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Steelman  Saskatchewan

Hamlet Located at
Section 15, Township 4, Range 5, West of the 2nd Meridian
in SE Saskatchewan
Unincorporated Area

Lat- 49 18' 00" N - Long- 102 36' 02" W

13 km N. from Hirsch, 15 km SE from Lampman, 7km SE from Breeze

in RM No. 34 - BROWNING

Located on the Canadian National Rail line (CNR)
between Deborah and Breeze SK
on the Lampman-Frobisher line
Originally on the GTPR line, see below

Named after a C. B. Steelman,
but unable to find much on him, more than his initials.
Possible connection?
I did find a Charles B. Steelman who was attempting to inherit
a share of $55,000,000, from his Grandfather Jonathan Steelman's estate,
from some property in downtown New York City in the early 1900's.
Land the new York City Hall was built on, the Trinity Church, and more
Jonathan came to US in 1687.
One record stated-
Jonathan was given a grant of land from the King of England, of 97,000 acres of land.
Greater part of the state of New Jersey, most of New York City,
and all the land in Atlantic City.

another newspaper record said Jonathan came from Sweden with 2 brothers,
worked as a renowned Pilot, and bought his tracts of land in question.

Another claims it was the pilot Jonathan Steelman`s Grandfather,
that came from Sweden.

Another record online says the claim was all not valid,
and never amounted to anything.

Jonathan was drowned during a severe storm,
in the Great Egg Harbor Inlet on Feb 22, 1781,
while was serving as a Ship Pilot aboard the Brig Fame.
Over 300 descendants laid claim to the estate, ca 1905.

Quite a family story to say the least.

Charles lived in Minneapolis MN at this time.
Was it this man who Steelman is named after?
b- 1857 in Ohio
d- Nov 27, 1934 in Hennepin MN
married to Clara J. Faus
b- 1870
d- 1964
both buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, in Hennepin MN
Charles was the son of Elisha A. Steelman, b-1815- d- Oct 18,1885
and a Margaret ?

If you know of another C. B. Steelman, let me know please!

Pool Elevator map shows it had an Elevator at one time
plus I know of a Store, Picture Show, and Post Office

A tornado Aug 27, 1931 destroyed an elevator at Steelman

Steelman today is known for it's Natural gas plant

First Gas Plant in SE Sask
was the "Steelman Gas Plant", or Steelman Gas Company Ltd.
which was started by
 Provo Gas Producers Ltd. and Dome Exploration (Western) Ltd. of Calgary,
 which started construction in 1957, and went into production in 1958.
Plant originally cost $12 million, including the collecting lines.
Permit to build the plant was issued in Aug 1957.
One newspaper report from Jan 8, 1958
said Steelman Gas Company Ltd. was building the plant for $20 million.
Apr 1958 article says the Steelman Gas Co. Ltd had financing
of $10,750,000.00 expected in a couple weeks,
shareholders of Dome Exploration (Western) Ltd. were told.
Dome and prove owned 78% of the outstanding common shares.
Public offering in SK, 2 million in debentures,
and a total of 160,000 common shares in units.
in addition private placement is being arranged for 6 million
in first mortgage bonds.  4 million in US and 2 in Canada.
James Richardson and Sons were the underwriters.
the shareholders approved the name change to Dome Petroleum
and head office move to Calgary from Toronto at this same meeting.

In 1971 the collecting lines extended 60 miles from the Manitoba border,
40 miles North of US Border.  It was staffed by a crew of 26.
The first step in the process, in 1971,
was to remove hydrogen sulphide, and carbon dioxide.
The gas was then compressed to 550psi
 and processed through a refrigeration- absorption unit
to remove the liquids, propane, butanes and gasoline.
The residue gas was compressed through one more stage
to pipeline pressure of 900psi and was delivered to the SPC line.

The Plant remained under Dome Petroleum's control until 1988.
AMOCO Canada merged with Dome,
then British Petroleum (BP) merged with AMOCO in 1998

It was originally started to collect the flare gas, or lean oil gas
produced in the extraction of oil from the ground.
2008 it was owned by BP Canada Energy Company

Enbridge Pipelines (Saskatchewan) Inc,
operates the feeder pipeline system, for the natural gas liquid
generated from the plant

when it was constructed it was a 30 acre site.
the Gas gathering Line and Low-Pressure
Compressor station was designed and constructed by
Pryde-Flavin Engineering Company of Calgary
Consisted of 5 compressor stations in the field.
the Processing Plant and Compressor station at the site,
were designed and built under the supervision of
Stearns-Roger Engineering Company Ltd. of Calgary and Denver.
the contractor building the Plant and Compressor stations was
Refinery Engineering Ltd. Toronto
a subsidiary of Refinery Engineering Ltd. Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Contractor for the gathering system is Bannister-Helm Ltd. Edmonton.

Steelman Post Office History

Opened March 1,1912
Located in the Steelman Store

Federal Electoral District:
Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan)
Postmaster Information:
Name of Postmaster Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy
George H. Ingram, b- Jan 1890, in Ontario
A Robert John Ingram homesteaded
on SE Section 4, Tsp 4, Rge 5, W2
who I believe was his father.
In 1911 his mother is shown as Elizabeth,
2 brothers Charles and Frank,
all living in Tsp 4, Rge 5, W2.
In 1901 the family was living
 in Peterborough ON, with a sister Lillian here.
1912-03-01 1916-05-10
Lewis Hirt 1916-06-01 1919-12-29
Mathias Fleck
A Matthias Sr and Jr are buried in
Estevan Souris Valley Memorial Cemetery
both born in Landau Russia
Nov 13, 1931 a Matthias Fleck
lived in Torquay, when he invented
and took out a patent on a new farm gate
1920-06-29 1920-09-26
John Rech (see story and photo below) 1920-12-21 1937-06-29
Miss Ethel Seeley 1937-06-29 1947-04-18
Miss Evelyn Helen Giem
She worked in the Estevan Post Office as well
1947-05-01 1949-01-17
Frank Andrew Mehler
February 19, 1918 - January 31, 2007
son of Nicholas and Anna Mehler
raised on family farm
SE Section 34, Tsp 4, Rge 5, W2,
near Steelman.
He also operated the picture show
in Steelman, besides the PO.
Lived on 700 block, in Hillside,
Estevan, for years
1949-04-01 Acting
Frank Andrew Mehler 1949-05-14 1952-07-18
Mrs. Grace M. J. Lischka 1952-08-31 Acting
Mrs. Grace M. J. Lischka 1952-11-25 1953-08-09
Mrs. Viola Elaschuk 1953-09-04 Acting
Mrs. Viola Elaschuk 1953-12-18 1955-11-07
Mrs. Vera B. Gregoire 1955-11-18 Acting
Mrs. Vera B. Gregoire 1956-01-31 1956-08-20
Mrs. Josephine Peter 1956-09-16 Acting
Mrs. Josephine Peter 1956-11-21 1972-04-29
Mrs. Maxine M. Harris 1972-04-29 ?
Mrs. Katherine Peters 1982-05-29 -
Mrs. Katherine Peters 1982-06-01 -
Source Canada Archives, reproduced here, not represented as 100% accurate
and no fees charged for viewing.

Night of Sept 27, 1928 the Post Office in Steelman
was robbed of $600.00
Four Armed Bandits in a large automobile
made off with the money.
1/2 hour latter they robbed the PO in Hirsch.
John Rech would have been postmaster at the time.

Lewis Hirt was a General Merchant in Steelman, in 1915
per an ad in the Alameda Dispatch Newspaper

The Pioneer Store, Steelman
owned by John Rech
photo courtesy Darwin Wagner, May 7, 2012

Adolph Rech Hardware Store in Steelman

Info below from Darwin Wagner
"One of my ancestors, John Rech, operated the Grocery Store/Post Office
 in Steelman from 1920 thru 1937.
He first owned the old store on George Street
( known to us as kids as Anderson's Store ) in Estevan,
and then relocated to Steelman where they remained
 until the dirty thirties took hold, and they were forced to sell
 to Ethel Seely ( I believe from Weyburn ).

John's brother, Adolph, operated the hardware store in Steelman,
and used part of it as a billiards hall and gasoline station.

My father and his parents lived in Steelman
 for about five years in the late 1920's
and then moved to South Frobisher area.
Both the Rech and Wagner families are documented
 as being the first founders of the Lutheran Church
 at Steelman and Frobisher.

Adolph Rech bought a new 1928 Ford truck
 and would take the local Lutherans to Church in Estevan
 before their own Church was built.

John and Adolph's sister, Bertha, came to Canada in 1912
 and married Albert McCormack
 who was one of the first journalists for the Estevan Mercury.
 Bertha and Albert had one son, John Edward,
who became an MLA for the Liberal party
 under the leadership of Ross Thatcher.
He was killed in a car crash just after beginning his second term in office."


Located in School District # 820

My dad, Phil Gent, worked at the Steelman Gas Plant
when our family moved to Estevan from Bienfait in 1958

I have a picture of the plant somewhere
 and will add it here when I track it down

His sister Kathleen was born near Steelman in 1915
My grandfather Percy Gent
moved his family to the Arthur Nelson place near Steelman in 1909

Cemetery nearby:

Roman Catholic Cemetery
Steelman-Maryland- SE2-5-5-W2
Records at Sask. Gen. Society

History book of the area
which I don't have a copy of

"Poet's Corner."
Lampman & District History Book Committee,
 Lampman, Sask. 1982.
 Lampman and District and the RM of Browning
 including the hamlet of Browning, Steelman, and the village of Willmar
 and the School Districts of:
 Cateville, Cote, Crystal, Enniskillan, Erin, Glasston, Idlewilde,
 Lampman, Morrisville, Rockland, Roseleigh,
Sinclair, Weir Hill, Willmar and Yankee

If you have any pics or info let me know,
will add it here.

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.
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

****George Urquhart Ryley
b- June 16, 1852 (1854?) in ON
d- Apr 16, 1927 in Carleton, ON, age 73
1881- Surveyor, living in Collingwood, Simcoe N, ON
married Eleanor Wallace McQuilkain, (McQuilken?)
Apr 14, 1881 in Toronto, York, ON
b- 1858
d- ?
daughter of Samuel and Kate McQuilkain

father- John Proud Ryley
 b- July 1, 1825, in Birmingham England
mother- Jane Elizabeth Ryley, nee Urquhart
 b- ca 1836 in ON, age 45, in 1881

3 younger siblings of George:
John Edmond 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

James Cuddington Family
See my
Cuddington Family Page
located in my Bienfait Section
Researching this family for Bienfait
I found out they overlapped in Steelman
James Charles Cuddington,
and William Cuddington homesteaded near Steelman


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