1892 History

Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada

Town was about 4 months old, it had Wood Sidewalks on 12th Ave. to 4th St. and then also on 4th St., both sides, East and West. 4th St. was 100 ft wide, and was planned as the future Main St. They commented on the high elevation of the town and that it will provide great drainage? Tell that to my friends whose basement is flooded, June 2011!

Leaving the Train Station, the first thing on 6th St. were 2 Lumber Yards:

W. E. Flumerfelt & Co.

Mr. William Flumerfelt went from Brandon MB to Oxbow SK, then on to Estevan.
William Elijah Flumerfelt:

  • b- Oct 27, 1860, in Markham, ON
  • d- Oct 2, 1925, in Vancouver BC, age 66
  • (middle name shown as Elizah in death record, but I believe Elijah is correct)
  • Attended High School in Markham ON
  • son of George Flumerfelt and Cynthia Barnes

William had a brother, Alfred Cornelius Flumerfelt:

  • b- Sept 29, 1856 in Markham ON,
  • d- Nov 29, 1930 in Victoria BC, age 74
  • Alfred became a very rich and prominent Victoria Businessman.
  • 1881 He Married Ada Annie Kelvington (Kilvingston?)

In 1901 William and Phoebe and family were in Nanaimo BC, William is shown as a Merchant, Manager

William Married in 1884 wife- Phoebe Flint Flumerfelt, nee Ross,

  • b- Apr 18, 1863 in Belleville, ON
  • d- ?

William and Phoebe had 3 sons and 1 daughter:

  • son- Alfred Ross Flumerfelt,
    • b- Jan 23, 1885, in Portage LaPrairie, MB
    • d- ?
    • married Helen Madeline Kirk Campbell, June 22, 1912 in Vancouver BC
  • daughter- Helen Louise Flumerfelt,
    • b- Aug 5, 1886, in ON
    • d- ?
    • last name shown as Langhorne, first marriage?,
    • when she married John Scott, Jan 11, 1919 in Vancouver BC
  • son- William Ross Flumerfelt
    • b- Mar 31, 1889 in Brandon, MB,
    • d- Apr 21, 1944 in Vancouver BC
    • he married Eunice Dorothy Brice, Feb 21, 1920, in New Westminster, BC
  • son- Herbert “Douglas” Linton Flumerfelt,
    • b- Mar 17, 1894 in Estevan SK
    • d- Feb 24, 1972 in Vancouver BC, age 77
    • married Florence (Noreen?) Elsie McKittrick, Nov 2, 1923 in West Vancouver
    • she was born in Winnipeg, daughter of Henry McKittrick
    • Douglas was a store keeper in Bella Bella at the time of his first marriage
    • 2nd marriage to Georgina Russell Kerr

Mr. William E. Flumerfelt was one of The first School Trustees in Oxbow, July 2, 1892. In 1894 he was in partnership in a lumber yard in Oxbow, with a Mr. Noble.

William Elijah Flumerfelt, became a prominent BC Citizen:

  • Director Vancouver Exhibition Association
  • First Vice-President BC School Trustees Assoc.
  • Treasurer “Made in Canada” Fair in 1911
  • Boot and Shoe Business Brandon and Portage La Prairie, 1886-1895
  • went to BC, Manager of Patterson Shoe Co. Vancouver, 1895-1901
  • In business in Nanaimo, 1897-1901,
  • Returned to Vancouver in 1901.
  • Secretary-Manager Tourist Assoc. Vancouver, 1905-1907
  • Established his Real Estate Broker Business, at 522 Pender St. in Vancouver BC, in 1907
  • Member Vancouver School Board, 1908
  • Chairman Finance Committee, Vancouver School Board, 1909
  • General Chairman 1910
  • Belonged to Societies: A. F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F.
  • played sports- lacrosse and baseball.
  • Liberal; Methodist.

2nd Lumber Yard, was owned by Mr. Atkinson, from Souris MB

Wilkinson Bros. started a livery, sale and feed Business. They built a $1,000 stable. They also had a coal mine 2 miles south, of Dominion Coal Co. Mine, at Estevan

A William Wilkinson had a homestead on SW Sec 30, Tsp 2, Rge8, W2.

Also found a James Alexander Wilkinson, who was married to Mary Jane Wardell they had a daughter, Stella May Wilkinson, b- May 20, 1895, in Estevan

Mr. McLean had a boarding house on 6th St. below info from my Hotel site: A Mr. McLean, from Headingly originally, built the first 2 story building in Estevan. Located on 6th st, 4 lots from 12th ave. (doesn't say which direction) 20×38 ft, with a kitchen, to be used as a restaurant. It's position opposite the train station, assures it a good trade.

Mr. McLean

On corner of 12th Ave and 5th St., Arthur Kelly's Hotel I have the history of it in my Hotels / Motels section. It was 3 stories high, 40 x 40, on the main section with a 35 x 30 wing. It was built for 100 guests. It was opening very shortly. A Mr. Weir was also involved.

Found a John G. Weir, married to Nillie (Nellie?) M. Robson, they had a son George Alfred Weir, b- May 12, 1906 in Estevan and a daughter Hazel Weir, b- Oct 7, 1908, in Estevan

Mr. Bailey and Duncan, both from Brandon, had a store next to the Kelly Hotel. They would take over the stable, across the street, after Mr. Kelly left it. the stable was 40 x 50 ft. C. Bailey shown as Agent in Estevan, for Dominion Lands in Estevan, in 1905 Directory

Mr. R. Bradshaw had a stock of Gent's furnishings and he had an assistant, name unknown to me.

Sang Lee operated a laundry

Mr. Alexander Bennett had a Blacksmith Shop, he was married to Margaret Patterson Moncrieff they had a son Alexander Bennett, b- June 2, 1905 in Estevan

Mr. Davis also operated a Blacksmith Shop

Mr. J. M. Beatty had a boot, shoe, harness, and other leather ware Shop.

On East side of 12th Ave. was Mr. George Stewart's General Store. It was a branch of his main store at Methven MB

Across the street was Dr. Scott's Office and Post Office. In the same building a drugs, and stationary store, run by a Miss Service, from Moosomin. Large building with residence above, cost $1200 see my Early Doctors section

4th St.

A. Carman, Real Estate and Commission Agent

James Robertson Stockwell, Grocer, Son's history here

J. H. Wham, Barber. He had a small store with cigars and tobacco. Came from Winnipeg.

Mr. John McLeod- Butcher Shop, He had residence upstairs.

2 boarding houses:

Mr. Mooney was building an office for Mr. Charles Edmund Phipps, the Government Land Agent. Building cost $1100.

Price and McKay General Merchants, had a store that cost $1200 it had a hall upstairs, used as Estevan's First School, Community Hall, and for Church Services. They owned a large ranch with 200 head of cattle. They also owned and operated a coal mine, 15 miles down river.

Hilliard Edwin Price married Margaret Gow, they had a son Russell Aubrey Price, b- July 15, 1898 in Estevan

James Oliver from Hartney, was the Baker. He also managed Mr. A. M. Hearn's Furniture Business, a branch of a Deloraine Business. Building cost $1200. James Oliver married Ella Mabel Cox, they had a daughter Ruth Elizabeth, b- July 23, 1896 in Estevan

Mr. J. Williams, Real Estate and Commission and Assurance Agent

more history of some of these names, in the various Estevan web pages


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