Location of Calder, Saskatchewan
|Incorporated (village)||January 18, 1911|
|• Type||Calder Village Council|
|• Mayor||Doug McKenzie|
|• Councillor||Vaughn Shipp|
|• Councillor||Kaili Strand|
|• Total||30 km2 (12 sq mi)|
|Elevation||526 m (1,725 ft)|
|Postal Code||S0A 0K0|
Calder is a village located in Calder Rural municipality No. 241 in south-eastern Saskatchewan, Canada. The population was 80 in the 2006 census. After the 2011 census, the population had risen to 97, an increase of 21%. The village lies approximately 56 km east of Yorkton, Saskatchewan and 35 km west of Roblin, Manitoba, approximately 5 km south of Highway 8
The history of Calder goes back to 1888, when a number of Icelanders and others settled just to the south of the present village, calling it the "Logberg" district or "Logberg of the Northwest Territories". By the year 1897, the Icelanders and their other neighbors were quite comfortably settled when a group of Ruthenians from the Austrian provinces of Bukovina and Galicia started arriving by rail between 1897–1898 at Saltcoats. Government agents escorted the new settlers to quarter sections of land where they homesteaded within a five to ten mile radius of the present site of Calder. Additional Romanian immigrants from Bucovina continued to homestead remaining sections south of Calder between 1899–1905.
In the fall of 1910, the Canadian Northern Railway came through and called the site "Third Siding West of Shellmouth". The rail reached the homestead of Mike Rohatensky before halting construction for the winter months. A railway loop was built in Calder where the train turned and journeyed back to Russell.
A petition dated October, 1910 for incorporating a village was signed by 13 local business leaders and by January 18, 1911 permission was granted for incorporating a village named after MLA James Alexander Calder. The first elections to form a town council were held on January 6, 1911.
In 1929, the Calder Electric Company brought electric power to the village and several street lamps were erected.
There is only one business remaining in town which is the Calder Hotel and Tavern, owned and operated by the Village Mayor, Doug McKenzie.
Historical education: In 1891, Rothbury School was built followed by Minerva School in 1895. These schools to the south of the Icelandic settlement were too great a distance for the Ukrainians to attend. Thus, they applied for schools closer by. The first one to be built in the immediate five-mile radius was Chernawka School, erected in 1906, 1½ miles east of the village site. It was named after a village in Bucovina. Mostetz School was built in 1907, named after homesteader Henry Mostoway and Torsk School was erected about the same time.
It wasn't until after the railway came through and the village of Calder was incorporated in 1911, that Calder School District #515 was established. A lean-to was built onto a poolroom on Main Street and in this makeshift schoolroom was where first classes were held with Miss Fannie Brown as teacher. In 1912 a two-story school was erected. In 1914 the school was closed due to a small pox epidemic and in 1917 the school was closed for three months due to the influenza epidemic. High school grades weren't offered until 1922. In 1929 a third room was added, which became the room for the high school grades.
By the year 1954, rural schools were facing closure and some of these students were then bussed into Calder. Thus, a new school was built in 1961 to accommodate the increasing attendance. Two of the buildings from the old school on Main Street were moved to the current Calder School premises to become classrooms. Also, at this time, Calder School became part of the Kamsack School Unit.
From 1961 to 1966, seven classrooms were in operation. In 1967, Grades 10, 11 and 12 transferred to the Yorkton Regional High School. It wasn't until the 1998 that the Grade 9 classes were transferred to school in Yorkton. Currently the school teaches grades K-8.
Calder celebrated the Province of Saskatchewan's Centennial July 30 – 31st, 2005 with over 600 current and previous residents in attendance. In July 2011 the village held its 100th anniversary.
- Lat (DMS) 51° 09' 30" N
- Long (DMS) - 101° 45' 00" W
- Time zone (CST) GMT - 6
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