Carlyle, Saskatchewan, Canada

“Old” Carlyle was located on NW Section 26, Township 7, Range 3, W2
On the East Side of Swift Creek.

Part of my Dad's 1927 Map of this area.

Original or “Old” Carlyle, was established by John Gillanders Turriff(see Bio and Genealogy info below)

  • Village Status- 1902
  • Incorporated as Town Status- 1905


  • N Section 7, Township 8, Range 2, W2
  • Latitude- 49º 38' 7“ N
  • Longitude- 102º 15' 59” W
  • Elevation 2073 ft
  • Located in RM of Moose Mountain

Area surveyed in 1881

Located on the Canadian Pacific Railroad, CPR, in 1927, between Arcola and Manor

Red line in map below, is part of what is now Highway 13

Part of my Dad's 1927 Map of this area.

Elevator, Post Office, Telegraph Office and Gas Station in 1927

Sept 1903 Grain Elevators in Carlyle

  • D. H. Norris-
  • Porteus & Hamell-
  • Lawler Bros.-
  • Farmers Elevator Co.-
  • all 4 with 25,000 bushel capacity each

Post Office History

  • Carlyle
  • Federal Electoral District: Moose Mountain (SK)
  • Office Opened Dec 1, 1883
  • Section 26, Township 7, Range 3, W2

Postmaster Information:

Name of Postmaster Military Status Date of Birth Date of Appointment Date of Vacancy Cause of Vacancy
John Gillanders Turriff
(see below)
1883-12-01 1889-08-26 Resignation
John W. Willcox 1891-10-01 1898-09-05 Resignation
Charles W. Scott
(see below)
1899-01-01 1900-12-03 Resignation
George Riddell 1901-02-01 1930-04-02 Resignation
John William Read
(see below)
OAS WWI Apr 22, 1888 1931-01-07 1950-01-02 Retirement
Walker Fuller Read OAS WWII 1949-10-01 Acting
Walker Fuller Read 1950-10-01 1973-09-21
Sinclair R. Clark 1972-09-22 1973-01-08
Mrs. Ida P. MacKinnon 1973-01-09 1982-03-05 Retirement
Sinclair Clark 1982-03-05 Acting
Darwyn Hoimyr 1982-05-14
D. Apshkrum 1989-10-27 Retirement

Disclaimer- 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

Additional Information:
• PO 1780-1   • Private Building    • Sec.7, Twp.8, R.2, W3    • Semi-staff Grade 6

Genealogy of Names above

John Gillanders Turriff

  • First Post Master, founder of “Old” Carlyle
  • b- Dec 14, 1855 in Little-Metis, Quebec, Canada
  • d- Nov 10, 1930 at home, in Ottawa, ON, Canada, age 75
  • Buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, ON
  • son of Robert Turriff, and Jane Gillanders
  • John married Eva Louisa Josephine Bartlett-Buchanon, Oct 1, 1884 in Carlyle NWT. (SK.)
    • b- ?
    • d- Oct 7, 1897
  • He had 3 daughters and a Son:
  • Clementina (Clementine) Hilda Turriff, b-Dec 31, 1892 in Alameda NWT (age 29, in 1921)
  • Edith Agness Turriff, b- Mar 1886, (age 34 in 1921) in Carlyle, SK , d- Dec 20, 1965 in Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa ON.
  • Mary W. Turriff, b- July 1888 in Carlyle NWT (Mrs J. E. Adamson of Winnipeg MB)
  • Robert Sifton Turriff, b- Mar 10, 1896, in Alameda, NWT, killed Sept 15, 1916 in WWI. Private, Reg #411072
  • Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.)
  • John re-married Catherine Mary Wilson, Mar 1, 1900, in Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
    • b- Aug 29, 1861, Ingersoll ON
    • d- Dec 9, 1958 in Seattle, WA, USA
  • daughter of George Wilson and Christina Grieve
  • 1873 he left his father's home and moved to Montreal.
  • He left to head west in spring of 1878, locating at Manitou, NWT.
  • Here he farmed for 4 years until moving to the Moose Mountain area, District of Assiniboia, in 1882.
  • 1884 he became the Representative in the Legislature of the Territories
  • In 1891 he resigned his Local seat, and ran against Edward Dewdney in the Dominion Government.
  • He lost that election, but remained in Assiniboia until 1898, when he was appointed Dominion Land Commissioner.
  • He resigned his position of Dominion Land Commissioner, in the Interior Department
  • To run as a Liberal in East Assiniboia.
  • He was appointed a Senator. (Shown as a Senator in 1921 Census)
  • He was President of the St. Andrews Society in Ottawa.
  • Methodist Religion, Scottish ancestry.
Charles William Scott
  • b- Sept 12, 1867, in ON
  • d-
  • Shown as a resident of Carlyle in 1885
  • 1891 in Broadview Assa.
  • Merchant in 1901 in Carlyle
  • married Martha Elizabeth Victoria Scott, nee Eaton
    • b- Aug 26, 1870, in ON
    • d-
  • daughter- Winnifred Victoria Scott
    • b- Aug 31, 1898, Assa, (SK)
John William Read
  • b- Apr 22, 1888 in Cambridgeshire England
  • d-
  • Reg # 276155
  • next of kin, father, William Read
  • Whiteman rd. March???
  • Farmer when he enlisted Feb 23, 1916 in Moosomin

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch #248
319 5th St W., Carlyle, SK S0C 0R0
Phone: 306-453-6174

I usually do not comment or add info on the modern businesses.
but have to make the odd exception-
Also included on our stop was the Carlyle Bakery for Cinnamon Buns with Raisins!!! Words can't describe these.
I ate them back in early 1960's and they are as good today!

My wife dragged me into the quilt shop, Carlyle Sew & Sews, next to the Carlyle Bakery, and I can say it is one of the cleanest, well laid out, uncluttered, Quilt Shop this husband has been forced to endure. You have to check out her Canada 150 Quilt here. This store was a total surprise, and a very pleasant owner, for a whole package. Quilting is on a comeback, so stop here, you will not be disappointed. But like all quilt stores, you need to put a couple chairs at the door, with a little TV, for the guys. It will pay for itself in no time!! Happy Husband, Happy Customer, more $$'s spent, it is simple math! This goes for any ladies store, by the way!

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Carlyle History Book
Prairie Trails to Blacktop Carlyle and District, 1882-1982
Note- there is a New History Book for the area, available at the Town Office for $60.

Carlyle Cemeteries

Glen Morris Cemetery
NW Section 20, Township 8, Range 2, W2

West Carlyle Cemetery
SW Section 34, Township 7, Range 3, W2

Town Web site

Carlyle Observer Newspaper

Originally Created Sept 5, 2011**


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