Sep 072015
 

The Rural Municipality of Stanley 215 began as Local Improvement District No. 11-C-2 before becoming L.I.D. No. 215. The Rm office is situated on Third Avenue West in Melville, Saskatchewan. Birmingham, Colmer, Duff, Fenwood, Goodeve, Hirzel, Kelsonia, Pearl Park, Pheasant Forks, Plain View, Robert and Rosemount post offices were within the RM boundaries. The hamlets and villages established within the area were Birmingham, Colmer, Duff, Fenwood, Goodeve, and Westview.

The R.M. of Stanley No. 215 History Book Committee compiled a listing with photographs of those veterans who served in World War I and World War II. They are asking to be contacted if any names were missed inadvertently.

In World War II, Fred and Jack DOCKERILL were killed in action along with Adam GRYGAR, William KOSTYSHYN, Henry LUTZKO, Irvin MILLER. They also list William DANIELS, John FLAT, Gustuf POLISHAK as members of the armed forces who gave the supreme sacrifice, but photos of these were unavailable. They have the veterans listed also for World War I, but without any killed in action.

The Goodeve memorial rink erected a plaque – In memory of the men of this district who gave their lives in the great war 1939-1945. Wm DANIELS, Wm KOSTYSHEN, A GRYGAR, H. Lutzko, A. POLISHAK. Over the years 1949-1952 funds were raised, and the memorial rink constructed.

Bibliography

Treasured Memories Unfold. Rural Municipality of Stanley 215. R.M. of Stanley No. 215 History Book Committee. Box 29. Fenwood, SK. S0A 0Y0. Friesen Printers. Altona, MB. ISBN 0-88925-989-5. 1992,

Aug 272015
 

Netherhill – a village at north west quarter of section 11 township 29 range 21 west of the third meridian -offered more men to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) than any other town of its size. Col D.J. MacDonald, George Gear, Wm. J. Bourne, Ira Creed, Harry Ryan, Art Reed, Wm. Schell, John Lloyd, R. Deakins, Alton Leach, C. Sedore, Wm. Young, John King, Andy King, Les Loney, Wm. Scholey, John McRae, R. Menzies, John Dunlop, D.S. Cobb, R.P. Kay, Wm. Huser, Walter Siebert, James Anderson and Wm. Owen. The local branch of the The Great War Veterans’ Association (G.W.V.A.) began operating from the Eagle Lake School house.

Thos. Haddock, C. Togeson, Sgt. Ntzell, Geo. Robinson, Norman Fry-the first soldier casualty of the Canadian army-, George Pennell, Geo. Wellbelove, and Len Dixon did not return from the front, paying the supreme sacrifice.(p. 391-393) George Craig also remembers that Ed Shea, George Herman, Tom Simpson, Arthur Currie lost their lives in the Second World War.(p. 398)

Norman Fry, an army bugler was one of the first Canadian Soldiers to fall in World War I. Fry was a bugler in the English army before he came to Canada. While working for D.J. McDonald, Norman could be heard playing “Reveille” – first call- and “Lights Out”. Corporal Norman Fry of the Princess Pats was killed nearly immediately when the Canadian troops met the Germans. (p. 383 and 398)

Bill Netzel and Leonard Dixon also gave the supreme sacrifice. Others remembered were Bill Bourne, Bill Netzel, Les Loney, Jack King and the McDonald brothers. Toyeson also served with D.J. McDonald with the Strathcona Ligtht Horse. Toyeson was “literally blown to pieces” and nothing was found of him. (p. 383)

William (Bill) John Bourne, settling near Netherhill enlisted in the Winnipeg Rifles – the Little Black Devils. Bourne served as a sniper, and was often accompanied with the company of Tom Longboat. Bourne was injured in the Battle of Hill 70, and was rescued by German prisoners. Returning home on the “Aquitania” a ship converted to a hospital ship, he made it to New York safely despite the ship being torpedoed. (p. 417-419)

The biography of James (Jim) Rogers written up by Mr. and Mrs. B Gunnlaugson and Mrs. C. Ham. for Division 4 from the book; Memoirs of Hillsburgh. Jim had homesteaded on he north east quarter of section 2 township 30 range 19 west of the third meridian near his Uncle Joe. He was taken by snipers in the first world war. (p.145)William and Chester Kurtz,

James Calder from Aberdeenshire, Scotland settled near Brock. He had enlisted in World War I with the N.C.M.R. (Ninth Canadian Mounted Rifles) and the Royal Canadian Dragoons. He recounted an experience aboard ship enroute from Canada when a hurricane arose. The ship went some 500 miles off course due to the rudder of the ship being taken by the storm. (p.199)

Daniel G. Thomas left England to set up homesteading near Brock before enlisting in the first World War serving with the 53rd Battalion in France. After he was wounded he was sent to England to Work in the Orthopedic Hospital as a shoemaker, his first profession in England.

James (Jim) Anderson from Thomesville, ONtario enlisted with the First Canadian Engineers. On his discharge he bought land through the soldier’s settlement board.(p. 319)

D.J. MacDonald served with the Saskatchewan Light Horse Regiment as an officer. In 1914 he left overseas as a lieutenant and the youngest colonel in the Canadian army at the age of 28. He was wounded twice, and later commanded military outfits in Canada. During World War II he was Inspector General for Central Canada until his retirement as Major General. He was awarded the D.S.O. with two bars, the Military Cross, Order of the British Empire, and Order of Orange Nassau. MacDonald’s brother Roddie served as trooper with the Lord Strathcona Horse.(p.364)

Charles (Chas.) S. Smith who settled near Brock signed up for the Great War. To help with the 1916 “bumper crop” several “soldier boys” were granted harvest leave to return home to help out. Charlie Marcroft, Jimmy Campbell, Art Cann, Bob Arnold, Jimmy Thompson, Percy Parks and others were among whose who came home on temporary leave. Smith worked with the Soldier’s Settlement Board after his tour of duty and took up a soldier’s settlement claim near Naicam in 1922. (p. 249)

In the Rural Municipality of Hillsburgh a number of settlers filed homesteads with South African scrip, such as Dexter (Dic) R. Heberlee, and Jamws Millan Cameron to name a few.

Memoirs of Hillsburgh Rural Municipality No. 289 local history book remembers those who fell during the two Great Wars:

World War I:

  • DIXON, Leonard
  • FLEMING, Norman
  • FRY, Norman
  • HADDOCK, Thos.
  • HALDERSON, Kenneth
  • HALL, Fred
  • INGELS, James
  • MARCROFT, Chas.
  • NETZELL, Wm. T.
  • PARKS, Ernest
  • PARKS, Bruce
  • PEACOCK, J.
  • PENNELL, Geo. M
  • RIGHTON, W.
  • ROBINSON, Geo
  • ROGERS, James
  • THOMAS, Percy
  • TORGESON, G.E.
  • WALKER, Percy
  • WEATHERSPOON, David
  • WELLBELOVE, Geo.
  • YATES, Reginald

World War II:

  • BOVAIR, D.
  • CAMPBELL, Donald J
  • COCHRAN, John
  • CURRIE, Arthur
  • FOREMAN, Robert L
  • HERMAN, Geo.
  • MORE, Phyllis E
  • ROGERS, V
  • SHEA, Edward
  • SIMPSON, Thos.
  • STONEHOUSE, L

Hillsburgh Rural Municipality 289 no longer exists, it officially disorganised December 31, 1965. Amalgation took place with the Kindersley Rural Municipality No. 290 in 1965, and the Rural Municipality of Elma No. 291 amalgamated in 1951.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Memoirs of Hillsburgh Rural Municipality No. 289 Hillsburgh History Committee. c1955.

Adamson, Julia. 1921 Canada Census: Place of Habitation :: Rural Municipalities Saskatchewan Gen Web E-Magazine.

Aug 052015
 

The town of Sintaluta is located about 85 km east of Regina on the Trans-Canada Highway.

The Veterans of both World War I and World War II came together to unveil the Sintaluta War Memorial Cross in August 1948, on Decoration Day. This area is served by the Canadian Legion British Empire Service League (B.E.S.L.) Sintaluta Branch and the Royal Canadian Legion #18 Sintaluta Branch.

Some of the names who have fallen from this area were:

SURNAME Given
Bently Clarence WWI
Bishop Fredrick
Blakley Roy WWI
Boden J.S. WWI
Bogie Charles WWI
Davies Owen WWII
Deane E.B. WWI
Dolter Leo WWI
Forsyth Charlie WWI
Goldsmith Harry WWI
Gotwaltz Captain E.C. WWI
Grey Malcolm WWI
Harper Harry WWI
Hill Laird Robert WWII
Hiscock L.E. WWI
Hodgins David WWI
Jack Alex WWII
Jackson Arthur WWII
Joslyn Harold WWI
Joslyn Robert WWI
Kellow Claud
Luther Norman WWII
McGalasson Joseph WWI
Meers E.S. WWI
Partridge Charlie WWI
Partridge Harold WWI
Reeve Russell WWI
Snelgrove Robert WWI
Wilbur Garfield WWI
Wilson William WWI
Woodhouse Jack (John) WWI

The local history book, Tales of the Red Fox. also lists the veterans who served, and further historical information and photographs for their roll of honour.

Bibliography:

Tales of the Red Fox. Assiniboine Reserve, Town of Sintaluta, Districts Allindale, Durham, Blackwood, Red Fox, And Spring Coulee Sintaluta and District History Book Committee. Box 1984 Sintaluta, SK, S0G 4N0. ISBN 0-88925-498-2. 1985. Friesen Printers, Altona, Mb. pages. 157-174


The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command Sintaluta Branch of the Canadian Legion (pdf) Page 45 Date accessed August 5, 2015.



Memorials Details Search Results Sintaluta two brass plaques CMP Home > DHH Home > Military Memorials NICMM > Memorials Details Search Results National Defence and The Canadian Forces. 2008-04-16. Date accessed August 5, 2015.


Sintaluta, Saskatchewan Wikipedia. 27 July 2015, Date accessed August 5, 2015.


Sintaluta The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center. University of Regina. 2006. Date accessed August 5, 2015.

May 292014
 

Delisle Region | Roll of Honour

In the book, Through the years… Delisle Donavon Gledhow and O’Malley Laura Swanson , there is a picture of the cenotaph erected by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 184, and a listing of those who served in World War I and II.

E.A. Blacklay, Sam Kellon, S. Kjelland, and J.W. Ralph gave up their lives in the first Great War.

Wm. Earl, Elwood Glauser, Walter Gramson, Arthur Green, Wilf Hathway, M.A. Martin, Eddie Nugent, and Omar Olson paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the second world war.

Delisle Royal Canadian Legion Branch 184 was founded in June of 1933. This branch “arranged for a veteran’s plot in the local cemetery” and erected a cenotaph which reads “In honour of the illustrious dead of Delisle and District and in honour of our living heroes who have defended us in all our wars.”* The branch continues to support the community in many and varied capacities.

Bibliography:

 

Canadian Virtual War Memorial has a page on Walter John Gramson of the Royal Canadian Airforce husband of Veronica M. Gramson, and son of Lawrence Edward and Mary M. Gramson of Delisle. Veterans Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2014-05-15.

The Commonwealth War Graves The Delisle Municipal Cemetery is listed as having one Commonwealth war grave from World War One and one from the second world war. Traces of War.com STIWOT. 2014.

*Military Memorials NICMM National Defence and the Canadian Forces. Chief Military Personnel. Government of Canada. Depicts an image of the cenotaph in Delisle. 2008-04-16

*The Royal Canadian Legion Saskatchewan Command. Commemorative History Book. 1926-2006. A Collection of Memories, Activities, and Community Commitment from our Branches and Members throughout the Province! Royal Canadian Legion.

Shillington, Ned. The Descendants of Thomas Kerfoot mention that Earl Donald Shillinton from Delisle served in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. Calgary, AB. 2009.
Page 205.

Spencer, Dick. Singing the Blues: The Conservatives in Saskatchewan Mentions that Alvin Hamilton born in Kenora, ON, and resident of Delisle, SK on a farm with relatives, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as a flight lieutenant when World War i broke out. Edition illustrated Publisher University of Regina Press, 2007 ISBN 0889772061, 9780889772069

Through the years… Delisle Donavon Gledhow and O’Malley Laura Swanson Compiled and published by Delisle Women’s Institute. Book Committee. 1972.

 

 

May 272014
 

Vanscoy is a village located at Lat (DMS) 52° 00′ 00″ N Long (DMS) 106° 59′ 00″ W Dominion Land Survey Section 17, Township 35, Range 7, West of the 3rd meridian, 29 km southwest of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The book, They plowed the way and we followed written by the Vanscoy and District History Book Committee in 1980, lists those who served in the Great Wars from Vanscoy and area. Those who offered the ultimate sacrifice were, Harry Boyle, Air Force; Howard Peterson, Air Force; David Baptist, Sr. Army; Edward Rowe, Army; and Roy Nystedt, Army.

Roy Stanley Nystedt, was a private who lost his life at the age of 22 near Imjin River, South Korea. He was the son of Ragnar Oscar Nystedt and Elizabeth Grace Rayburn of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan.

“Our hopes are high. Our faith in the people is great. Our courage is strong. And our dreams for this beautiful country will never die.”~Pierre Trudeau

Author Julia Adamson

Bibliography
Canadian Virtual War Memorial CVMM Veterans Affairs Canada. Government of Canada. 2014-05-15 Date accessed May 27, 2014.

Vanscoy and District History Book Committee. They plowed the way and we followed. ISBN 0-88925-157-6. 1980. Friesen Printers. Altona, MB.

May 132014
 

The Park Valley History Committee came together to write the book Wilderness to Neighbourhoods, Lake Four, Park Valley, Rabbit Bluff, Stump Lake, and Millard Hill published in 1992. Within the book they pay tribute to those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two great wars, the Korean War and the Boer War from the area of Saskatchewan.

Park Valley is 22.5 kilometers (fourteen miles) northeast of Debden. Traveling along provincial highway the village of Debden is located 94.18 kilometres (55 58.52 miles) from Prince Albert approximately an hour away and traveling along Saskatchewan provincial highway 12 Debden is 193.06 kilometres (119.96 miles) from Saskatoon about a two and a half hour drive. Debden is northwest of Prince Albert and north of Saskatoon.

Within the Wilderness to Neighbourhoods local history book are photos of those recorded in the roll of honour, as well as a newspaper article of those who returned home aboard the Queen Elizabeth troopship in November of 1945.

World War I 1914-1918
Haldorson Hans
Herdman Gordon
Martin Louis, Sr
Millard Fay
Millard Emmet
Newman Charlie
Rutley David
Schuler Fred
Skilliter John
World War II 1939 to 1945
Adair W. Roscoe
Bergstrom Fred
Bickert Diedrick
Bloom Allen
Brunet Leonard
Bueckart Benjamin
Campbell Frank
Campbell George
Carey Edward R
Danielson Erhard
Erickson Andrew
Erickson Leonard
Erickson Viggo
Erickson Walter
Ethier Andrew
Frost Charles
Haldorson Hans
Head Eugene
Head Gerald
Heimbechner Jacob, Jr
Herdman Gordon
Huard Clifford
Lemire Gilbert
Lillyengreen Robert
Martin Joseph
Mayo Robert
McGinnis Archibald Warren
McGinnis Phillip
Meyers Joe
Miller Fred
Olson Bertle
Olson Clarence
Olson Olaf B
Olson Ollie
Premischook William
Rask Fred
Rusk David
Rusk Joseph
Schapansky Anne
Schapansky Kaye
Schuler Fred
Short J.B.
Sinclair Hubert
Skilliter Albert Gerald
Skilliter Robert William
Smith Ernest C
Sten Edwin
Stevens Lawrence
Sundberg Ernest
Sundberg Melvin
Vaadeland Arne
Wilson Chester
Ytterberg Thord
Ziegler Alfred
Ziegler George
Ziegler Oliver
Korean War 1950 – 1953
Heimbechner Arnol
McGinnis Stewart
Skilliter James Wilde
Peace Time
Arcand Bruno
Arcand Marcel
Bickert Betty
Duvall Barry
Jonasson Clifford
Keatling Wilbert
Meyers Tracy
Short Leola
Skilliter Floyd
Skilliter Dorothy
Skilliter Ron
Viberg Allan
Wasstrom Sune

There was only one casualty for the Boer War (1880–1881 and 1899–1902) from the area, W. Arthur Duvall. Anker Petersen servd with the Danish Navy, and Erick Peterson served with the United States of America Army.

Bibliography:
Park Valley History Committee. Wilderness to Neighbourhoods, Lake Four, Park Valley, Rabbit Bluff, Stump Lake, and Millard Hill. Friesen Printers. Manitoba. 1992. ISBN 1-55056-095-6