A couple years ago I ventured out towards Abernethy to visit a couple of old stone buildings. The first was the “Old Stone Church” a few kilometres southwest of the village. This Presbyterian church was built in 1892 by volunteers including the reverend, Alex Robson, and Adam Cantelon both stone masons. James Dick helped gather stones and gravel for the construction. The three acre lot … Continue reading Fieldstone

Robsart, Saskatchewan

Settlers first came to the Robsart area between 1909 and 1910. Many were Norwegians arriving via the United States. Wheat farming and ranching were the primary reasons for moving to the area. Robsart is named after Amy Robsart, a character in Sir Walter Scott’s book Kenilworth. The CPR laid track through the area in 1914 and the village was incorporated the same year. Soon after … Continue reading Robsart, Saskatchewan

Vanishing Sentinels

For information on ghost towns I rely on several sources. One of my more recent supplies of knowledge comes from Jim A. Pearson’s Vanishing Sentinels series. It was only last summer that I discovered his comprehensive books on the grain elevators of Saskatchewan. For Christmas, I received volumes 2 and 3 of his work; the elevators of Western and Eastern Saskatchewan. He had also documented … Continue reading Vanishing Sentinels

The Wright House

I could not find much information about this house. It is often referred to as the Wright house; as it was owned by William Henry and Gertrude Wright. William Henry was a son of George and Margaret Wright. The couple moved from Ayton, Ontario to Saskatchewan in 1890. They had ten children together. They settled near Kenlis in a log and mud house. William Henry … Continue reading The Wright House

Baring, Saskatchewan

Baring was named after the prominent British banking family whose firm purchased fifteen million dollars in CPR bonds. The railroad came through Baring in 1907. The Maple Leaf Mills elevator was constructed in 1909 and sold to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in 1928. It was abandoned in 1965, four years after the railway was no longer in use. A National Elevator Company granary was also … Continue reading Baring, Saskatchewan

Summerberry, Saskatchewan

The Summerberry region was named by local First Nations owing to the plentiful berry bushes found in the area. Migrating natives often stopped here in the summer to collect berries which were very important in supplementing their diet. Non-natives first settled this region in the early 1880s. The rail line was built through the settlement in 1882. The original stone United church was constructed in … Continue reading Summerberry, Saskatchewan

Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

Cannington Manor was founded in 1882 by Captain Edward Mitchell Pierce. His hope was to emulate an aristocratic English colony in western Canada. Remittance men from England moved to the village throughout the 1880s. These men were younger sons of elite families who had no chance of inheriting their father’s wealth. Several businesses were established to bolster the community. This included the Moose Mountain Trading … Continue reading Cannington Manor Provincial Historic Park

Bekevar Church

I love this church – not many double spire churches in Saskatchewan! The Bekevar community was first settled by Janos Szabo and his family from Botragy, Hungary in 1900. Around 1902 he coined the word Bekevar. Beke, in Magyar, means “peace” and when “var” is used as a noun Bekevar means “Fortress of Peace”. Szabo suggested the verb “var” and interpreted Bekevar to mean “peace … Continue reading Bekevar Church

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