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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960

Social history is the focus of this sampling of some 90 images, all from the Saskatoon Public Library’s Local History Room collection. The photographs reflect the changing spirit of the times throughout the decades covered. Some are familiar images published in many sources; others are newly re-discovered treasures especially printed from our negative collection for this exhibition. A high proportion of the latter are from the Leonard Hillyard collection housed in the Local History Room. Attempts have been made to identify and date the photos as accurately as possible, but public input concerning identification and vintage is most welcome.

Original Gallery Show (1987) curated by: R. Millar

With the assistance of: J. Colvine, P. Lozowchuk and A. McPherson


Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

From a handful of settlers in 1883, Temperance Colony headquarters at Saskatoon grew until, in 1906, it became a city. These years saw the construction of railways, large scale immigration, and the establishment of schools, churches, hospitals and other community amenities. By 1908 capital and manpower were locally available and a spectacular building boom was underway in Saskatoon.



1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Ready for an emergency, our city’s first fire captain Fred King stands beside a state-of-the-art fire engine. Did ox-power get them to the fire on time?

Date: 1911.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Dubbed “the greatest marine disaster in the history of Saskatoon”, the steamboat “City of Medicine Hat” was caught in a strong current and slammed against a pier of the Traffic Bridge. The passengers had already disembarked and the crew managed to scramble to safety, so no one was injured. Unfortunately, owner Captain Ross had neglected to invest in insurance and ended up losing over $30,000!

Date: June 7, 1908.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Constructed entirely of wood, save the rawhide used to bind the wheels, Red River carts were the preferred mode of transportation in the early years of the 20th century.

Date: 1872.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Saskatoon’s first newspaper, the Sentinel, was a handwritten paper published fortnightly. Only three issues were ever printed by editor J.W. Powers. After the Sentinel stopped printing, Saskatoon didn't have another newspaper until 1902 when the Phenix, predecessor to the Star-Phoenix, came into being.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Frank L. Blake's Temperance Colony survey, optimistically titled City of Saskatoon. Of course, the name Saskatoon was snatched by the community on the west side of the river. This map shows what would become the Village of Nutana before it joined with the Town of Saskatoon and Village of Riversdale in 1906 to create the City of Saskatoon.

Date: 1883.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Happy 1st Birthday Saskatchewan!

Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada, visited Saskatoon on August 29, 1906, to join in the birthday celebrations. On September 5, 1905 Saskatchewan became a province of Canada, and in a little less than a year we had indeed done as the banner in this image suggests: “We grow every day”.

Date: August 29, 1906.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

One way of luring female settlers to the prairie west!

Eight optimistic young men outside a tent dubbed “The Hornet’s Nest” pose with signs designed to lure female immigrants to Saskatoon. One wonders if their messages of “Wanted: a loveable housekeeper” and “Wanted: a girl, must be kind to dogs” were suitable encouragement to love.

Date: [ca. 1907]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

John Caswell and family in a surrey-with-a-fringe, leaving the Caswell farmstead, located near the present Idylwyld Avenue and 29th Street.

Date: [ca. 1903]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Four Barr Colonists standing in front of a typical Barr Colony trek tent. Arriving in Saskatoon in May 1903, the Colonists trekked on to Lloydminster under the leadership of Reverend G.E. Lloyd, depicted third from the left.

Date: May 1903.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Saskatoon's early municipal hall, bandstand, fire hall and tower at the northeast corner of 3rd Avenue and 21st Street, later the site of Eaton's, then the Army and Navy Department Store, and today the Public School Board.

Date: [ca. 1908]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Ceremony laying the cornerstone for the new Grace Church in front of the old Grace Methodist Church, built in 1893 at 10th Street East and Eastlake Avenue in Nutana. The church was named, in 1910, in honour of Grace Fletcher, Sunday School teacher, suffragette, temperance worker and early resident of Saskatoon. Later it was incorporated as an annex to the massive new structure that was erected in 1927, the current Grace-Westminster United Church.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

Early settlers had to settle for primitive housing! Inscribed “First Home in Saskatchewan,” this photo depicts the perseverance and ingenuity that early settlers had to possess.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Pre-1908/ Pre-Boom (1883 to 1908)

A crowd watches as the "temporary replacement bridge" is washed out with the spring thaw of 1905. The original bridge, the Qu’appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railroad Bridge (QLLS), was built in 1890, and rebuilt and repaired several times due to floods and ice jams. After this wash-out, the bridge was rebuilt with concrete piers.

Date: 1905.

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Boom Years (1909-1913)

A spirit of buoyancy and optimism marks Saskatoon’s transition from frontier town to burgeoning prairie city… a somewhat belated fulfillment of earlier claims made by Temperance Colonization Society literature to lure settlers here. Unpaved roads lined with board sidewalks and frame buildings suddenly become paved metropolitan streets lined with Beaux-Arts inspired architecture. Vehicles drawn by horses or oxen give way to shiny new automobiles and streetcars, the latter introduced in 1913.



1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

A well-dressed man and early automobile on one side of 21st Street, and the Montreal Bankrupt Stock Company on the other - signs of the boom... and bust to come.

Date: [ca. 1915]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

University Board of Governors, the Honourable Archibald P. McNab, James Clinkskill and William J. Bell, returned home to a crowd of 5000 at the Canadian Northern Railway Station on 1st Avenue. The three men had fought for and won the University of Saskatchewan for Saskatoon.

Date: April 8, 1909.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

In 1909, Georgina McGill, a student at McMaster University, came west to visit her brother Jud at his farm near Stranraer. She stayed to teach for several months at Wynona School, four miles northeast of Herschel. She taught 14 students in this sodded school house, built in 1907.

Date: 1909.

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

The first school west of the river was the Pioneer School, which opened at 19th Street and 3rd Avenue in January 1901. Pictured here are Teacher Lizzie Weir and her students.

Date: [ca. 1903]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

Jason Bradwall poses on the sidewalk of Central Avenue in Sutherland. Beginning as a railway town, Sutherland's first town council met on July 4, 1912. The town joined with Saskatoon in January of 1956.

Date: [between 1910 and 1916]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

A streetcar wends its way south on 2nd Avenue at 21st Street. Buildings include the Union Bank of Canada, the Western Hotel, Frank S. Dunn Tailoring, and Saskatoon Business College.

Date: [ca. 1913]

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1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883 - 1960 : Boom Years (1909-1913)

James Frederick Cairns and his wife Edith in an automobile in front of his store on 2nd Avenue. J.F. Cairns was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Saskatoon's early days.

Date: 1910.

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