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NE Section 12, Township 1, Range 12, W2
Longitude- 103º 30' W
north of the Canadian American Border
on Highway 350
part of 1927 map of this area.
They had a Post
Office and a Customs House in 1927
Church on left,
not known to me yet.
One on Section 12, not labelled, but symbol there,
was the Catholic Church, see history below.
Electoral District: Weyburn (SK)
Established- May 1, 1909
Closed June 30, 1945
Name of Postmaster
Date of Birth
Date of Appointment
Date of Vacancy
Cause of Vacancy
E. A. Goodwin
(see Customs below)
Heinrich "Harry" Schnell
Nov 16, 1882
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Constance Charlotte Acres, nee
2nd Post Mistress
b- Oct 6, 1889 in RM of South Norfolk, MB
d- July 17, 1952, West Summerland, BC, age 63
father- Frank Stacpoole
mother- Charlotte Simpson
brother- Frank Amis Patrick Stacpoole,
b- Mar 17, 1887 in RM of South Norfolk, MB
Husband- George Henry Acres, Customs Officer in 1911
b- July 20, 1881 in Ottawa, ON
d- Feb 21, 1941, in Penticton, BC, age 59
son- Harry Acres
b- Apr 1909 in ND, USA
daughter- Constance Mary Acres
b- June 13, 1912, SK
d- July 11, 1924 in Grand Forks, BC, age 13
Family living on section 1, Tsp 1,
Rge 12, W2 in 1911
George's father- George Henry Acres (Sr.)
mother- Mary Graham
Heinrick "Harry" Schnell
alt spelling first name, Heinrick
b- Nov 16, 1882 in Landau, Beresan colony, Russia
d- Nov 13, 1948 in Marienthal SK
husband of Clara Schnell, nee Bub
2nd wife- Angela Schnell, nee Mueller
father- Daniel Schnell
mother- Catherine "Katrina" Kautzmaun
lots of family info in Cemetery link below
Origin of Name
Langevin during a Pastoral visit
to the Estevan district, on June 13, 1907
gave the name to Marienthal to this German Settlement.
there was a Marienthal Russia
and with many settlers from Russia,
assume name is from there.
there is also a Marienthal in Kansas, USA.
alt spellings found- (Cunigundis) (Gune-Gunda)
Cemetery- 9 miles south of Torquay
RM of Cambria #6
Built on 10 acres of land
NW corner of Section 12, township 1, Range 12, W2
donated by Anton Wanner,
for a Church and Cemetery.
The Church was 58 x 24 ft.
Mr. Ellesson was the architect.
Church was blessed Feb 14, 1909.
Feb 8, 1916 this church burned down.
they then built the Basement church, by Dec 1916.
82 x 44 ft, architect Fortin from Regina.
It was closed, and sold into private hands ca 1962.
There was a
Roman Catholic rectory in 1945
It was moved to Torquay in 1949
Zimmerman, Parish Priest, in Aug 1926
He came from Russia in 1923
part of Estevan School district #2
16 enrolled in 1946
Acres, Customs officer in 1911
see family above in Post Office section
Customs Officer in 1911
J. P. Nord, b- May 1890 in England
immigrated in 1910.
Frederic S. "Mac" Macdougall
b- Jan 20, 1905 in Nova Scotia
d- Aug 20, 1986 in Estevan,
buried in Souris Valley Memorial Gardens near Estevan.
was a Customs Officer from 1931-1965
Most of his service was at Marienthal Port
located south of Torquay
He came west in 1924
He attended Normal School first
and taught at Shellbrook, and Bromhead,
before becoming Customs Agent.
Wife- Evelyn, married in 1938
b- in Douglas ND
She taught in Torquay and Estevan
Both retired in Estevan
Supervisor, William "Bill" H. Yardley
as you can see above, also Postmaster.
He was Customs Officers there starting in 1920
He quit due to ill health, and moved to the Pacific Coast.
Party given Aug 29, 1937 in Torquay
William Henry Yardley
- died Aug 28, 1968, age 77, in Victoria BC
He was Customs and Excise staff member at North Portal ca 1919
Next he was in charge at Marienthal Port.
One book says Thomas Kirk Yardley was a customs officer
in 1928 at Marienthal, 9 miles south of Torquay.
but now I think it was William at this time.
In 1957, William H. Yardley was
Chief Customs and
on his brother Gerald's staff at Victoria, B.C.
See his father's history here,
the First Mayor of Estevan
Ambrose ND was
the American town
2 1/2 miles south
Some early Pioneers
George Dukart homesteaded in this area.
b- in Odessa Russia
d- age 87
buried Souris Valley Memorial Garden, Estevan
in 1902 he moved to Estevan
homesteaded in Marienthal area,
left to farm in Bromhead district,
returned in 1925, stayed to 1942,
when he retired.
Moved to Torquay, then to Estevan in 1954
wife- Eva Dukart, nee Fleck
He had 6 sons, and 2 daughters.
Franz "Frank" Dukart
b- Aug 3, 1838 in Russia
d- Oct 6, 1938, 100 yrs old!
his parents moved from Rhine Germany to Russia in 1818.
His father was the first medical doctor in that area of Russia.
His dad Anton Dukart, died when Frank was 14
Frank came to Canada and Marienthal in 1908
His wife Katarina Dukart, nee ?,
d- Aug 1928
son Johann "John" Dukart
b- Feb 28, 1890
d- May 22, 1925
He had 3 children living in Canada, in June 1938
in Deloraine MB, see above
Peter Dukart in Vancouver BC
daughter, Mrs Zehanovich, living near Oungre, SK
He left 3 children in Russia, and didn't know if they were still living.
b- Feb 4, 1892 at Ashley ND
d- Oct 1957 in Torquay
age 11 he came to Marienthal district.
1915 he married Dorma Claudine Johnston
They had 3 sons and 4 daughters.
b- Landau Russia
d- Oct 1, 1948 in Torquay, age 76
came to Canada in 1904
settled in Marienthal district.
married, 2 sons, 7 daughters.
married Barbara Holzer in 1918
b- in Russia
d- at 67 in Estevan
buried in Catholic section, Estevan City Cemetery
she came to Canada in 1903
b- In Russia
d- Jan 1970, age 67 in Estevan
buried in Souris Valley Memorial Garden, Estevan
settled in Marienthal district
resided there until 1926
moved to a farm north of Estevan
4 brothers, 7 sisters.
email Apr 2012 from Don and Anne
re Herden family in this area
grandparents were among the initial homesteaders along the North
Dakota/Saskatchewan border in the vicinity of Marienthal and Mount
Green. Her grandfather, August Herden, arrived in SK in 1909 from
Germany and established a farm on the following two sectors:
File #099941A Partition SW Sector 4 Township 1 Range 13 Meridian W2
File #1668336 Partition SE Sector 5 Township 1 Range 13 Meridian W2
Her grandmother, Maria Herden, followed shortly thereafter, having been
raised in Austria. They had four children (oldest-to-youngest) Clara,
Mary, Gertrude, and Felix; all of whom were born and raised on the
homestead. Gertrude was my wife's mother, my mother-in-law. Maria
Herden died on the farm during childbirth in August 1925 and the family
remained on the homestead until about 1934. Times were tough during the
Depression and the family finally relocated to Haney, B.C.
Anne's mother was always full of stories about life on the farm, talking
about the daily walk to school in North Dakota; the "beef-ring"
established among fellow homesteaders; the musical get-togethers of
nearby neighbours, skating on frozen SK ponds, etc. Local families she
would talk about include the Messers, Blocks, Rudolphs, and Stepps, some
of whom we see listed as buried in local graves. In fact, Anne's
cousin, Karen Sand, is a granddaughter of the Rudolph clan who
homesteaded in SK during this period.
Anne's great uncle, Paul Herden, also came from Germany and homesteaded
in this region. His land was as follows:
File #3185651 Partition SW Sector 30 Township 2 Range 23 Meridian W2
File #3185649 Partition NW Sector 30 Township 2 Range 23 Meridian W2
File #2515928 Partition NE Sector 3 Township 3 Range 24 Meridian W2
We don't know a great deal about Uncle Paul other than he homesteaded in
SK for a period of time and then was killed in an accident in the US.
It is unclear what happened to his land and buildings.
Although my wife has not been in SK since she was about 12 years old, we
plan to visit Marienthal this June on our way back to our summer home in
Maine. Anne would very much like to find her grandmother's grave, which
the SK Genealogical Society's Burial Index lists only as Mary Herden,
Torquay, died August 1925. We cannot find evidence of her burial in
either the Marienthal or Torquay cemeteries, and we suspect that her
grave may be in the Bromhead/Mount Green Cemetery (which we believe to
now be discontinued). Do you have any knowledge of this grave yard?
Who currently owns it, etc.? Or information on how we might find her
grave? Any help you could give will be appreciated."
if anyone can answer his question please let me
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