newlyweds rode through downtown Saskatoon in the kind of carriage that transports attendants at royal weddings. It was a Saturday afternoon so everyone was out on the street, says Dave Williamson, while Winnie demonstrates the astonished looks they received from the crowd that gathered wherever the carriage went It was delightful, I waved like a queen, she says. Friends and relatives were waiting with a photographer at the top of the Broadway Bridge. The driver, Pat Lundy, stopped the carriage for a picture which appeared in the newspaper a few days later. The Landau that transported the Williamsons is now on display at the Saskatoon WDM. It is among an,glite class of coaches used in the grand years of the carriage era, which began in Europe in the late 1600s and lasted until 1910. GROSSE worn Misters After 1910, horse-drawn travel was quickly supplanted by the horseless carriage, when automobiles became the dominant mode of transportation. Doran Degenstein, a wheelwright and carriage historian from Fort McLeod, Alta., says Landau Carriages were luxury vehicles that could be compared to modem limousines. For a young girl or boy growing up on the Prairies, seeing a Landau would have been like watching a fairy-tale come to life. For the average rural resident, your odds of ever getting a ride in one would be slim, Degenstein says. The WDMs Landau was manufactured by James Cunningham Son and Company of Rochester, N.Y. Landau refers to a style of carriage that is thought to have originated in the Bavarian town of Landau in the late 1500s. The vehicle in Saskatoon is a five glass style, among the most elegant of the Landau class. Landau Carriages came with a high price tag because they were difficult to build. The five-glass vehicle has a folding top that makes it one of the first true convertibles. Glass windows above the doors are lowered into the door frames and the remaining three windows are stored under the seat. When a latch on the top of the carriage is released, the leather roof can be folded down. Degenstein says families who owned Landaus would have been wealthy enough to employ a driv er and a groomsman. They would be turned out in proper livery, says Degenstein, referring to the hat, suit, gloves and boots that employees were required to wear. Though Landau Carriages were rare on the Prairies, they were more common in the industrial cities of the eastern United States and Canada. . Big companies like T. Eaton would have their own stables and carriages, Degenstein says. Some of the bigger companies had stables that employed 50 or 60 people. Few details are known about exactly when and why a Landau Carriage was sent to Saskatoon by the T. Eaton Company in the early 1900s. While the purchase price of the carriage is not known, records on similar vehicles built by rival companies suggest that it would have cost between $1,500 and $2,000. The carriage eventually was used by the Saskatoon Prairieland Exhibition for transporting special guests. The corporation donated it to the Western Development Museum in 1988. Dave and Winnie Williamson donated Winnies wedding dress and a photograph of themselves in the Landau to the WDM. The Williamsons, who also are WDM volunteers, say the carriage brings back memories of the surprise gift from their friends 57 years ago. It wasnt the only surprise their friends had in store for them. After their wedding reception, the couple drove through a storm to Prince Albert Jo begin their honeymoon. We opened up our suitcases and they were filled with confetti, recalls Winnie Williamson. We had no idea until we got to Prince Albert. Just one day after riding -ijw .. m ,,mi in i i. . g? -..y-V.x'-'T , : . :. .... V, - ' 1 I 1 1 J JL M; IV W v-v WDM archive photo The wedding party of Dave and Winnie Williamson poses with the Landau Carriage, 1942. through Saskatoon in high style, the Williamsons could be found among the pines north of Prince Albert, shaking confetti from their suitcases. 1 Crosse is a journalist who has researched a multitude of artifacts in the WDMs collection and will write about them on an individual basis in a series of articles in The Saskatoon Sun. For information on other artifacts in the WDM collection, please call the WDM Curatorial Centre at (306)934-1400 or visit the WDM website at www.wdmu-seum.sk.ca OpiMnaisi Holy Cross Lutheran Church 1999 Vacation bin School, A Jungle Journey Explonng Gods Promises" at the church Aug. 9-13 from 8.45 a.m. -12 noon. This is a free program for children ages 4-12. It includes Bible stories, creative learning, music, crafts, recreation and a snack. A free will offenng will be taken. Space is limited. Registration deadline is July 20. For more information or to register, call 382-0544. This years mission project is Puerto Rico. We will be collecting school supplies for children there. Nutana Legion Texas Scramble, July 17. Supper and dance to follow. For more informa-bon, call 374-6303. The Salvation Army Beaver Creek Camp for children ages 7-12 are heading of for a camping experience at The Salvation Army Beaver Creek Camp, leaving The Saskatoon Community Centre, 339 Avenue C South, on July 19 between 10:15 and 10.30 a.m. Children have the choice of four holiday camps in the month of July. The camps pnmary purpose is to provide a camping adventure to children who might not otherwise get out of the city for the summer. For more information, contact Captains Ken or Michele Percy at 244-8096. Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy at the Wascana Country Club in Regina. The modified Texas scramble starts at 1 pm with a shotgun start The day also includes a golf clinic with golf pro Graham Coulter starting at 11:30 a.m. Michael OBrian, Saskatchewan author and Leader-Post columnist as Poet Laureate. Entertainment by nabonal acclaimed Canadian folk singer and literacy advocate, Valdy. There are hole-in-one pnzes and an on-course literacy quiz. All funds support the Saskatchewan Literacy Foundation whose mandate is to raise funds for adult-based literacy programs in Saskatchewan. To register as a golfer, as a team, or for dinner call the golf line at 1-877-769-9997. Saskatchewan Parkinsons Disease Foundation annual general meeting, July 17 at 1.30 p.m. at Chnst the King Pansh Hall, 3223 Garnet St., Regina (south of Hill Ave. on Garnet St.). The Canadian Veterans for Justice and Fairness will not be meeting in the months of July and August. Meetings will resume in September. If you require information, call Ray G. Sorsdahl at 373-5366. DailylschediilelatUJielE: i Sunday, July 11 Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 ai?if7:30 p.m. Thoroughbred Racing, Marquis Downs at 1:30 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A buildjpg at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at, 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Ttamp Commandos, back of grandstand, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 1 1 :30 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. The Philosopher Kings, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. s Monday, July 12 Junior Judging Sweepstakes, Wheatland B Building at 9 a.m. Downtown Parade at 9:30 a.m. Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. SNuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. haul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back of grandstand, at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. family Fun Night, Marquis Downs at 6:30 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. Patricia Conroy, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 13 Beef Team Grooming, Outdoor Rings at 9 a.m. 4-H Light Horse Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 9:30 a.m. Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. 4-H Beef Heifer Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 1 p.m. Sheep Sweepstakes, Wheatland B Building at 1 p.m. Dairy Clipping, Wheatland B Building at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back of grandstand, at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 1 1 :30 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. The Emeralds, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 4-H Light Horae Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 9:30 a.m. 4-H Finished Beef Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 10 a.m. Dairy Heifer Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 12:30 p.m. Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. 4-H Beef Showmanship Sweepstakes, Outdoor Rings at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back of grandstand, at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. 4-H Beef Awards, Outdoor Rings at 6 p.m. 4-H Finished Beef Sale, Outdoor Rings at 6:30 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. The Moffatts, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. Thursday, July IS Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. 1 Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatra at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back of grandstand, at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 1 1 :30 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. Chilliwack, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. Friday, July 16 Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1:30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Prairieland Llama and Alpaca Classic, Wheatland B at 2 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back of grandstand, at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 1 1 :30 p.m. Thoroughbred Racing, Marquis Downs at 7 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7:30 p.m. Johner Brothers, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 17 Gates, Thomas Shows Midway, Exhibit Buildings, Jurassic Journey, Reptile Show open at 1 p.m. Clown-Uppets, Kidsville at 1 :30, 3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Farquhar and Felicity, Outdoor Theatre at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Nuts About Science, Centre Hall at 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Prairie Dogs, Kidsville, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Paul Isaak, Wheatland A building at 2:30, 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Ramp Commandos, back ot grandstand, 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. Mesmer, Wheatland A Building at 3:30, 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saskatchewan Express, Outdoor Theatre at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. Great Wall Acrobats, Outdoor Theatre at 3, 6 and 9 p.m. McRorie, back of grandstand, at 6, 8, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. Thoroughbred Racing, Marquis Downs at 7 p.m. The Lost Boys, Wheatland Terrace at 7, 9 and It p.m. Youth Talent Search, Wheatland A Building at 7 p.m. 54-40, Main Grandstand at 8 p.m.

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