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Frobisher started out as Frobyshire
A legal name change was required

My couple guesses of where the name came from:
Sir Martin Frobisher, (b- ca 1535 or 1539 ,d- 15 Nov 15, 1594)
was an English seaman who made three voyages
 to the New World to look for the Northwest Passage.
or maybe?
There were 3 Frobisher brothers who were famed fur traders
and explorers of the West.
Joseph Frobisher, b- 1740 in Halifax Yorkshire.
Benjamin Frobishire came to the North country in 1765
Joseph in 1768, and Tom in 1774
Joseph in 1774 reached the Saskatchewan River.
Established a small post on the Churchill River,
and returned to Montreal with many furs.
He and his brothers, with Simon McTavish,
were founders of the North West Company.
Joseph was a charter member of the Beaver Club in Montreal.
Joseph died Sept 12, 1810
Joseph was involved in the Frobisher-McGill firm
One article I read claimed
"The Frobisher name
should be among the first on the roll,
of the famous men of the west."
Looks pretty good to me! 
Donald A. Smith of the CPR was an old fur Trader
the last commissioner of the HBC.
He would have known the Frobisher name, I am sure.


1927 map showing Frobisher East of Hirsch

Sept 1903 4 Elevators in Frobisher
Northern Elevator Co.
Imperial Elevator Co. (2)-
Andrews & Gage-
Each had a capacity of 25,000 bushels

Village of Frobisher
Located W 1/2 Sec 13, Township 3, Range 4, W2

Latitude- 49 12' 35" N
Longitude- 102 25' 37" W
Elevation 1891 ft

 

A history book was written in 1980
here is a link to view this book
History Book
"Frobyshire to Frobisher"
NOTE- This is NOT my Web Site,
and link May or May NOT Work in the future.
I do not have a copy of this book.
I have no affiliation with present day Frobisher.
This page was created to add to the history of the area

Mr. Art Forgay, Principal of Estevan Collegiate Institute
in the 1960's did research on the name of the village.

1906 the "Frobisher Times"
 became the newspaper of the village

     
Frobisher Elevator Nov 20, 2016
Photos taken by Karl Gompf, courtesy Larry Gompf


Located at the junction of the CPR East-West line
and North-South, GTPR, Regina-Boundary Branch line
later became the CNR

Grand Trunk Railway
 Brief History

Originally this area was located on
the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad (GTPR),
a subsidiary of the Grand Trunk Railway,
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** of the Transcontinental Townsite Company Ltd.,
located at 268 Portage Ave. Winnipeg MB.,
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.
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

**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 1920-1921

Frobisher has CPR Telegraph, Dominion Express,
Government Telephones, and a Bank.

Population =200

Town Hall

Overseer (same as a Mayor today)
Frederick "Fred" Thomas Dallin
b- bet Oct- Dec 1873, Bristol Registration District, England
 d- Feb 27, 1958, Matsqui, BC, age 84
married bet Apr-June 1898, Bedminster Registration district,
wife- Florence Dallin, nee Wintle
b- ca 1878, d- June 29, 1951, Matsqui, BC, age 73
both buried in Abbotsford BC
left Bristol England , July 1906, on Victorian,
arriving in Montreal Quebec, August 1906

Councillors
Charles T. Lapp, and J. G. Bond

Town Clerk
Rev. Edgar Whitehouse

CPR
CPR Station- Elwood Graham, Agent

Stores / Restaurants etc

Yuen Ding Restaurant

Frank C. Renie,
Clothing and Confectionary

Leonard E. Rennie,
Grocer and Meat Market

Samuel Hammil,
Livery Sale and Feed Stable

Robert H. White,
Farm Implements, Garage and Repairs

John T. Wood,
Ford Agent, Farm Lands, Insurance, and Loans

Imperial Oil Ltd.,
Duncan MacNicol, Agent

Charles T. Lapp,
Farm Implements

John S. Bond-
Farm Implements, Harness, Insurance, Farm lands, and Loans

Frank McGillivray,
Barber and Pool Room

Alfred E. Potter,
Hardware

Donald MacNicol,
General Store

Riddell & Co.
General Store
John S. Riddell
William I. Riddell, Clerk

Reynolds & McCall
Garage and Repairs
Albert McCall, Proprietor
Robert J. Reynolds, Proprietor

Harold Manns, Mechanic,

Drayman
Charles Harris

Hotel
Imperial Hotel,
John Klaholz, Proprietor

Doctor
R. Allan Lee, Physician and Surgeon

Elevators
Leitch-McClean Elevator Co. Ltd.,
 Leonard Rennie Agent
(May 1920 the Leitch-McClean Elevator Co. Ltd.
bought 17 elevators from the Imperial Elevator Co.
and one from Hallet and Carey.
No list of which towns though, or owners)

Farmers Elevator Co.,
William Forsyth, Agent

International Elevator Co.
Fred T. Dallin, Agent
International Elevator Co was was absorbed by
Federal Grain Ltd. in 1929
Mar 1924 manager was A. Thompson
and held that position for 13 years prior.
He was being questioned in Winnipeg
on setting grain prices.
International Elevator Co. was incorporated in 1910.
Had 48 elevators in 1928.

Federal Grain Ltd, in 1929, merged
Federal Grain Ltd.,
Stewart's Terminals Ltd,
the Union Grain Co. Ltd.,
the North Western Elevator Co. Ltd.,
Consolidated Elevator Co. Ltd.,
the Brooks Elevator Co. Ltd. (Incorporated in 1927)
the McLaughlin Elevator Co. Ltd.,
the Copper Grain Co. Ltd.,
and the International Elevator Co.

They controlled 338 Country Elevators
total of 11,250,000 bushels of grain, after the mergers.
General Manager A. C. Michael
board members 1929:
James Stewart,
Henry Eugene Sellers,
Fred "William" Riddell,
H. J. Symington K.C.,
Harry D. K. Sellers,
J. H. McDonald,
Allan Holmes Williamson,
b-  Apr 28, 1895 in Toronto ON,
 d- July 1, 1961 in Vancouver,
Chairman of the Board- James Stewart
President- John C. Gage,
Vice-President- Henry Eugene “Harry” Sellers (1886-1970)

In 1928 it cost between $12,000-$15,000
 to build each elevator.

Saskatchewan Government Telephone Co
Fred T. Dallin, Agent
Lillian McElroy, Operator,
Vera O'Brien, Operator

School Teachers
Margaret Pickard

Mr. Melville Rae, Principal, Public School,
Sept 1921-June 1922

Bank
Merchants Bank of Canada
Merle Manns, Ledger Keeper
Frank Pullinger, Accountant in Charge
Harold E. Ramsey, Clerk
Arthur W. Evans, Teller

Blacksmith
Frank Meadous

Post Office
John J. Nesbitt, Postmaster

Church
Union Church
Rev. Edgar Whitehouse, Pastor

Misc
Silas Giem, retired farmer
George O'Brien, retired farmer
Thomas Adair- retired

 


   

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