Jedburgh, Saskatchewan

Jedburgh was first settled by Scottish and Ukrainian immigrants in the early 1900s. The post office was established 5 miles southwest of the town and named after the first mailman’s birthplace in Scotland, Jedburgh. In 1928 CN built a railroad through the town and subsequently the post office was moved to the village giving it its name. Soon four elevators were built and a one room school in 1930 with 41 students. A larger school was built after 1945. By the late 1940s Jedburgh boasted a rink, blacksmith, stockyard, cafe, hall, farm implements dealer, lumberyard, garage, and hotel (1947). St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church was constructed in 1946. In 1948 it acquired village status. In 1951 Jedburgh had a population of 92 people.

However, by the 1960s there were signs of decline. High school students were moved to Ituna. By 1971 its population had dropped to 64 people. United Grain Growers closed three of the four elevators in 1977. The same year CN abandoned the rail line through Jedburgh. In 1978 the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool closed its elevator. All elevators have since been removed. In 1983 the school closed and the next year a devastating fire destroyed the village’s hotel. By 1986 only 21 people were residents of Jedburgh. In 2000, its village status was relinquished. Its population at the time is listed as 20, but I doubt it is higher than 10 today.

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~ by emanate80 on January 15, 2016.

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