ECI Construction

Estevan Collegiate Institute
Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada



Photo- Contractor Mr. Harry Emerson McKenzie and his wife Jennie, nee Mill.
He was awarded the Contract to build ECI in Aug. 1912.

On Feb 20, 2010, I received a nice email from Joan Lytle, nee Wilkinson (ECI Alumni 1958-1962) who, as a School Project, wrote a letter to Mrs. Jennie McKenzie the Wife of Estevan Builder, Harry Emerson (Mac) McKenzie, Jennie June McKenzie, nee Mill, who was born to Rial and Carrie Mill, at Schaler, Iowa on July 6, 1889. She died July 23, 1980, and is buried in Estevan City Cemetery. She married Mac, June 24, 1909 in Estevan, by the sounds of the letter below.

Below is Mrs. McKenzie's reply to Joan in 1955. Here she describes coming from Iowa to Estevan, on Apr 5, 1905, by train. The Mill family lived in Strubel, Archer, Sheldon, Hudson and Reinbeck, Iowa before they came to Canada.

Some very interesting historical information included. (2 pages) Please click to enlarge.


Thank you Joan for sharing




This picture is showing Roof Construction. Approx. value at the time was $47,000. Designed by Messrs Storey and Van Egmond, Regina Architects.


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Click to view the original blueprints

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Cornerstone laid by Hon. W. R. Motherwell, Then Provincial Minister of Agriculture, On Sept 20th, 1912



Estevan Collegiate Institute ca-1930
Not Much in Westview at the time!


Estevan Collegiate Institute Collegiate opened for classes Jan. 22, 1914. (Above the door it said built in 1912)



Picture ca-1949. Opened Friday Oct 28, 1949 by Education Minister W. S. Lloyd.
(New Gym on left and new Vocational Training Wing on Right Front). The Vocational Wing was built at a cost of $128,000.00. It was started in 1947, but due to a shortage of materials, it wasn't closed in until 1948. It was first used in September of 1949.

In the Vocational Wing there were classrooms for Commercial work, and in the work shops, machines for wood working, metal work, motor mechanics, and drafting.

City of Estevan issued debentures fro $1,000 and a grant of $58,850 from the Dominion and Provincial Governments. An Equipment Grant of approx $12,000 from the Dominion and Provincial Governments and the School to put up $6,400.

Speakers at the opening:

  • Mayor of Estevan, Harry Nicholson
  • A. P. Miller, Torquay, of larger School Unit #2
  • and Edward McCormack, MLA, Souris



1958
(New West classroom Wing on Right)
The West Wing Classrooms were added in 1958, Construction started in 1957


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