Acme Club spring skates, also known as Halifax skates, were first patented in 1888. They were the first skate that clamped to the soles of a pair of boots instead of being held in place with straps. These skates were owned and used by a member of the Criddle family. The Criddle family, lead by patriarch Percy, immigrated to Manitoba from Surrey, England in 1882 and began homesteading near Treesbank, Manitoba. The Criddles spent much of their winter skating, first on the nearby Assiniboine River and eventually on a homemade rink that took upwards of 1750 pails of water to complete! Skating was also a regular part of the Christmas day activities for the Criddle family, with Percy making note of this ritual in his diary entries for December 25th.
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