St. Walburg, Saskatchewan

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St. Walburg
Town
View of St. Walburg
View of St. Walburg
St. Walburg is located in Saskatchewan
St. Walburg
St. Walburg
Coordinates: 53°38′01″N 109°12′02″W / 53.6335°N 109.2006°W / 53.6335; -109.2006
Country  Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Census division Division No. 17
Rural Municipality Frenchman Butte
Post office Founded 1915
Government
 • Mayor Tony Leeson
 • Administrator Leah Mullis
 • MLA Constituency of Meadow Lake Jeremy Harrison
 • MP Battlefords—Lloydminster Gerry Ritz
Area
 • Total 2.12 km2 (0.82 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 716
 • Density 338.0/km2 (875/sq mi)
Time zone CST
Postal code S0M 2T0
Area code(s) 306
Highways Highway 26
Website http://www.stwalburg.com/
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St. Walburg is a town located in west-central Saskatchewan's prairie region on Saskatchewan Highway 26. St. Walburg is surrounded by the Rural Municipality of Frenchman Butte No. 501. 10 kilometres to the north is the Bronson Provincial Forest.

Central area of St. Walburg

History[edit]

The town and surrounding area was originally settled mostly by German settlers between the 1910s and 1930s with a few Polish, Ukrainian and French settlers arriving later.

The Canadian Northern Railway continued its branch line from Turtleford to St. Walburg in 1919 which caused a boom in the area. Many homesteaders arrived within months. A sad note for the community was when the Canadian National Railway abandoned its rail line from North Battleford to St. Walburg in 2005 when the remaining grain elevators on the line closed. The line was officially abandoned in 2008.

Demographics[edit]

St. Walburg legal land description: SE-5-54-22-W3

Economy[edit]

The main economies are grain and some cattle farming. The oil and natural gas industries are become increasingly important in the area. There are a large number of businesses in the town as the town enjoys a fairly large amount of economic prosperity.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Count Berthold von Imhoff (1868–1939)[8] an artist known for his religious murals and paintings[9][10] homesteaded southwest of St. Walburg in 1914. In 1937 he was awarded a Knighthood in the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Pius XI.[11] He is buried in the St. Walburg Cemetery next to his wife Matilda. The Imhoff Museum (the home, studio and farm of Imhoff) was designated a Saskatchewan Heritage Property in 1993.[12]
  • A life size equestrian statue[13] honouring Imhoff by St. Walburg artist Susan Velder[14] is located in the village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, retrieved 2013-05-15 
  2. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System (– Scholar search), retrieved 2013-05-15 
  3. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency 
  4. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line 
  5. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". Canada 2011 Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  6. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". Canada 2006 Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  7. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". Canada 2001 Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-11. 
  8. ^ "Count Berthold Von Imhoff". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  9. ^ "Virtual Saskatchewan (Count Berthold Von Imhoff)". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  10. ^ "Imhoff Gallery". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  11. ^ "Count Berthold Von Imhoff". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  12. ^ "Municipal Heritage Property (Saskatchewan)". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  13. ^ "Count Berthold Von Imhoff". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  14. ^ "Saskatchewan Artist (Susan Velder)". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  15. ^ "Profile of Cal Nichols". Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

External links[edit]

North: Loon Lake, Saskatchewan Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
West: Paradise Hill, Saskatchewan Lloydminster, Alberta St. Walburg East: Turtleford, Saskatchewan Glaslyn, Saskatchewan
South: Maidstone, Saskatchewan

Coordinates: 53°39′N 109°12′W / 53.650°N 109.200°W / 53.650; -109.200