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One Room Schoolhouse Naming

18 Feb

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One Room Schoolhouse Naming

An article printed in the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper, The Potashville Miner-Journal, “From Bert’s NotebookPlace names, discusses the derivation of the names for schools in the Churchbridge / Langenburg area of Saskatchewan was submitted from the Esterhazy 1939 newspaper by Verna Brenner, which is intriguing and fascinating.

Web master note: Still awaiting permissions from the Saskatchewan Weekly Newspaper, The Miner-Journal and the family of Bert McKay for re-publication, a small paraphrasing of the article comes next. The following page takes the derivation for the name from the article written by Bert McKay, and further verification of these facts have been found in several other sources as noted in the bibliography.

Before we begin with these selected eleven one room school district names, just a note about the historical naming process of the one room school districts in the province of Saskatchewan. John C. Charyk noted in “Syrup Pails and Gopher Tails” that the naming of the school was left to the local residents in the community. “Today as a result of that policy, knowing how a school district derived its name often brings an insight into the very heart of local history and traditions.”Charyk 1984 p. 12 The procedure of determining the name was set before all the community ratepayers requesting a suitable name. The school District organisers would hold a meeting, and of these names, the committee would submit a list of four or five names. The Department of Education set before the community the request for a list, as very often if only one name were submitted, it may be in use already at another school site. So the final choice for the school district name lay with the Department of Education.

At this same time, a school district number was allotted to the school district by the Department of Education. The numbers began with Moose Jaw School District No. 1 of the North West Territories and kept incrementing to Bow Valley School District No. 1409, North West Territories. At this time, for provisional districts of the Northwest Territories were merged to form the twin provinces of Alberta, and Saskatchewan on September 1, 1905. The Department of Education then decided that to keep record keeping for the two provinces separate in these provincial fledgling years, the province of Alberta would continue numbering her schools from School District No. 1410 onwards, and new schools formed in the province of Saskatchewan would fill up the empty numbers between 1 and 1409 vacated by the province of Alberta and proceeding forward from there. And now to delve into the heritage of the naming of these school districts near Churchbridge and Langenburg, Saskatchewan. (Another note, the Department of Education is now termed the Ministry of Education in Saskatchewan.)

  • Chatsworth S.D. No. 1810, (1907) was named after not a place, but a road in the Clapton subdivision of London, England. McKay points out that the school district secretary suggested the name after his previous residential street. Chatsworth road is a market road serving people in the area with a diverse selection of shops and restaurants, including, African, Turkish, Asian and Caribbean produce alongside butchers, bakers and greengrocers according to Wikipedia.
  • Hohenlohe S.D. NO. 2705, (1910) received its appellation from Count Hohenlohe-Langenburg. According to Alan Anderson, the Count Hohenlohe-Langenburg was invited to the west as part of the great immigration scheme by Canadian immigration authorities. The Count, as president of the German Colonial Association was instrumental in encouraging large colonies, notably Colony Hohenlohe which later received the name Langenburg.
  • MacNutt S.D. No. 793, (1912) is next on the list. John Hawkes echoes the sentiments of Bert Mckay, writing of the Honourable Thomas MacNutt, that he was a farmer and stock raiser in the Saltcoats area, and also turned his attentions to the political arena serving the Saltcoats constituency as both Member of the Legislative Assembly and Member of Parliament. MacNutt is renowned for being the first Speaker of the Saskatchewan Legislature.
  • Zorn S.D. No. 3697, (1916) received its calling from Phillip Zorn, a school district administrator actively promoting school district organisation during the formative year, 1916. From the Western Land Grants Records, it can be seen that Fillipp Zorn was successful at proving up a homestead land grant on the Northwest quarter of section 34 township 23 range 30 West of the 1st Meridian.
  • Landestrew S.D. No. 2698, (1916) was named after Landestreu, Galicia by the immigrant Galician German settlers who arrived in this new land. According to Manfred Prokop, Professor of German (emeritus), Modern Languages and Cultural Studies they established the large colony named Hoffnungstal near Langenburg and Landstrew in the late 1800s. The Landestrew post office opened in 1892, the school not until 1916.
  • Dressler S.D. No. 3732, (1916) located on the north east quarter of section 5, township 23, range 31, west of the first meridian was located amidst the Dressler homesteaders. Daniel DRESSLER and Anna BUSCH arrived to the Langenburg area about 1890. Daniel began proving up the land on the south east quarter of section 18 of the same township mentioned above. They had ten children and their sons Frederick, Andrew, John also homesteaded the area. Daniel DRESSLER immigrated with four siblings from Galicia, and this area was home to a number of DRESSLER homesteads. According to LAC Western Land Grants, Section 5 was Canadian Pacific Railway Land. A portion of this land was donated by Frederick DRESSLER to the community on which to build the Dressler Schoolhouse reported Bill Barry.
  • Churchbridge S.D. No. 124, (1887) honours the Anglican Church Colonization Land Company administered by Mr. Church and Reverend Bridges, who purchased land for settlement in the township 22 range 32, west of the 1st meridian. In Ruth Swanson’s compilation, The first hundred years : around Churchbridge, 1880-1980, settlers also remember a Mr. Eden belonging to this English Colonization Company as well, and a preliminary name being Edenbridge which was changed to Churchbridge due to a conflict with Edenbridge, Manitoba.
  • Rothbury S.D. No. 204 (1891) recognizes the town of Rothbury in Northumberland, England. Robert Athey suggested the title at a school district meeting. The land around the Rothbury school district is characterized by rolling and open prairie. Rothbury, Northumberland is nestled within the Simonside and Cheviot Hills.
  • Goehring S.D. 910, (1903) has as its namesake an early trustee, Ludwig Goehring a school district trustee. Goehring successfully proved up on three quarter sections in the area.
  • Kensington Lake S.D. No. 1083, (1904) assumed its name from the nearby physical feature, Kensington Lake. McKay mentions that Kensington Lake, in turn, assumed its name from E.D. Kensington who farmed near the lake.
  • Flower Valley S.D. No. 1098, (1904) derived its name from the German word “Blummenthal” which translated means Flower Valley. McKay points out that George Haas suggested the German term, and Niel McFadyen put forward the English translation. Mrs. Louise (George) Haas recalls that the school district was situated upon the old Pelly Trail

Webmaster note: The newspaper article recorded Chatsworth S.D. as number 1771, however other sources provide the school with the name of Homeland as School District No. 1771, and Chatsworth School District as No. 1810. The spelling was provided as Landstrew S.D. 2698 in the newspaper article, however other sources gave it as Landestrew S.D. No. 3698, And Budweis School District received the S.D. number of 2698. If anyone else has further information or clarification on any of these schools, school districts or Bert McKay, it would be a pleasure to add the same notes as provided. Kind Regards Julia Adamson.

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A Ballad of the Saskatchewan

9 Dec

O, need I tell that passion's name?

A Ballad of the Saskatchewan

 

Now again ’tis lovely May, by the riverside I stray,
And the song birds sing around and overhead,
And I watch the river flow as I did long years ago
When the North West in her glory sailed ahead.

As I watch the river flow, I think on the long ago
When each pioneer granted a homestead begun
In the land so bright and new, in the land so fair to view
In the valley of the famous River Saskatchewan.

Then the North West in her prime, on the river made good time
And her passengers admired her as she sped
Through the valley bright and new, through the valley fair to view
On the swift waters of the Saskatchewan water bed.

Fancy hears the tinkle ting of her bells as they would ring
For to start or stop or back or come ahead,
And the sounding of her gong, as they steamed her extra strong
Through the Saskatchewan river water bed.

And now it comes to mind, how each woodpile they would find
And load up enough to keep her furnace fed
As she sailed from side to side down or up the ruby tide
Landing pioneers along the Saskatchewan water bed.

Men of fame and high renown, on the North West then sailed down
To find out its great resources they were led
That they might see and write, of the fertile vale so bright,
Lovely valley, flowery valley, Saskatchewan’s water bed.

Now to you I will relate, Peter McArthur’s ecstatic state
Honeymoon suites, Grand piano, nothing but the best
Pioneer Iron Works of Wisconsin, double-level engines placed within,
Nothing repressed, the envy of the west.

But the North West is no more, for upon Edmonton’s shore
She was wrecked upon Low Level Bridge, and never more can come ahead.
But some relics of her still lie beneath the waves a’murmurin’ still
In the willows by the Saskatchewan River bed.

She will never sail again, for the bridge did cut her in twain,
And no more upon her decks can old friends have fun
As they danced in days of yore, as she sailed from shore to shore,
Landing pioneers along the shores of the Saskatchewan.

I recall to mind today, some old friends who went away,
Pioneers who were to finish what they had begun,
Friends who came here to reside, when the North West in her pride
Towed her barges filled with grain upon Saskatchewan

Friends are leaving one by one, pioneers have gone,
Some have gone to other lands and some are done,
Some of them are laid to rest, in the East, North, South and West,
And some others rest beside the peaceful Saskatchewan.

Then, good-bye old friends, good-bye, for the dear old days we sigh,
And live o’er again some youthful years long gone,
And we’ll often call to mind, happy days we left behind
In the valley of the famous River Saskatchewan.

As I muse and watch the stream, here and there a fish doth gleam,
And the song birds overhead dig and sing ‘neath the springtime sun,
And I watch the river flow, as I did long years ago,
When the North West in her glory sailed the Saskatchewan.

Adapted from A Ballad of the Red by Patrick H. Donohue, an old riverman

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For more information:

Steamships All Aboard! on the Saskatchewan

Navigation of the Saskatchewan. Steamers

Saskatchewan Gen Web ~ Transportation

Ballad of the Saskatchewan ~ A Poem

The Aged Pilot Man ~ A Poem

Bibliography

Table of Steamships upon the Saskatchewan

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Who will continue Bob Hinitt’s legacy?

15 Dec

What's in a Day?

Robert N. Hinitt Born June 24, 1926 Winnipeg, MB Died November 11, 2011 Saskatoon, SK

Bob Hinitt, B.A., M.A. B.Ed. (1926-2011) was known for his work in the Saskatoon drama community. He took his dramatic artistry skills in setting up an elaborate Christmas staging to his front lawn every Christmas on Wiggins Avenue. Every year visitors would be treated to a new, original Christmas decoration which would raise funds for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SPCA or Forestry Farm Park and Zoo. When Hinitt ‘s Christmas displays ended in 2006 due to knee surgery and diabetes, he said, “What I feel bad about is that (the organizations) won’t have that money this year. The animals need that. They need somebody to fend for them.” At his peak, his donated contributions came to $12,000 in one year alone.

Biography

Hinitt graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French and English in 1947, followed by his Master in Arts two years later. He continued in University to receive his Bachelor of education in 1952. Over the next 44 years Hinitt taught French, English and Drama in Saskatoon high schools and at the University of Saskatchewan.

The archives have compiled a photographic collection commemorating the sculpture Hinitt crafted for the 1971 Jeux Canada Games, a sampling of his front yard Christmas displays, his backyard floral garden arrangements, artwork for Ronald McDonald House as well as sets at ABCI Robert Hinitt Castle Theater.

Early life

Hinitt and his family moved from Winnipeg to Calgary when he was 4 years old, relocating to Blucher, SK the following year. By the age of 9, the family had moved into the city of Saskatoon enabling Hinitt to attend Victoria School, Nutana Collegiate, and the University of Saskatchewan.

Drama

Hinitt designed the 600 seat round theatre for Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute ABCI, first named Castle Theatre. It was here that his skills he gleaned from Stratford in sets and design came to life, his interest in sculpture blossomed, and his love of drama brought awards in a number of provincial drama festivals. Students remember his skill at painting and assembling cardboard into pillars, and architecture from any era and any country, painting it to look like the setting needed for any play. Under the lights, a magical transformation occurred keeping the audience spell bound as the theatrical performance wound its charm around them. Not ony did the drama students at ABCI benefit from Castle theatre, but it was the inaugural venue for the Saskatoon Summer Players and their first performance Oliver!.

Hinitt was instrumental in the founding of the Saskatoon Gateway Players, The Saskatoon Summer Players, and also served with Persephone Theatre.

Honours and Awards

In 1967, Hinitt was honoured as the first CFQC Citizen of the year. In 1983, Hinitt received the Order of Canada. Hinitt was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2000 followed the next year with induction into the Woodward Theatre Hall of Fame. Hinitt Place is a Saskatoon street named in tribute. Bob Hinitt Wing was established in his honour at the SPCA, and in 2008 Castle Theatre was renamed “Robert Hinitt Castle Theater”. In tribute to Hinitt, he described as an “educator whose passion for theatre and design nurtured generations of theatre-goers, practitioners and artists.”

Legacy
To honour the memory of Bob Hinitt, it was requested that donations continue to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals SPCA or Forestry Farm Park and Zoo.

What would be marvelous, indeed, would be for Christmas displays set up in his honour at a public Saskatoon location in his memory by the community.

Sources

“Arts community mourns legend Bob Hinitt”. CTV Saskatoon. November 11, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.saskatoonspca.com/caring/bob-hinitt “In Memory of Bob Hinitt Robert N. Hinitt June 12th, 1926 – November 11, 2011”. Saskatoon SPCA. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

McKinlay, Peggy (2011). http://wanderlustandwords.blogspot.com/2011/11/bob-hinitt-community-artist.html “Wanderlust and Words: Bob Hinitt, Community Artist”. Wanderlust. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Heighes, Pat (20111). http://www.saskatoonsummerplayers.ca/about.php “Look Back….. The Origins of Saskatoon Summer Players”. Saskatoon Summer Players. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=2116273e-ca5a-4941-acef-dcca2e795c54 “Hinitt Christmas displays come to end ater 59 years. Bob Hinitt has hung up his hammer, ending a decades-long Christmas tradition in Saskatoon”. Star Phoenix. December 21, 2006. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Moira, Day (2006). http://esask.uregina.ca/entry/hinitt_robert_n_1926-.html “Hinitt, Robert N 1926-“. Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://www.arts.usask.ca/drama/news/news.php?newsid=2382 “News Item – Department of Drama”. College of Arts and Science – University of Saskatchewan. 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

http://sain.scaa.sk.ca/items/index.php/hinitt-robert-n;term/browseTerm?limit=20 “SAIN Photographs”. Subjects-Hinitt, Robert N.. SAIN Saskatchewan Archival Information Network. Retrieved Decmeber 14, 2011.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2011/11/13/sk-robert-hinitt-obit.html “Saskatoon arts legend Bob Hinitt dies”. CBC News. November 13, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Warick, Jason (November 12, 2011). http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx
“Beloved Saskatoon citizen dead at 86”.
Star Phoenix. Press Display. Retrieved December 14, 2011.

Peace And Joy to all of you, my friends

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On this day the Earth shall sing

14 Dec
<i>Personent hodie</i>

Personent hodie On the day the Earth shall sing

Personent hodie is translated to “On this day earth shall ring” by Jane M. Joseph.   Discovered in the Piæ Cantiones ecclesiasticae et scholasticae veterum episcoporum (“Devout ecclesiastical and scholastic songs of the old bishops”) with Latin text. Theodoricus Petri compiled 75 hymns in Piæ Cantiones, of which Personent hodie shown here is one. Jaakko Finne (or Suomalainen), a rector at the Turku Cathedral School, published Petri’s manuscript, thus preserving Finnish heritage in the form of hymn and song.

Choirs have adopted Personent hodie as a tribute on December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

Here is “On This Day Earth Shall Ring (Personent Hodie)” by Gustav Holst. Translation from Latin to English by Jane M. Joseph (1894–1929) follows.

On this day earth shall ring

with the song children sing

to the Lord, Christ our King,

born on earth to save us;

him the Father gave us.

Refrain

Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o,

Id-e-o gloria in excelsis Deo!

His the doom, ours the mirth;

when he came down to earth,

Bethlehem saw his birth;

ox and ass beside him

from the cold would hide him.

Refrain

God’s bright star, o’er his head,

Wise Men three to him led;

kneel they low by his bed,

lay their gifts before him,

praise him and adore him.

Refrain

On this day angels sing;

with their song earth shall ring,

praising Christ, heaven’s King,

born on earth to save us;

peace and love he gave us.

Refrain

For unto us a child is born…

~ Isaiah 9:6

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Deck the Halls

13 Dec

Seasons Greetings my Friends

Seasons Greetings!

Christmas celebrations are near, and it is time to deck the halls with boughs of holly! Listen to this classic Yuletide carol by Peiyang Chorus rendering the song in a traditional Welsh version.

The wreath, the candle, berry and ornament have all come to be associated with Christmas decorations. The colours of Christmas are red and green, accented with white, gold and silver. These fanciful decorations symbolize our appreciation of the Christmas season.

For over 2,000 years, societies have been decorating with evergreen boughs, the green symbolizing life during the winter months in temperate climates. Now baubles, and ornaments, candycanes and cookes, keepsakes and collectables, fine art and heirlooms deck the Christmas tree, home, and hall.

So however you celebrate with popcorn strings, or tinsel, with baubles or cookies, with evergreen bough or Christmas tree, may may this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful to make way for a fresh and bright New Year.

Here’s wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Oh Holy Night!

9 Dec

O' Holy Night nativity scene

Oh holy night! by Jackie Evanochko

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear’d and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger

In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

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Lady of the Lake

9 Dec

The Lady of the Lake
Ave Maria! (You Tube)
Ave Maria! Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden’s prayer!

-music by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) which was written for an excerpt from….

“The Lady of the Lake” by Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

verse
XVIII.

And ne’er did Grecian chisel trace
A Nymph, a Naiad, or a Grace,
Of finer form or lovelier face!
What though the sun, with ardent frown,
Had slightly tinged her cheek with brown,–
The sportive toil, which, short and light
Had dyed her glowing hue so bright,
Served too in hastier swell to show
Short glimpses of a breast of snow:
What though no rule of courtly grace
To measured mood had trained her pace,–
A foot more light, a step more true,
Ne’er from the heath-flower dashed the dew;
E’en the slight harebell raised its head,
Elastic from her airy tread:
What though upon her speech there hung
The accents of the mountain tongue,—
Those silver sounds, so soft, so dear,
The listener held his breath to hear!

XIX.

A chieftain’s daughter seemed the maid;
Her satin snood, her silken plaid,
Her golden brooch, such birth betrayed.
And seldom was a snood amid
Such wild luxuriant ringlets hid,
Whose glossy black to shame might bring
The plumage of the raven’s wing;
And seldom o’er a breast so fair
Mantled a plaid with modest care,
And never brooch the folds combined
Above a heart more good and kind.
Her kindness and her worth to spy,
You need but gaze on Ellen’s eye;
Not Katrine in her mirror blue
Gives back the shaggy banks more true,
Than every free-born glance confessed
The guileless movements of her breast;
Whether joy danced in her dark eye,
Or woe or pity claimed a sigh,
Or filial love was glowing there,
Or meek devotion poured a prayer,
Or tale of injury called forth
The indignant spirit of the North.
One only passion unrevealed
With maiden pride the maid concealed,
Yet not less purely felt the flame;–
O, need I tell that passion’s name?

Thanks very kindly for your visits. Much appreciated!…. Peace and love be with you. I will be off and on through December as it is a busy time of year. Much thanks to Shadowhouse productions (Jerry Jones) for the tetured post card.

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