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Northgate  Saskatchewan

map of Kopperud Church and Mellom farm, with coalmine area shown
Part of my Dad's 1927 map
click to enlarge

Located on the North side of the US/Canada Border
just East of Saskatchewan Highway #9

On Section 6, Township 1, Range 2, West of the 2nd Meridian
Latitude- 49 00' 00" N
Longitude- 102 16' 02" W
1841 ft elevation

Part of RM of Enniskillen #3
named after a place in Northern Ireland

Northgate came into being
with the coming of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Oct 14, 1913
connecting Northgate to Regina SK., see below

Northgate at various times in it's history,
hosted a Post Office, Grocery Store,
Customs and Immigration Offices, Railway Station,
Train Round House, Railway repair shops,
Quarantine Barn, and Pens,
 a School, a Hotel, and of course homes.

I remember the store, as in the mid 60's
 I was a swamper on the Grundeen Creamery
 delivery truck from Estevan.
Northgate store was our 2nd last stop.
North Portal was our last stop before heading back to Estevan.
This was a full day delivery, from before dusk, to after dark.

First Junior Red Cross Society in the World
was created here Oct 7, 1915.

CBSA Agency, Canada Customs Office #613, at Northgate
Link to their web site- note not my site, link may or not work

Northgate School District #4006

Northgate Post Office

Locations of the Post Office
SE 1/4 Sec.6, Twp.1, R.2, W2
Sec.6, Twp.1, R.2, W2 - 1914-07-01
Federal Electoral District:
Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan)

Opened July 1, 1914

Postmaster Information:
Name of Postmaster Date of
Date of
Cause of
Miss Agnes Mygaard - - Cancelled
Miss Ethel Williams - - *
Henry Edward Hinsvark
b- July 1873 in Decorah, Iowa, USA,
immigrating to Canada in 1903
Norwegian nationality, Lutheran,
Occupation Farmer in 1911
Wife- Mary Hinsvark, nee ?
b- Aug 1882 in Maine USA
children, Simone, Bernice, Louisa
1914-07-01 1919-06-16 Resignation
Mrs. H. C. Thompson 1919-07-30 1929-06-08 Resignation
Mrs. Eva Caroline Lees
b- 1880
1929-09-25 1931-07-13 Resignation
Miss Freda Winnifred Robertson
married a Mr. Swenson, see next entry
1931-12-09 1934-01-31 Resignation
Mrs. Freda Winnifred Swenson (Re-appointed)
obviously nee Robertson above
1934-05-30 1940-08-10 Resignation
Mrs. Merle Virginia Robertson 1940-09-08 Acting -
" 1940-10-04 1943-01-22 Resignation
Mrs. Annie Junas 1943-01-31 Acting -
" 1943-03-12 1943-11-08 Resignation
Mrs. Ethel Geraldine Olsen 1943-11-23 Acting -
" 1944-02-24 1945-10-25 Resignation
Dalbert Harold Friedrick 1945-10-31 Acting -
" 1946-04-18 1977-07-01 Retirement
Mrs. Linda D. Jones 1977-07-01 - -

Source- Library and Archives Canada
This reproduction is not represented as an official version
 of the material reproduced
or as having been made in affiliation with,
or with the endorsement of,
Library and Archives Canada

Grand Trunk Railway
 Brief History

GTP Telegraph Company Logo, 1916
Photo courtesy Grant Walker

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 Railway.
(*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.

Early 1914 lots were being sold in the new Village
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

Corrections to Mr. Ryley sent Jan 8, 2015
Hopefully I now have the correct info below

This is a Biography of G. U. Ryley
 via the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors

****George Urquhart Ryley
b- June 16, 1853 in Hamilton, ON
d- Apr 16, 1927 in Ottawa, ON, age 73
buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON

photo courtesy Beechwood Cemetery,
via person that sent corrections
George married Eleanor Wallace
Apr 14, 1881 in Toronto, York, ON
b- Jan 8, 1858
d- Feb 1, 1945

daughter of Samuel and Kate

George's father- John Proud Ryley
 b- July 1, 1825, in Birmingham England
mother- Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Ryley, nee Urquhart
 b- ca 1836 in Kingston, ON, age 45, in 1881
Eliza's paternal grandmother was from the Drouillard family
 that settled in 1700s at Fort Ponchartrain of New France
 which is now the Windsor-Detroit area.
Eliza's paternal grandfather was from the Urquhart family of Scotland.

G. U. Ryley's address was 644 Rideau St. Ottawa, Ontario at the time of his death

3 younger siblings of George:
Edmund U. 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

1881- Surveyor, living in Collingwood, Simcoe N, ON
George had land grants on Sec 28 and 30, Tsp 71, Rge 3, Meridian 6

Top of map shown, is West, North is right side of page

Street names assigned:
North-South from Railway Ave East
Canada Ave.
Northern Ave.
Western Ave.
Prairie Ave.
Pacific Ave.
Dakota Ave

School/ Public land in the middle

East-West from South side
Boundary St
(Actual Canada American Border,
South is USA, North is Canada
All streets below surveyed in Canada)
King St.
Centre St.
Queen St.
Saskatchewan St.

CNR discontinued the Minard to Northgate spur line
claiming it wasn't used for 3 years prior to that.

found a 1926 article that stated Regina boundary branch
in 1912 107.27 miles was built, then 1913, 46.94 miles
and in 1923, 2.00 miles on Lampman connections
abandoning 1.44 miles of old line.

Hill of the Murdered Scout- Scout Hill
Scout Hill History and Map


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