St. Paul’s Anglican Church

St. Paul’s Anglican Church, just south of Langbank, was built in 1938 by Charles Parker. He was a stonemason originally from Ontario. The church’s Norman design was based on his mother’s Scottish roots. It features a single square tower and small apse. The building committee had no funds to work with and stone was easily come by. The labour of transporting the stones was done … Continue reading St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Ellisboro, Saskatchewan

During the 1870s the crossing of the Qu’Appelle River north of Wolseley was know as the Racette’s Crossing. It was named after a local servant of the Hudson Bay’s Company. This was part of the Carlton Trail which connected the Red River Colony to Fort Carlton. The area just south of the crossing was settled by Joseph Hoskins Ellis from Guelph, Ontario in 1881. He … Continue reading Ellisboro, Saskatchewan

Insinger, Saskatchewan

Insinger was named after Fredrik Robert Insinger, a politician and rancher from Holland. Settlers first came to the area in 1891. They were mostly Ukrainian, but some Doukhobors did live near Insinger. The railway came to Insinger in 1903 and a village post office was built in 1908. A railroad station was not constructed until 1920. The following year a school was erected and the … Continue reading Insinger, Saskatchewan

Girvin, Saskatchewan

The town of Girvin was named after John Girvin, a contractor for many railroad stations west of Winnipeg. The railway preceded the village, built during the 1880s by the Qu’Appelle, Long Lake, and Saskatchewan Railroad and Steamboat Company. Settlement of the area started around 1902. The post office opened April 1st, 1905 and a school followed the same year. A restaurant, lumber yard, butcher, hotel, … Continue reading Girvin, Saskatchewan

One-Room School

I came across this school a few years ago on a winter photo trip. Searches of  various local history books and historical school websites have proven fruitless concerning its name and past. Judging by its appearance I’m guessing it closed in the 1950s or 1960s. The school is located about ten kilometres north of Pense, east of grid 641. If you know any information about … Continue reading One-Room School