Bienfait- 1920-1921 History

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada

Population = 300

(same as Mayor today)

Archibald “Archie” John Milligan

  • b- Apr 30, 1875 in Wirksworth, Belper Reg Dist, Derby, England
    Christened June 3, 1875 in Wirksworth, Derby, England
  • d- Dec 15, (Dec 7 per cemetery records) 1931 in Bienfait SK.
    burial Dec 17, 1931 in Estevan City Cemetery, Estevan SK
  • son of William Milligan and Emily Laura Smith (LeBlanc-Smith?)
  • Archie immigrated June 14, 1892 to Canada
  • He married Mary Lillian Scott
    • b- Dec 24, 1887 in Moose Jaw, NWT (SK)
    • d- Feb 11, 1980, age 92 in Victoria BC, as a widow.
    • she was Assistant Librarian in Estevan.
    • Her father Dr. Ernest Harold Scott was the First Doctor in Estevan.
  • they were married Jan 20, 1923 in Vancouver, BC, Archibald was 47, and Mary was 36
  • Archie had 3 daughters
  • (He owned the First General Store in Bienfait plus the First Post Office was in his store)
  • Archie's brother, Private William Harold Milligan
    • b- Mar 10, 1876, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England
    • d- Mar 1, 1917 at Vimy, WWI
    • he was living at West Summerland BC, when he enlisted

Gordon White

  • b- Mar 17, 1891 in Goderich Township, Huron Co., ON
  • d- Sept 28, 1958, probably in Bienfait,
  • buried in Bienfait
  • his wife Bertha nee Brundage, buried with him
  • Gordon was son of Robert J. White and Jane Robinson
  • He owned the Hotel in Bienfait

Thomas Ellis (see below)

Howard Duke Felgate (see below)

Beinfait Meat Market

* John A. Auld, His Meat Market Ad is on this page

Bienfait Drug Store
  • Druggists, Stationers, School Supplies
  • Luke Albert Roe, Manager
    • b- ca 1890
    • d- Mar 14, 1985 in Langley BC, age 95

Martin Stores
  • General Store
  • Ross D. Martin
  • Harvey Martin, Clerk
  • Verna Martin, Clerk

George J. Oliver
See more Oliver Info Here

Rogers Lumber Yards Ltd.
  • Howard Duke Felgate, Agent
    • b- July 20, 1891, Walthamstow, Essex, England
    • d- Dec 15, 1955
    • Enlisted at Quebec, Nov 18, 1914,
    • in WWI, Rank of Corporal, Reg #63338,
    • previously served in 5th City of London Volunteer Regiment
    • next of kin, Mrs. E. A. Felgate,
    • 59 Rectory rd, Walthamstow, Essex, England
    • Howard's wife- Mrs Mildred Felgate was Bienfait's Telephone Operator in the years 1915 and 1916.
      • Mildred Ryson Felgate, nee McCathern
        • b- May 7, 1896
        • d- Mar 14, 1969
        • buried in Bienfait Cemetery
    • brother- Cyril Percy Felgate, b- bet Oct-Dec 1896
    • sister- Ella Lucy Felgate, b- bet July-Sept 1900
    • father- Percy Howard Felgate,
      • b- ca 1865,Hackney, Middlesex, England, age 36 in 1901,
      • d- Bet Oct-Dec 1930, Rochford Reg dist, Essex, England, age 65
      • Iron Founders Traveller in 1901
    • mother- Edith Annie Felgate, nee Duke, age 35 in 1901
      • married bet July-Sept 1890, Hackney reg dist, Essex, England
    • Grandfather- Charles W. Felgate, Grocer in 1881
      • b- 1828, Hoxton, Middlesex, England
    • Grandmother- Elizabeth Felgate

Charles Carroll
General Store and Meat Market
See more Carroll info Here

Arthur Herbert Cuddington
Confectionery and Bakery

Arthur Herbert Cuddington
b- 1884, d- Jan 30, 1961
(see my Cuddington Family page)

Thomas Ellis
General Store

Thomas Ellis,
b- ca 1848,
d- Apr 1, 1931, age 83

Traders Store
General Store

William Adolphus Ellis
b, Oct 21, 1886 York Township, York, ON
d- Mar 2, 1976
buried in Estevan City Cemetery
shows up as a Teamster on a Survey Gang in 1911, in Estevan
Father- John Ellis
Mother- Mary Elizabeth Hill
married Alberta Aston English, Oct 4, 1913
b- May 12, 1885, Pittsburgh Township, Kingston, ON
d- May 8, 1972
father- James Grant English (1831-1911)
mother- Sarah Ann Lane (1843-1926)
James and Sarah, had 10 children
more Ellis family info here

Alexander “Alex” Cameron English
b- Feb 14, 1876, in Pittsburgh Township, Kingston, ON
d- Dec 17, 1963
buried in Cataroque Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
worked in the Traders Store for his brother in law
Older brother to his wife, Alberta Aston English
Alex was a son of James and Sarah
Alex married Mary Leota Ross,
b- ?,
d- Jan 17, 1922
Alex had one child, Berva English

Edward Gunderson
Farm Implements

Bienfait Commercial Co.
Coal Mine Operators
Maurice J. Hawkinson, Manager (see link below)
Luke Albert Roe, Manager
b- Mar 29, 1890, Hartford Conn, USA
d- Mar 14, 1985 in Langley BC, age 95
Luke Roe bought the Kelly Hotel in Estevan with a Mr. McLeland, both from Melita MB.
Not exactly sure of the date here.
Then it turns out Mr. and Mrs. Luke Roe operated the Hotel San Antonio in Bissett MB.,
when my mother worked there in the 1930's.
Luke's wife- Ida Maud McDonald, one of the early Estevan Families, that came from the Alameda SK area.
Captain Luke Roe M.C. unveiled the Oxbow and District War Memorial in 1928.
He was in command of the 1st Batt. of the Saskatchewan Border Regiment, the predecessor of the South Saskatchewan Regiment.
next of kin, John Roe, 209 Franklin St., Flushing New York.
mother- Margaret Madden
Luke was shown as a Trainman for the GTP when he enlisted Sept 1914, Reg # 33443, Lieutenant

Joseph Augustus Seguin, Superintendent
b- Apr 1879 in Quebec, Catholic religion

Albert E. Watt, Secretary
Albert E. Watt and Samuel Fielding, both from Bienfait, took out a Canadian Patent on a “Shocking Machine”, CA 123849 A,
which was some attachment to a Grain Binder. To me it sounds like an automatic Stooking machine.
Applied Aug 4, 1909, granted Feb 15, 1910, turns out Shocking grain, and Stooking it, is the same thing. Never heard of it until now.

Joseph Buns, Employee
Ernest Carlton, Employee
William Carr, Employee

James Chartrand, Employee
b- ca 1876,
d- Feb 23, 1954, age 78,
buried in Bienfait Cemetery

H. A. Clarke, Employee
Oliver Clearmont, Employee
Samuel Clearmont, Employee
Ivor Erickson, Employee
Lewis Erickson, Employee

Andrew Flett, Employee
buried in Bienfait Cemetery

Samuel Forneaux, Employee

Nicholas “Nick” German, Employee
b- 1879,
d- May 14, 1962
buried in Bienfait Cemetery

Victor Harris, Employee
Bert Heard, Employee
Knute Helliman, Employee

W. Hudemko, Employee
Wasyl Hudemko b- Mar 22, 1893
d- July 18, 1983
buried in Estevan Cemetery

Hugh Jones, Employee
Paul Klemick, Employee
Mike Kudszer, Employee
Harvey Lacoste, Employee
John Lacoste, Employee
Otto Langen, Employee
Thomas Langen, Employee
J. Loisselte, Employee
Hugh McLean, Employee
John McLean, Employee
Thomas Mandszuk, Employee
Thomas Moss, Employee
Albert Oehlke, Employee
Axel Olsen, Employee
Nicholas Prysoznook, Employee
Mike Sawa, Employee
W. H. Schrock, Employee
Harry Whitty, Employee
Stanley Zjaski, Employee

see my Bienfait Mines Ltd. Page

King Edward Hotel
Gordon White- Proprietor (see above)

George E. Bush, Clerk
b- 1863, d- Sept 21, 1932, age 69
buried in Bienfait Cemetery

J. Earl Goddard, CPR Agent
May 25, 1946 newspaper article claimed he was the Agent in Bienfait, for 30 years, and was transferred to Russell, MB
He was replaced by Mr. Kennedy from Broadview. Earl and his wife received gold watches from the early Bienfait residents.

John Mularky, Assistant CPR Agent

CNR Station- William “Bill” Henry Rigate, Agent
William (Bill) Henry Rigate
b- 1877 in England
birth reg bet Jan-Mar 1878, Reg Dist of St. Olave Southwark, London/Surrey Co, UK
d- ? in ON
wife- Ellen Emma Rigate, nee Daines
b- Sept 10, 1879 in London, England.
d- Sept 11, 1929 in Bienfait SK
married bet July-Sept 1902, Reg dist West Ashford, Kent Co, UK
William Rigate moved to Ontario and is buried there
More family history here

E. J. LaCoste
Garage and Repairs

James Lacoste
Garratt B. Lightfoot, Mechanic

Archibald “Archie” John Milligan, Pal Clerk
(First Secretary-Treasurer of the RM in 1913)

Mrs. William Henry Mularky, (Mularkey?)- Agent
actually Martha “Ruth” Mooney
b- ON
d- Dec 7, 1931
buried in Estevan City Cemetery,
married William Henry Mularkey, Sept 1, 1896, in Brown, Wisconsin USA
Father- Thomas Mooney, Mother- Martha Sunmierskill
More Mularkey info

June M. Norin
Kathelene M. Rogers
Margaret Easton

Ernest Philp, Carpenter
Ernest Alfred Philp
b- 1880,
d- July 20, 1950
buried in Estevan City Cemetery

James Kershaw, Carpenter
his Carpentry ad

William Vaughn, Carpenter

Yorkton Distributing Co.
Monte Rosebourne, Local Manager
b- 1878 England
d- May 18, 1940, Victoria BC, age 62, single
Aaron Shoop, Warehouseman

Harry Zellickson, Warehouseman
Harry was a farmer from Hirsch area, His name might have only had one l.
He assisted Paul Matoff, who was murdered in Bienfait.
He gave evidence at Matoff's murder trial.

George Grover, Truck Driver

(This company was owned by the Bronfmans and was alleged to be heavily involved in rum running in the 1920's)

James L. Salmond
his Blacksmith ad

Frederick “Fred” Deason, Cartage
b- ?,
d- Dec 12, 1955
buried in Estevan City Cemetery

Post Office

Valentine Doerr, Postmaster
Post Office History

A. W. Ellis, Autos for Hire

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