Reno Hill School District 5158; Memories of When the Water Came
The price paid for electricity
Sing praises to the Squaw Rapids dam
And power that its giving.
But all who lived at Mossy Vale,
Their lives have changed forever.
For things they knew and loved so much
Again they'll see them never.
No more the kids will see their homes,
Though heart and soul be crying;
Gone are the haunts they loved so well,
'Neath Tobin Lake they're lying.
By Edith (Young) Vereshagin
Written after and inspired by the 1978 reunion at Reno Hill (excerpt)
- “Change is the parent of progress.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
- "The creation of huge reservoirs allows some control over the flow of the river itself. . . . But the [river] is not just a machine. It is an organic machine. . . . For no matter how much we have created many of its spaces and altered its behavior, it is still tied to larger organic cycles beyond our control." White p. 111-12
"Dams for hydroelectric power generation are located at a site
where the difference in elevations between the surface of the new reservoir and the outlet to the
downstream river is adequate to power electrical-generating turbines."Cech [2003, p150-15
"Mr Schell always predicted that with the water power potential for cheap electricity and the abundance of natural resources, Nipawin would eventually grow into a city, and was very concerned when the townsite was laid out that the streets be kept wide, rather than the then popular narrow ones, and that as many pines as possible be left in and around the townsite." [Mr Winn Schell printed the first newspaper in Nipawin - The Monitor in 1907 later called The Recorder]Schaible p. 842
"It was known from experience where stands of pine and spruce had been flooded during water control projects that trees were still standing after 20 to 30 years...this would have destroyed the recreational potential of Tobin Lake for many years, and would have reduced its usable surface area by two-thirds," said Resources Minister Eiling Kramer.Leader-Post Oct 2, 1963.
- “We should strive to welcome change and challenges, because they are what help us grow. With out them we grow weak like the Eloi in comfort and security. We need to constantly be challenging ourselves in order to strengthen our character and increase our intelligence. ”
- "In all, 100 families were affected, most of them already located in the same general area. They received an average of $55 an acre (4000 m2 or .004 km2 $35,200 a section or $8,800 a quarter section.CP Oct 26, 1962
- "When the water backs up after the 1962 spring breakup in the river ice, the Petaigan River will burst its banks and disappear, and a church, a school, a curling rink and a farmer's union lodge, as well as scores of farm homes, will vanish in the Petaigan district."Hooper March 1960
Having no electricity, we were fortunate to have an ice well; our milk and cream we hung down the well in cans. We canned everything we could; meat, game, chicken, turkey, and all kinds of fruit wild and cultivated - so we were rarely at a loss for a quick meal if somebody unexpected dropped in.Horn p. 260
Miss Dengate began teaching at Inkster School, with an enrollment of some 37 children spanning ten grades. She hadn't any experience with one-room schools, and so had to learn a lot in a short time. The school was far from luxurious, with its outdoor plumbing and water pail and dipper, quite a change for someone from England, used to having electricity and indoor plumbing. There was a big stove on which the children would leave their lunch pails to thaw, as it would freeze on the way to school and stay frozen if left on the floor.Haywood p. 681
In 1945, a new home was built, but still no plumbing or electricity.Pihowich p. 777
“Reshaping life! People who can say that have never understood a thing about life—they have never felt its breath, its heartbeat—however much they have seen or done. They look on it as a lump of raw material that needs to be processed by them, to be ennobled by their touch. But life is never a material, a substance to be molded. If you want to know, life is the principle of self-renewal, it is constantly renewing and remaking and changing and transfiguring itself, it is infinitely beyond your or my obtuse theories about it.”
Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago
"With other companies pushing forward in potash production, in 10 years time provincial potash production should reach $100,000,000 a year," said Premier Woodrow Stanley Lloyd, "The estimated power production for 1963 is 2,000,000,000 kilowatts, five times the production of 10 years ago....This kind of development and announced intention will help keep our place as the fourth largest producer of minerals among Canadian provinces." Leader-Post Jan 1963. Lloyd was also quoted as saying, "there are good reasons for satisfaction in a review of developments in Saskatchewan during 1962. One of the highlights of the economic year has been the surge of activity in connection with our mineral resources. With the opening of the world's largest potash production plant at Esterhazy, and with 15 other firms actively engaged in potash exploration or development Saskatchewan now has a claim to the title of "World Potash Capital." Our farm electrification program has nearly reached completion this year and the total of farm homes electrified has been brought to nearly 63,000."Saskatoon Star-Phoenix Dec 1962.
- “People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change.”
Anthony de Mello, Awareness: A de Mello Spirituality Conference in His Own Words
The area was filled with settlers who did not give up. The Ravendale Frienship club grew together as ladies of the community gathered for an afternoon outing. Well, as the Squaw Rapids Development commenced, the club dwindled as folks gave up their land, and moved away. But, there was no despair, there was no wailing, with steady faith, the club soon built up again, flourishing and able once again to help the community wherever they were able. They were open to love, light and laughter.
The rail finally came through over hill and dale, through swamp and over river, however it arrived four miles outside of the town of Nipawin. This did not mean the end of Nipawin, resilient, forward thinking and stalwart, the townspeople picked up their houses and their buildings and moved them north beside the rail. These were a people looking at the glass half full, not half empty.
- “When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change... The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back...[It is] time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym
Article written by Julia Adamson, Sask Gen Webmaster.
Squaw Rapids ReelBy Don Messer
|Squaw Rapids dam a symbol of might,Brings steady power both day and night, |
Through summer, winter, spring and fall
Steady power - now reverse all.
The SPC's pledged to bring
Reliable power for everything.
To serve you well that is their aim
Now all get set, four ladies chain
Prepared site for the Mossy Vale cairn.
- Mossy Vale School, Circa 1940
- Mosse Vale School Class: War Dramatization (1944)
- Teachers of Mossy Vale School 1943-1961
- Mossy Vale School Students, Circa 1948
- Mossy Vale School Students 1957-58
- Mossy Vale School Teacher 1958
Neighbouring placesPetaigan post office had three locations:
- north west quarter of section 33 township 51 range 11 west of the 2nd meridian 1953
- NW quarter section 22, township 51, range 11, west of the 2 meridian
- SE Section 4, Township 52, Range 11, west of the 2 meridian
Moose Range post office North west quarter of section 16 township 49 range 12 west of the 2nd meridian
Petaigan River geographical feature (waterway)
Garrick hamlet Northwest section 17 township 52 range 16 west of the 2nd meridian
Beaver House post office north east quarter section 34 township 50 range 15 west of the 2 meridian
Ravine Bank (two locations) Section 14, Township 51, Range 14, west of the 2nd meridian
and Section 16, Township 50, Range 14, west of the 2nd meridian
Prince Albert township 38 range 26 west of the 2nd meridian
Carrot River section 17 township 49 range 11 west of the 2 meridian
Nipawin section 16 township 50 range 14 west of the 2 meridian
Pioneer Ways to Modern Days : history of the town of Carrot River and the Rural Municipality of Moose Range.
Carrot River & District History (Association). Carrot River, Saskatchewan: Carrot River & District History, 1985
Jess. Reno Hill School District 5158, south east section 18 township 53 range 11 west of the 2 meridian near Mossy Vale- Saskatchewan Gen Web - One room School Project March 8, 2013.
For more information:
- Saskatchewan School Inspection of One Room Schoolhouses
- Distance Learning ~The History of the Saskatchewan Correspondence School
The Drastic Shortage of Teachers in Saskatchewan's History and A small sampling of Teacher wanted ads.
- The Era of Saskatchewan One Room Schoolhouses
- One Room Schoolhouse Naming
- Saskatchewan Normal Schools
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