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Openshaw Saskatchewan

Unincorporated Area

Origin of the name? unknown to me.
there was an Openshaw area of Manchester England
Can't find any settlers near here with that name.
there was some Openshaws in W3, W4 area but not W2.

SW Section 26, Township 2, Range 3, W2

Latitude 49 09' 00" N
Longitude 102 19' 02" W

Elevation 1864 ft

Located SW of Oxbow
and SE of Frobisher.

Located on the CNR Railway
CNR Station House there.
originally the GTPR, see below

Openshaw 1927 map

As you can see on this map there were 3 or 4 schools
in the general area of Openshaw.
School in middle, about 4 miles north of Openshaw
is South Alameda School #96
SW Sec 13, Tsp 3, Rge 3, W2
July 22, 1920 the school was destroyed by a cyclone
described as torn to matchwood
and scattered for miles around.
In 1948 the school held a party, so it was rebuilt.

4 miles west of Openshaw-
and 4 1/2 miles south of Frobisher, 
South Frobisher School #4167,
on NW Section 19, Tsp 2, Rge 3, W2
land bought from Mr. Edward Ball Truscott
opened Aug 1920.

Less than a mile SE of Openshaw,
is Roscoe School #1100,
on NE Sec 23, Tsp 2, Rge 3, W2
Mar 1922 Miss Mary Gibson
who just finished Normal School
was hired to teach here.

Right side, 6 miles S of Oxbow,
Bow School #165
Archibald Riddell was Chairman
and Trustee of the Bow School District for 15 years.
born in Perch Co ON ca 1866
d- Jan 1946, buried in Oxbow Cemetery

East of Openshaw, you can see the Souris River
and 2 fords across the river are shown.
As the Souris makes the bend, heading south again
the mouth of the Moose Mountain Creek can be seen,
 just SE of Oxbow, shown on Middle right of the map.
Village of Frobisher is just on left middle side of map.

Post Office

Name of Office: Openshaw

Federal Electoral District: Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)

Opened June 16, 1930
Closed Nov 30, 1938

Postmaster Information:

Name of
Date of Birth Date of
Date of
Cause of

William Frederick

see below

June 16,1930

Aug 14,1934


George Kaisler


June 22, 1935

Nov 30, 1938

left the district,

Additional Information:
SW Sec.26, Twp.2, R.3, W2 - 1930-06-16

This reproduction is NOT represented as an official version of the materials reproduced,
nor as having been made in affiliation with,
or with the endorsement of the National Archives of Canada.
The source of this material is the National Archives of Canada

Wilhelm "William" Frederick Schendel
b- 1883 in the Province of Posen, Germany.
d- Aug 4, 1937 at his farm at Openshaw.
In 1888 he, with his parents,
came to Wyndotte, Michigan, and then to Canada in 1900
settling in the Wordsworth District, north of Alameda,
then known as Curt Hill.
In 1905 he married Ottilie C. Schendel, nee Schendel
they had 5 children:
Ervin Schendel, Wilfred Schendel,
Marjorie Schendel, all 3 living at home in 1937
Mrs. Henry Schultz at Oxbow SK,
and Mrs. Oliver Melon at Northgate SK

Melita Justne Schendel, b- Sept 4, 1907 at Curt Hill
 Ernvin "Ernie""Erwin" Otto Schendel, b- Apr 10, 1905 at Curt Hill

William was councillor in Moose Creek Municipality for 6 years,
served on Wabash School board same period.
Wabash School Dist #3799, Tsp 6, Rge 4, W2

Few years before he died, he moved to Openshaw
where he built and operated a store,
and was postmaster for 4 years.
Funeral held at his home, by Rev Wirth of Frobisher,
and at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Wordsworth,
and is buried in the Wordsworth Cemetery.

He had 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

His son Erwin Schendel was killed July 25, 1937,
at the age of 34, when a binder he was working on,
fell from its props and crushed him instantly.
This was only a week or so before his dad died.
Shown as a farmer of the Openshaw district,
residing on his mother's farm.
He was preparing the binder for the fall harvest.
Dr. F. W. Hayter of Alameda was summoned.
and Constable Cameron from Carnduff.

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 Openshaw 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

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

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

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