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Breeze  Saskatchewan

located at SW Section 36 -Township 4 - Range 6 - W2 Meridian
Latitude - 49 20' 00" N   Longitude- 102 41' 02" W

in RM of Browning #34

Unincorporated area, On the CNR Rail Line
SE of Lampman, and NW of Steelman
Originally on the GTPR, see below

5 miles/8 km from Lampman
4 miles/7 km from Steelman
4 miles/7 km from Luxton
2 miles/ 3 km from Domex
6 miles/ 10 km from Kingsford

Named after the Herbert (Herb) Wesley Breeze family,
who homesteaded on the NE quarter of the same section.
Family Genealogy below

The following tree is from a quick study only,
and should not be construed as 100% accurate.
Please use this as a start, then do your own research.

 The Breeze Family Genealogy

Herbert (Herb) Wesley Breeze
- Welsh nationality,
born April 17, 1873 in Forest Mills, Ontario
d- July 15, 1958 in Estevan SK
Alma Jane Breeze, nee Snider, his wife of German nationality,
 b- Nov 29, 1875 in Verona, Ontario
d- Sept 26, 1961 in Estevan SK

Herbert, age 22, married Alma, age 20, at Oak Flats,
 Frontenac County, Ontario, on Apr 15, 1896.
Herbert was a cheese maker at First Mills, Verona, Ontario
son of John and Hannah, nee Asselstine, Breeze
Alma was the daughter of Sylas (Silas) and Emily Snider
Witnesses- Eva M. Breeze and Talbert Snider

They had 4 children-
2 oldest born in Verona, Frontenac County, Ontario
Verona is located on Highway 38,
halfway between Kingston (Highway 401) and Sharbot Lake (Highway 7):

Erwell Ozmun Breeze- son,
b- Mar 25, 1897 in Verona, Ontario,
d- Sept 21, 1969 in Estevan, SK, age 72
He married Mildred Reagh in 1925
Mildred died in 1947, Erwell remarried Maude Gibson

Alma Mildred Breeze- daughter,
(History books say Mildred Alma Breeze)
b- Oct 22, 1899 in Verona, Ontario,
d- April 9, 1973 in Estevan SK, age 73
Mildred married Hiram Caniff Clute in 1923

then their 2 children born in Saskatchewan:

Kenneth Vincent Breeze- son,
b- Apr 26, 1905 in Roseview, SK,
d- Feb 17, 1918 in Estevan, SK

Ruth Eleah Breeze- daughter,
b- Jan 1911 in SK.,
d- May 1, 1987 in Estevan SK
(her husband Peter Clifford (Cliff) Holmgren)

All of the children, except Ruth,
 are buried in Estevan City Cemetery, Estevan SK
Ruth is buried in Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, in Estevan SK

Herbert's son Erwell was in WWI,
Military Service Act Letter and Number LC464284
Regimental #269685
Enlisted May 30, 1918 in Regina SK
He was single, living near Roseview SK
shown as a farmer.

Roseview was a District in the area, here is my web page for it.

In 1881, Herbert (Herb) was 8, in school,
in Richmond, Lennox, Ontario (Census place)
Living with his Dad, John, his Mom, Hannah,
and sister Eva Mary Maude Breeze, age 10, also in school.
1n 1891 Herbert Breeze was single,
living in Portland township, Addington District, Ontario
shown as a Methodist.
Jan 10, 1898, Herbert (Herb) and Alma both living in Verona, Ontario
In 1901 they were living in Hinchinbrooke, Addington District, of Ontario
and Herbert Breeze was a Farmer and Cheese Maker

In 1902 the family moved to the west,
settling in the Lampman SK district.
In 1905 they were living near Roseview SK
In 1906 they were living in Estevan SK
In 1911 they were living in the Breeze area.
In 1925 they moved back to Estevan, where they later died.

Eva, Herbert's sister, married Franklin (Frank) Bradly,
age 30, when he married,
a widower, Minister, son of Mastland Bradly & Regina Nobles.
Eva was 27, when they married on Dec 28, 1897 at Verona, ON

Herbert was Deputy Sherriff for 8 years, after 1925, in Estevan.
After he retired he operated a dairy farm in Estevan SK.

Herb's father, John Breeze, b- ca 1840 in North Wales,
son of William and Mary, (nee Doyle) Breeze, (Herb's Grand Parents)
was 27, living in Ernestown Ontario,
when he married Hannah Maria Asselstine, b- May 13, 1844
in Odessa, Ernestown Township, Lennox & Addington County, Canada West (ON),
daughter of John Davis and Martha (nee Chatterson) Asselstine,
on Nov 18, 1867, in Lennox & Addington County, ON
Witness to the wedding was Davis Asselstine of Ernestown,
in Lennox and Addington County, Ontario
(alt spelling Asseltine without the s)

His father John Breeze, was a Woollen Manufacturer in 1881
in Richmond township, Lennox County, Ontario area.
shown as Episcopal Methodist, age 40

John Breeze is mentioned in this book
United Empire Loyalist Links, Vol 2,
Lennox & Addington Co., Ont., By Russ Waller

In this same area, age 34, was William Breeze
an older brother to John, and an Uncle to Herbert.
Ontario death index shows his father John
born in 1840 in Newtown, (Drenewydd in Welsh) Wales,
died June 20, 1882,
in Richmond township, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, age 42
He is buried in Forest Mills, Ontario, Canada.

William born Aug 3,1836 in Newtown Montgomeryshire, (Now Pwys County) Wales as well,
died Mar 3, 1902, in Richmond township.
He married Christiana Hartman. She died.
He remarried Dec 14, 1887 to a widow, Margaret Martin, nee Armstrong.
born in Richmond, daughter of Henry & Letitia Armstrong.
William was also a Woolen Manufacturer.
William is buried in Union Lutheran Cemetery near Ernestown, Ontario,
William and Christiana had 8 children.

Youngest son of John and Hannah was David Breeze
also an Uncle to Herbert,
was born Aug 28, 1945 in Newtown, Montgomeryshire, (Now Pwys County) Wales,
and died Aug 3, 1904, in Peterborough, age 60.
he was buried in Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough, Ontario
David married Margaret Lilly Condon, born in Otonabee, Ontario,
daughter of William Condon, on May 29, 1867, in Peterborough.
He left Belleville to Peterborough in 1861,
and he became a tinsmith.
1901 he was living in Peterborough town, shown as Breze,
listed as a Plummer, and his wife as Boarding House.

Hannah Breeze, nee Asselstine, at age 42,
remarried after John died, to Samuel Walker
Oct 25, 1886 at Ernestown
She was living in the hamlet of Forest Mills, Ontario, at the time.

Herbert's grandfather, William Breeze,
lived and died, in Newtown, Montgomeryshire, (Now Pwys County) Wales.
After he died, his widow Mary, nee Doyle, emigrated to Canada
with her 3 children, and settled in Belleville ON the same year.

Breeze History was collected in 1981
by the Lampman and District History Book Committee
"Poets Corner" 1982
I don't have a copy of this book to verify this

Breeze is a Ghost town, for decades now

My dad's 1927 map doesn't even show a school in the area.
If it wasn't for my grandfather operating the elevator,
I haven't found a record for it either.

Reason for doing this web page
 is preserving Small Town Saskatchewan
 for all in the world to see,
 And also preserving my family history
 for generations after me.

My Grandfather Gustav August (Gus) Gesell
was a grain buyer in Breeze
which tells me there was an Elevator here.

Gus and Mae (nee Wendel) Gesell on their 30th Wedding anniv.
My Grandfather and Grandmother
Gustav August Gesell and Amelia Mae Wendel
Oct 1, 1879-May 27,1958  /  Nov 19,1879-Aug 5, 1968
Gus was the son of Michael Gesell
and Caroline Schepko from Lemberg/Neudorf
Mae was the daughter of Johann Ludwig Wendel
 and Barbara Unterschutz from Neudorf

One of their daughters was born in Breeze SK.


Grand Trunk Railway
 Brief History

Originally this area was located on
the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad (GTPR),
 incorporated Oct  24, 1903,
a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway, (GTR)
referred to as the "GTPR Regina Boundary Branch Line"
GTPR station at Elev 1841 ft
Railroad built by
Grand Trunk Pacific Branch Lines Company (GTPRBL)
which completed the connection,
 to Prince Rupert BC from Chicago.
This Railroad connected at Northgate* SK.,
with a new branch line from Niobe, ND.,
built by the Great Northern Railroad.
(*note some old newspaper articles called it Northport)

Feb 6, 1912
Seward T. St. John** Secretary and General Manager
of the Transcontinental Townsite Company Ltd.,
located at 268 Portage Ave.
and also shown as 604 Sterling Bank Bldg., Winnipeg MB.,
who was in charge of the GTP Development Department,
announced the building of 15 new towns,
on the Regina Boundary Line.
A contract had been awarded to a Minnesota firm,
to build General Stores in various towns along the line.
They wanted to make sure the area the train went thru
would be well served and used by the settlers.
At this time Elcott was still not a name chosen yet.
They had picked the following names:
Innes, Cedoux, Huntoon, Rainton, Beliot, Sander,
Minard, Breeze, Steelman and Deborah.
The Post Office required a name that was not the same
as any other town in Canada at the time.
Trains #7 and #8, left Regina at 1pm, Mon, Wed, and Fri.
arriving in Regina Tues. Thurs, and Sat. in 1914.
Times changed a little bit a few years later.
1923 this all became part of the CNR
By Mar 20, 1915
the Transcontinental Townsite Co. Ltd. was in receivership
and Mr. St. John was hauling the books into court.

**Seward Thaddeus St. John
b- Apr 20, 1865 in Eldora, Hardin Co., Iowa
d- ?
shown as a homesteader at Wilcox SK, 1901
also shown as Real Estate Agent there when he was
a shareholder in the Canadian Central Railway Company.
1900 living in Omaha City, Douglas Co., Nebraska, single
father- James McKie St. John, b- ca 1831 in NY
mother- Diantha Ellsworth, b- ca 1838, in PA
He married Stella Wilson, June 29, 1900
she was born in Roseland, Adams Co., Nebraska

Mar 17, 1913,
An article stated 600 men will
be working on this line that summer.
Branch expected to be in operation end of 1913.
Steel was already laid for 106.9 miles to Hill Hall.
grading was done as far as Frobisher, 136 miles from Regina.
and 90% of the grading was done to the border from there.

Saturday Sept 6, 1913
Government Railway Inspector,
approved the line for use.
Vice President and General Manager of the GTPR,
Edson Joseph Chamberlin***, was expected
the next Thursday or Friday to officially inspect the line.

***Edson Joseph Chamberlin
 b- Aug 25, 1852 Lancaster, New Hampshire, USA
d- Aug 27, 1924 in Pasadena CA
May 24, 1912 he became President of the Company
 after Charles M. Hays died on the Titanic in 1912.
Sept 1917 he resigned, and remained as Director.
Howard G. Kelley moved up from Vice- to President.

Dec 4, 1913
A Grand Trunk Special train of Regina Business men
with train executives, were the first to travel on this line.

ca 1914
Mr. G. U. Ryley**** was Land Commissioner for the GTPR
they named a village in Alberta after him.
He was in Winnipeg at this time
but I believe he was from Ottawa
, married
This was the guy that named all the towns/stations

****George Urquhart Ryley
b- June 16, 1852 (1854?) in ON
d- Apr 16, 1927 in Carleton, ON, age 73
1881- Surveyor, living in Collingwood, Simcoe N, ON
married Eleanor Wallace McQuilkain, (McQuilken?)
Apr 14, 1881 in Toronto, York, ON
b- 1858
d- ?
daughter of Samuel and Kate McQuilkain

father- John Proud Ryley
 b- July 1, 1825, in Birmingham England
mother- Jane Elizabeth Ryley, nee Urquhart
 b- ca 1836 in ON, age 45, in 1881

3 younger siblings of George:
John Edmond Ryley- b- ca 1857 in ON, shipping agent
Alfred Golde Ryley- b- ca 1859 in ON, accountant
May Dickenson Ryley- b- ca 1871 in ON

2 children born in Ottawa

George had land grants on Sec 28 and 30, Tsp 71, Rge 3, Meridian 6

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