William and Georgina (Atkinson) Ardies rented the Winchester Hotel from
Judge Conmy about 1908 and ran it for many years. This is Georgina and
her daughter Maggie Ardies (scratched-out face) in the kitchen.
[Photo Courtesy: Kent Myrick]
I didn't realize until I began my recent correspondence with the nephew - Kent Myrick - that the hotel survived as long as it did. Kent said his father grew up there in the early 1900's...
The Winchester Hotel in Pembina was run by my Dad's "Aunt Eeny", that is, Georgina (Atkinson) Ardies, while my dad was growing up there.
William Ardies was Dad's mother's oldest brother. William's sister Margaret (Ardies) Hensal and her husband George Hensal raised my dad and his brother, (Nathan and Ardies Myrick). She was always called "Auntie Hensal", in the English tradition, instead of using her given name. Probably because the Ardies family came to Pembina by way of Quebec, where they settled when they fled Ireland in the mid-1800s.the Spot bar, facing the Pembina River. However, the hotel to its north was long gone - in it's place was a meat locker. Never did I imagine that a grand hotel had once stood there...
Still standing at least until 1949, what was the Winchester's ultimate fate?
1 - Geroux had previously run a much more humble hotel known as the Geroux Hotel in the 1870's, featured in Chuck Walker's SHERIFF CHARLEY BROWN.