Leipzig - Saskatchewan - Town Info
Village of Leipzig
Written by Frank J. Miller
Chain of Memories - Leipzig and District - 1905-1990
Following is some early history in general as well as I can remember as to the beginning of the village of Leizpig, Saskatchewan and hope same will be of interest to some people.
The village was incorporated as the Village of Leipzig in 1913 with the Village Seal. The question was often asked as to why this village was named Leipzig. This question was tossed around as few times in years gone by with no success. I will now give you my version of what I was told by some first tax payers to the villlage. They stated that in 1908 the village of Coblenz was named after a large city in Germany. Since Coblenz and Leipzig were two large cities in Germany and were now two neighboring villages in Saskatchewan, the name Leipzig seemed appropriate. With the people in the area being predominantly German, this name was accepted with the full approval of the CPR railway. (If there is somebody still around somewhere that has information contrary as given, his or her comments would be greatly appreciated.)
In 1912, shortly after the Leipzig Hotel was under construction, a grocery store was built by Mr. Tony Kaufmann. On the front of the store was a nicely printed sign -- T. Kaufmann General Merchant. The next building that followed was the Marshall Wells Hardware Store owned and operated by Mr. Vincent Schweda. Most of the other building in the village was donw the following year, being 1913. The Poll Room was built by my uncle Joseph Miller and the livery barn by my Uncle Jacob Miller. He too had a nice sign on the front reading "Livery Barn and Transport". In those days all transportation was done with horse and this was a good business to be in. Later a butchershop was built by Mr. Adam Bitz. Also, the early summer of 1913 saw a Western Canada Saw Mills Ltd. lumber yard and coal shed located in Leipzig. As there was a lot of building going on everywhere, this lumber and coal business was badly needed and received a hearty welcome from the people in the district. This lumber yard was managed by Mr. William Delainey, who after closing his store in Coblenz in early 1913, had his house and family moved to Leipzig. But a few years later, this lumber yard was name the Security Lumber Co. Ltd. After Mr. Willaim Delainey's retirement his son, Thomas Delainey managed the lumber yard.
In those days there were a lot of people around. There were at least two families living on every section tht was homestead land and most families were large. It took a long time to break up a quarter section of virgin prairie land with only horse and oxen power available. Most all of the people in the Leipzig area were of German origin including the business people, which made Leipzig a booming village with a large trading area.
The first meeting of the village of Leipzig was held on October 13, 1913, in which Mr. Robert R. Jones acted as temporary secretary. The second meeting was held November 10, 1913, in which Mr. Robert R. Jones was hired as a full time secretary. Mr. Jones, having some education, was also the first manager of the Seed Farm Ltd., a syndicate originating mostly from Chicago, USA. When the CPR branch line pushed through from Wilkie to Kelfield in 1912, they saw Leipzig as a good farming area to invest in, so the building of a residence for Mr. Robert R. Jones got underway in the summer of 1912. This was followed by the building of a large horse barn, and then a hog barm. Mr. Joes, as manager of the Seed farm, was more or less short lived and a special meeting was called by the village council. On April 22, 1914, they accepted the resignation of Mr. Jones as the village secretary and he soon left the district. A new manager by the name of Mr. A. R. Pierce soon arrived replacing Mr. Jones. At this time the Seed Farm Ltd. was farming at least three sections, mostly CPR land, in the vicinity of Leipzig. In 1915 there was a bumper crop with mostly all #1 wheat and the price for wheat was good compared to all the other material and supplies farmers had to buy. This was due to the First World War which started in 1914. So most of all farmers, including the Seed Farm, had a very good year. However the following years did not turn out too well due to early frost and some dought. Around 1921 this Seed Farm declared bankruptcy and sometime later a public auction sale was held. In about 1930 the Seed Farm Ltd. was struck off the record from the register -- re the land Company Act of Canada.
Earlies I spoke of how Leipzig got its' name. More to Come!!
I will now try to give your some history regarding the first school days in Leipzig. More to Come!!
With three people appointed to act on the school board, Mr. Joseph P. Kane stayed in Leipzig as the teacher until the closing of the school year in 1918. More to Come!!
At a village council meeted dated August 10, 1917, an application received from the newly formed Leipzig Rural Telephone Co. was discussed in which they askated for permission to erect telephone poles on the streets. More to Come!!
In 1912 I was five years old but in the care of my older sisters. More to Come!!
This was the end of business in the village of Leipzig, except for the hotel which houses the beer parlor. More to Come!!
I remember quite well watching Charles Frazell, the first blacksmith in Leipzig, shoeing horses. More to Come!!
Back in those early days the people in the village, on certain evenings, got together and bought an eight gallon keg of beer. More to Come!!
In those days the police, known as the Mounties, rode into the village on horseback only about twice all year and in pairs of two, as it could have been risky for one alone. More to Come!!
In those days most people had large families so owning a cow or two in a village was a must, but was actually against the law. More to Come!!
In 1918 the Quaker Oats Company, with their head office and flour mill in Saskatoon, chose the village of Leipzig to build an elevator. More to Come!!
Shown here is a copy of a souvenir envelope honouring the village of Leipzig, Saskatchewan name after the city, Leipzig in Germany. More to Come!!
Shown here in a Royal Bank Cheque -- Leipzig Branch, Leipzig, Saskatchewan. More to Come!!
These are some of the most important events that I can recall as to the beginning of the village of Leipzig.