Glasnevin, Saskatchewan

Settlers from eastern Canada and the United States moved into the Glasnevin area around 1906. The name Glasnevin comes from a district in Dublin, Ireland. Tom Clark opened a post office on December 1st, 1913. He also owned the general store, blacksmith shop, and livery stable. The CPR rail line was laid in 1911 or 1912. The first elevator was brought in from Macoun and … Continue reading Glasnevin, Saskatchewan

Dummer, Saskatchewan Revisited

Dummer is one of my favourite ghost towns to visit. It is a true ghost town; deserted with several buildings to explore and photograph. My first trip to the hamlet was in August of 2010. I toured Dummer again in the summer of 2018. Obviously the structures were deteriorating due to age, weather, and neglect. However, I was sad to see buildings vandalized, expediting their … Continue reading Dummer, Saskatchewan Revisited

Aylesbury, Saskatchewan

Aylesbury was named after Aylesbury Vale in England. H. H. Johnson established a post office in the region on October 1st, 1905. The first elevator was built in 1906 by the Hall Milling Company based out of Lumsden. It changed hands a few times, eventually becoming the property of Parrish and Heimbecker in 1928. It was the first of six elevators in the village. A … Continue reading Aylesbury, Saskatchewan

Neelby, Saskatchewan

A post office opened on a farm in the Neelby vicinity in 1904. Later, John Miller took over and moved the post into his store located in the townsite. The Neelby School was built by W.R. Webb of Broadview and opened on November 15th, 1905. The CPR laid track through the area in 1906 and 1907. This branch ran from Reston, Manitoba to Wolseley, Saskatchewan … Continue reading Neelby, Saskatchewan

10 Year Anniversary!

It is hard to believe that I began my blog this week ten years ago! I started my site on Blogspot for nearly two years before switching to my current WordPress blog. To commemorate this occasion I am listing my top twelve personal favourite posts from the past decade! I was hoping to narrow it down to ten, but with no luck. My favorite posts … Continue reading 10 Year Anniversary!

Kenlis, Saskatchewan

The Kenlis area was first settled in 1882. A post office was established by Mr. Ferguson around 1885. There are two stories how Kenlis received its name. The first suggests that the postmaster choose the name “Kenlis”. The other states there was a civil servant in the area whose last name was Kenlis. A map of Kenlis prior to 1905. The remaining church is on … Continue reading Kenlis, Saskatchewan

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

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