The Gardens on Tenth began in 1962 as the Ebenezer Home for the Aged. In the early ’60s, a number of churches in the Altona area shared a vision of providing a splendid home for the benefit of seniors in their community.
More than 2,000 guests attended an open house which took place over two days in April, 1962. The Board Chair at the time, David Schulz, shared his thoughts with a local reporter for the Red River Valley Echo:
“It is our prayer that all those who reside here, during the latter years of their life, will look back to their stay at Ebenezer as a peaceful and blessed experience.”
Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin attended the official opening ceremony on June 10, 1962 and cut the ribbon to open the new facility. Fifty years to the day of that grand celebration, supporters of Ebenezer Home gathered in Altona once again. The theme of the 50th anniversary event was taken from 1 Samuel 7:12(b): “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (NIV)
Below you will see a few photos from the early days of the Ebenezer Home in April and June of 1962. Also included in this slideshow is an eight-page advertising insert that appeared in the Red River Valley Echo on May 16, 1962. Images courtesy of The Altona & District Heritage Research Centre Inc. (Altona Archive).