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and or General People
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Lee Leander Dellage- 1922
Paul Matoff- 1922

Eddie Norris Gang
Dr. Starling Morris- ca1924-25
Gov Gen Byng Visit- 1925
Allen Erwin, "The Calgary Kid"

Doerr Family
Cuddington Family
Maurice Hawkinson
John Twigger Family
Dwayne Walliser's Site &Tour
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Located in SE Saskatchewan,

Map Showing Bienfait in Saskatchewan Map showing Bienfait's Location in Canada
 located at:
Section - Township - Range
      19 - 2 -  6
West of the 2nd Meridian   
Latitude / Longitude-
49° 09' 00" N  / 102° 49' 00" W
Alt= 1902 ft or 579m

Dec 29, 1904

The Village of Bienfait
was Incorporated Apr 16, 1912
by Archibald "Archie" Peter McNab, (1864- 1945)
Minister of Municipal Affairs
Government of Saskatchewan
became Lieutenant Governor 
of SK
vote to Incorporate as a Town
was passed Apr 25, 1956, by 268 to 71.

Officially Incorporated as a Town
Mar 1, 1957

The Town with the 100 ft wide Main Street!
Other streets were surveyed at 66 ft wide.
But you can turn a semi around in Main Street.

Main St. looking North early 1950's
Photo from Alex Wilson Collection
sent by Margaret Cuddington

The Town is located between
the CNR tracks to the South,
and the CPR tracks to the North.
On the East of Town was the M&S Mine tracks
It is almost surrounded by the railroad!
Bisected in half, east to west by Highway 18
Which in town limits, is called Souris Ave.,
Today the Town has expanded north of the tracks,
and that is the location of
The Town Cemetery as well.
Population in 1915 was 150 persons
2006= 986 persons

Antoine Charles Bienfait
 Antoine Charles Bienfait
Born July 6, 1857
in Amsterdam
Died in Paris in 1899
Picture sent to me by
Dirk Hoogeveen, Regina,
with Thanks!



 Meaning of the Name


The Town of Bienfait got it's name
from the Railroad.
Same as just about every other settlement
back in the early 1900's 
Contrary to the popular belief
that it was named by a French Railroad worker
when he pounded in the last spike of the day 
at the town location and was heard to say
 "Bien Fait" 
or "Well Done" in French. 

This was the belief for many years,
but it is false. 
The true meaning of the origin
 is found in CPR files
They reveal that Bienfait
was named by the railway 
for a member of a Dutch Banking firm, 
based in Amsterdam Holland, 
named Adolphe Boissevain & Co. 
This banking firm played a large part 
in introducing CPR shares 
to the European Money Markets
to finance the construction of the 
Railroad to places like Bienfait and Estevan. 
 The person who Bienfait
 owes it's name is

 Antoine Charles Bienfait
(born in 1857)
now you know the rest of the story!

Info above Copyright and Courtesy of:
 Bill Barry's book, People Places

 Small Towns
Small towns are an attitude
Toward helping one another.
Where each man finds special joy
In making glad the other.

A small town thrives on kindly words
And kindly deeds to share.

The essence of each day is this
Capacity to care.

Yes, small towns are an attitude
Toward loving simple things.
Like quilting bees and church bazaars,
And Christmas carollings.

A small town thrives on hayrack rides
And programs in the park.
With picnics and school affairs
And bonfires after dark.

The attitude is one of peace
From deeply thankful hearts,
Who saw the deeds that must be done
And gladly did their part.
                              (Author Unknown)




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