Openshaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

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.

Located at 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

Part of My Dad's 1927 Map showing Openshaw area

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
was South Alameda School #96 , on 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,
was 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 History
Name of Office: Openshaw

Federal Electoral District: Assiniboia (Saskatchewan)
Opened June 16, 1930
Closed Nov 30, 1938

Postmaster Information:

Name of Postmaster Military Status Date of Birth Date of
Date of
Cause of Vacancy
William Frederick Schendel 1883 see below June 16,1930 Aug 14,1934 Resignation
George Kaisler June 22, 1935 Nov 30, 1938 Resignation,Postmaster left the District, Closed

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

Post Masters Bios and Genealogy
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.

Located on the Grand Trunk Railroad / CNR /

Regina-Boundary Branch Line

GTPR Regina Boundary Branch Line

Originally Created Mar 28, 2011


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