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

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 272014

Paddockwood Roll of Honour

Paddockwood is a village in Saskatchewan, Canada located 48.52 kilometers (30.15 miles) north of Prince Albert at Lat (DMS) 53° 31′ 00″ N Long (DMS) 105° 34′ 00″ W Dominion Land Survey Section 25, Township 52, Range 25, West of the 2nd meridian.

It is interesting to note that “the Paddockwood District was settled by many First World War Veterans taking up homesteads and developing the community, through the Soldier Settlement Board.”*

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 -Paddockwood was formed in 1926 replacing the Great War Veterans Association which served veterans and spouses. The Royal Canadian Legion Ladies’ Auxillary Branch Number 31 was formed in 1927.

F. Pitts, J. Mowbray, D. Daisley, G. Brown, and W. Beethem were lost in World War I. J.A. Beck, E. Backman, L. Craig, A. Chyney, H. Judd, E. Land, D. McConnechy, W. McIntyre, M. Rankin, M. Sorenson, J. Thompson, J. Weedon, and J. White gave the supreme sacrifice in World War II.

Cordwood and Courage 1911-1982 Paddockwood, Beaton, Chesley, Chiefswood, Dorothy I-II, Elk Holme, Elkrange, Birchbark, Howard Creek, Melba, Moose Lake, Pine Valley, Surrey local history book written by the Paddockwood and District History Book Committee 1982 lists the names of those who served in both Great Wars, as well, as those who served post war, and in the Korean War.

John Dinius serving with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Third Battalion served in the Korean War. According to the Prince Albert Herald, Dinius noted “If you’re telling stories you’re making it look like there’s something good about it or exciting about it, but when you’re in it, it’s just a dirty rotten job — that’s all it is”

The Herald reported that 516 Canadians died overseas during the Korean War. Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial notes that 39 of these were from Saskatchewan.

The Royal Canadian Legion 31 from Paddockwood made a donation towards the establishment of the Juno Beach Centre in Normandy, France. 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944 and commemorative events are being held June 2014 in both Canada and France.

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”~John Diefenbaker

The Paddockwood Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 mentions that their motto is “To Serve Our Veterans and Our Country” as reported in the Command History Book along with the history of the Royal Canadian Legion Branches in Saskatchewan.

Author Julia Adamson


Paddockwood and District History Book Committee 1982. Cordwood and Courage 1911-1982 Paddockwood, Beaton, Chesley, Chiefswood, Dorothy I-II, Elk Holme, Elkrange, Birchbark, Howard Creek, Melba, Moose Lake, Pine Valley, Surrey ISBN 0-88925-407-9, Friesen Printers Altona, MB. 1982.

Clarke, Tyler. Korean Peace Treaty hits 60 years -Image:Paddockwood area veteran John Dinius is seen during the Korean War with two Korean Augmentation Troops Commonwealth Division solders. April 05, 2013

* 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! Page 55 (pdf)

Presentation and hanging of the post World War Two Honor Roll. Paddockwood Legion Branch #31
from Royal Canadian Legion album
Together We

Juno Beach Centre Contributing Legions. 2014.

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.

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

May 132014

Parkside District Roll of Honour

The Roll of Honour dedicated to those who served Empire and Country was compiled by the Parkside and District History Book Committee in the local history book, Reflections of the Past; History of Parkside and the Districts of Bygland, Cameo, Hilldrop, Honeywood, Ordale and Spruce Glen.

John Montgomery Speechly and Mathew Mair served in the Boer War (1899-1902).

For World War One (1914-1918), residents of the community came together to form two light horse troops, one training in Shellbrook and one in Parkside. The Parkside and District History Book Committee noted the names of all those who volunteered to enlist in the book. Those who gave the supreme sacrifice were George Wilbur Dobson, Elvin Larson, and Amos Sparks.

In World War Two (1939-1945), Kenneth Black, Stanley Buckingham, Samuel E (Ted) Clarke, George Elefson, David Osbourne (Dave) Olsvik, Leon Joseph Roberts, Edmund Schutte, Jake Jacobs Van De Veen were killed in action.

It is also noted that Clarke Lake was officially named in honour of F/Sgt Samuel E. Clarke near Lac La Ronge, and Roberts Lake was named in memory of F/O Leon J. Roberts, R.C.A.F.

The history book committee also mentioned those residents who served after the two great wars in military service. “Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.” ~ Thomas Merton


Reflections of the Past. History of Parkside and the Districts of Bygland, Cameo, Hilldrop, Honeywood, Ordale and Spruce Glen. page 260. Compiled and published by Parkside and District History Book Committee. c1991.

Nov 042013
Briercrest Roll of Honour

Briercrest Roll of Honour

Briercrest Roll of Honour

Briercrest Roll of Honour

Briercrest Roll of HonourRoll of Honour
of the Members of Briercrest
and Community
Who Volunteered for Active Service
With Canada’s Fighting Forces.

These Gave their lives Their Name Liveth

J.W. Cockburn H. M. Horton

~ These also served ~

Anderson K.K.
Healey L.J. McKee L.M.

Anderson W.R.
Healey H.M. McKee ?

Armstrong G.R.
Healey M.G. Minielly A.

Barden L.C.
Hikox R. A. Moffat M.C.

Boan D.R.
Hillson A.L. Olson E.R.

Boan J.A.
Hillson E.R. Sanderson D.D.

Boothman H.V.
Hillson G.C. Schweitzberg C.G.

Boothman J.C.
Hillson L.E. Snell W.D.

Bowler J.M.
Hillson W.S. Snell W.

Calder A.G.
Horton H.E. Tysdal E.E.

Cockburn A.E.
Horton R.G. Varlet V.A.

Cockburn B.K.
Jaques B.D. Walker D.A.

Cockburn D.R.
Jaques H.B. Walker J.C.

Cole C.E.
Jaques J.N. Walker R.E.

Conlon D.R.
Johnson C.H. Weir B.I.

Coward H.E.
Lewis C.F. Weir D.H.

Dixon M.T.
Lewis J.L. Weir E.M.

Duff A.J.
McGhee C.R. Weir J.A.

Findlay D.A.
McGonigal J.M. Westrum L.F.

Findlay D.S.
McGonigal R.D. Whyte J.G.

Findlay N.A.
McKaskill A.M. Windrem O.C.

Hanson L.O.
McKee B.N. Wyatt M.G.

Healey L.F.
McKee T.C. Wyatt R.L.

Briercrest is a small village in Redburn rural municipality No. 130 near Moose Jaw and Regina.