Souris River Valley
Location of Items of Interest below
note 1- above the letter L, and east of the road adjacent to the river, was land owned by the Prairie Nurseries, which was bought from George Pawson. The B&B house will sit on a portion of this land.
Bastian farm (N), on Sec 10, Tp 2, Rge. 8, was owned by the Bastian family before Bill and
Dorothy Hinzman bought it probably from Wilfrid Bastian in early 1960's.
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Souris Valley Near Estevan
old B/W photos
Charles (Charlie) Thomas Vaughan Farm (J)
South of the Souris River.
Charles Thomas Vaughan
b- July 1878, in Ontario,
d- May 8, 1946
buried in Estevan City Cemetery.
His wife was Ethel Bruce? Van Styck.
she is buried in
Souris Valley Memorial Gardens.
They had a daughter,
Hazel Girtus Nash (nee Vaughan),
born Nov 16, 1906, d- Nov 10, 1994
The Vaughn's moved from Stoughton
to Estevan in 1909.
This farm passed from the Vaughn family,
to James (Jim) Lamb.
Today his son, Nathan Lamb and his family
Live here, and farm this area.
This was the location of the log house (J)
built by the Co-founder of Estevan,
Mr John McLeod, for his family.
The Little wooden bridge
that crosses the Souris
to get to this area,
and the Mets ball diamond there,
is called Vaughan's Crossing
Continue on past the old pool,
the New Souris Valley Theatre,
Cossette Ball Park, and soccer fields.
This is the area
where most of my Mom's family,
the Gesell's, learned to swim
They lived on the Prairie Nursery farm
1 mile south of the bridge, on the left.
My grandfather Gus Gesell
was the manager of the farm.
Charlie T. Vaughan, and a Mr. Nesbitt.
opened the first Garage in Estevan,
The Estevan Garage,
A Mr. Robinson took over from Mr. Nesbitt.
It then was known as
Vaughan and Robinson Garage,
NE corner 5th st and 13th ave.
Became Grundeen Motors, Dyer ford,
and many more.
Now the location of the Post Office.
Norah Mather and Rose Gesell
At the Torgeson summer residence,
called Riverdene, (M in map above)
Aug 4, 1929
Norah became a WWII veteran.
Rank of Sergeant
in the Canadian Women's Army Corps,
and she served overseas.
She was Estevan's Town Clerk,
from 1928 to 1970,
and now has a Park Bench,
placed in her honour,
in front of the Estevan City Hall.
The Mather family were involved
with the operation of Prairie Nurseries.
Her brother Frank was Sales Manager,
and eventually Secretary of the Company.
Rose Gesell, was the daughter
of Gus Gesell,
manager of the Prairie Nursery farm
south of Vaughn's Crossing.
Souris River looking east
from Yardley's Coal Mine
I thought this was an Old Estevan Pump House,
but turns out it is the back side of the
Watrous Pump House,
on East End Little Manitou Lake.
Now I know the rest of the story,
thanks to Mr. Frank Korvemaker.
for more info see this book:
Legacy of Stone: Saskatchewan’s Stone Buildings,
by Margaret Hryniuk, Frank Korvemaker & Larry Easton,
The picture above doesn't show how big
the building was, or how beautiful it is.
The old stone Masons did wonderful work.
Buffalo trail just north of a bridge
taken by my Aunt Rose Gesell
This could have been around the area,
of the old Power station south of Estevan.
Gesell family on the CPR Dam (O)
with the Billy Bevan farm
in the distance
photo by Rose Gesell
Billy Bevan was the First
This was located south of
the old swimming pool,
or south of Souris Valley Theatre today.
and Larry Preddy tells me
it still stands today 2009.
Look in Google Earth
and it is visible from space.
daughter Lillie (Lily)
1901 census in Turtle Mountain MB area.
census shows the family
Larry Preddy reminded me
I know it had railings or supports,
River Park Pavilion was built in 1918,
In 1935, the Northern Crown Bank building
researcher of the BCMT&T
Co, Mr. Craig Williams,
In the 1930 and 40's many big name
My Aunt Dolly tells me,
look at my Prairie Nursery page,
The old Highway 47 bridge
Of course now the new highway
Bridge to River Park Tourist Camp
left off of Old Highway 18,
south of Estevan
(see 1927 map above)
The old highway 18,
used to wander along the river
not where it is located today.
From Mrs Jean Dornian,
this explanation below, which clears up
this confusing 2 bridge situation
in this area.
went to visit John's parents
reverse of this bridge postcard above
Old Highway 18 Bridge,
(see 1927 map above)
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