As Breslauer & Warren Jewellers celebrate 100 years, we look back at some key events from 100 years ago, starting with the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919.
What was life like in Western Canada 100 years ago? One of the most significant events in Canadian history took place in the spring of 1919. The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 was one of the most influential strikes in Canadian history, and became the platform for future labour reforms. Massive unemployment and inflation, dismal wages and working conditions, the unwillingness to accept the formation of new unions, and the success of the Russian Revolution all contributed to labour unrest at the time. The Winnipeg General Strike would last six weeks until it was finally brought to an end by the tragic events of Bloody Saturday. Even during this tumultuous time two WWI army veterans, Hugo Breslauer and Jim Warren decided to move to Winnipeg from San Francisco. The Winnipeg General Strike occurred 3 months before the creation of Breslauer & Warren Jewellers.