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Save the Park Committee Inc., 1987-1994

  • PA 371
  • Corporate
  • 1987-1994

On January 23, 1987 a public gathering was held in Regina, Saskatchewan to discuss the proposed construction of a new facility for the Mackenzie Art Gallery in front of the Saskatchewan Museum of Natural History in Wascana Park. The majority of the 350 people in attendance were opposed to the project. Twenty-four people volunteered to serve on a committee that would work to prevent the building of the gallery on the proposed site and assist the Mackenzie Art Gallery to identify an alternate site. Shortly after the meeting the Save the Park Committee was established.

The Save the Park Committee Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization on June 25, 1987 in Regina. The committee, which maintained an office in downtown Regina, included Dr. Morris Shumiatcher (chairman); Dr. Donovan Brown (vice-chairman); Jackie Hoag (chairman of finance committee) and Colin Laughlin (publicity). From January to March, 1987 the committee received many letters and telephone calls supporting its work. The committee communicated with the public through print advertising, direct telephone calls and public meetings.

On March 16, 1987 the Save the Park Committee presented Regina City Council with a petition containing over 10,000 signatures protesting the City's pledge of $1,050, 000 for construction on the museum site. A plebiscite was held on September 30, 1987 to determine if Regina citizens were in favor of the Mackenzie complex on the museum site. Regina citizens voted against the proposed plan. The new facility for the Mackenzie Art Gallery was opened in the T.C. Douglas Building at 3475 Albert Street in August, 1990.

The Save the Park Committee Inc. was dissolved on November 30, 1994.

Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association, Camp Balmoral #177 (Regina, SK), 1896-

  • PA 301
  • Corporate
  • 1896-

The Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association was first organized in Toronto in 1876 as a fraternal association for Canadians who were native-born Scots. It aimed to provide mutual benefits and family protection for its members, and to preserve and promote Scottish heritage.

Camp Balmoral No. 177 of the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association was formed on February 11, 1896 at Forrester's Hall in Regina, North-West Territories. Twenty-three men became charter members, many of whom were prominent politicians and businessmen in Regina. The Camp followed the constitution and rituals set out by the Sons of Scotland Grand Camp, and participated in the Association's insurance program.

Notable members in the early years of Camp Balmoral No. 177 include Premiers of Saskatchewan T. Walter Scott and William Melville Martin, and Mayors of Regina James Grassick, Peter McAra and James Balfour. As well, Thomas Clement Douglas was a member of Camp Balmoral No.177 during his years in Regina.

A change in membership requirements allowed those who claimed Scottish descent through heritage or through a spouse's Scottish descent to join. Women were first allowed into Camp Balmoral in 1954. The Camp's first female Chief was Elizabeth “Bessie” MacMillan in 1962.

In its commitment to benevolence, Camp Balmoral No. 177 has offered bursaries to its members or their relatives enrolled in post-secondary educational programs.

Through its history, Camp Balmoral No. 177 has organized or been involved in many activities that preserve and promote Scottish heritage in Regina. Annual events organized by the Camp include the Robbie Burns Banquet celebrating Burns' contributions to Scottish heritage, and the Kirkin O' the Tartan worship service paying tribute to early Scots' efforts to preserve the tartan. More recently, it has sponsored an annual dance competition of the Regina Highland Dancing Association. Camp Balmoral No. 177 has also participated, as part of the Scottish Society of Regina, in organizing the Scottish pavilion at Mosaic. Annual events for Camp members have included picnics, ceilidhs, barbeques and Christmas parties. Special celebrations took place in 1946 for Camp's 50th Anniversary and in 1996 for its 100th Anniversary.

Camp Balmoral No. 177 is (2005) the only remaining Camp of the Sons of Scotland Benevolent Association existing in Saskatchewan. It continues to hold meetings on the third Friday of each month at the Oddfellow's Hall in Regina.

Southern Saskatchewan Co-operative Stock Yards, Limited, 1919-1965

  • PA 266
  • Corporate
  • 1919-1965

The Southern Saskatchewan Co-operative Stock Yards, Limited was incorporated in 1919 pursuant to An Act to Incorporate The Southern Saskatchewan Co-operative Stock Yards, Limited (SS.1918-19, c.88). The company, based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, operated stockyards where livestock, including cattle, pigs, and sheep, were purchased and sold. Moose Jaw's location at the junction point of the Canadian Pacific Railway line to Winnipeg, Manitoba and the Soo Line to St. Paul, Minneapolis helped make the company the largest of its kind in the province.

The company was established by a group of nine farmers and ranchers from the Moose Jaw area. The nine provisional directors of the company first met in Moose Jaw on February 14, 1919 and began selling shares shortly thereafter. Edward Evans was appointed manager and Angus Macpherson was named secretary-treasurer.

The first general shareholders' meeting was held on June 18, 1919. The company's by-laws were adopted and John H. Grayson and Olaf Olafson were elected president and vice-president respectively. The company was directed by a board of directors and an executive committee while the day-to-day responsibilities were handled by the manager and secretary-treasurer.

In 1964, the company sold its land, buildings, equipment and inventory to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, who took over the operation on July 1, 1964. The Southern Saskatchewan Co-operative Stock Yards Ltd. was dissolved on February 26, 1965.

StarPhoenix, 1928-

  • PA 08
  • Corporate
  • 1928-

The StarPhoenix daily newspaper was created in 1928 as the result of the amalgamation of two different newspapers in Saskatoon, The Daily Phoenix and The Daily Star serving central and northern Saskatchewan.

The Daily Phoenix was started as Saskatoon's first printed newspaper, the Saskatoon Phenix on October 17, 1902 by the Norman brothers G. Wesley and Leonard. It was purchased by a company headed by Dr. J.H.C. Willoughby in 1905 and sold shortly after to J.A. Aiken who changed the name to The Daily Phoenix. The Daily Star began May 12, 1906 as a weekly publication called The Capital owned by G.M. Thompson and C.E. Tyron. It became a daily issue in 1909 and changed ownership to W.F. Herman and Talmage Lawson in March of 1912 who then named it the Daily Star.

In the fall of 1918, Northern Publishers, a subsidiary of the Leader Publishing Company in Regina, bought the Daily Phoenix. On January 31, 1923 the Meilicke family who were shareholders in the Leader Publishing Company purchased both The Daily Star and The Daily Phoenix. Both publications were then sold to Clifford Sifton on January 1, 1928 and were amalgamated into one newspaper named the Star-Phoenix on September 12 of that year. The Sifton family continued ownership until February 27, 1996 when the paper was sold to Hollinger Newspapers. The StarPhoenix was purchased by CanWest Global Communications Corporation on July 31, 2000.

In its history the newspaper's title heading has appeared in various forms, including Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and Star Phoenix, but the current presentation is StarPhoenix.

Storey and Van Egmond, 1907-1949

  • PA 69
  • Corporate
  • 1907-1949

The architectural firm of Storey and Van Egmond was created in Regina, Saskatchewan ca. 1907 as a venture between two architects: Edgar M. Storey and William Gysbrect Van Egmond.

Born in 1863 in Cherry Valley, Ontario, Edgar M. Storey was employed at the architectural firm of R.P. White in Brooklyn, New York from 1880 until 1893, at which time he returned to Ontario and established an architectural practice in Kingston. In 1906, Storey and his son Stanley moved to Regina where Storey began working as an architect. His wife and three other children joined them in 1907.

William G. Van Egmond was born in Egmondville, Ontario in 1883. He studied at the Beaux-Arts School in Toronto; worked as a draftsman with Gowinlock and Baker; and in New York City. After his marriage in 1906, the Van Egmonds moved to Regina where Van Egmond was hired as a draftsman by Edgar Storey.

The professional partnership between Storey and Van Egmond began ca. 1907 with their winning design for the Albert School building in north Regina. In 1911, the Storey and Van Egmond firm was located at the McCallum-Hill building which the firm had designed. Until the death of Edgar Storey in 1913, the two architects designed many well-known public and private dwellings in Saskatchewan and in other provinces and American states as "Storey and Van Egmond". Noteable buildings from this period included the Regina YMCA; courthouses in Saskatoon and North Battleford; the Regina Jail; Kings Hotel in Regina, and homes for prominent residents in Regina and Saskatoon.

The architectural firm continued to design buildings under the name Storey and Van Egmond until 1924 when the name was changed to Van Egmond and Storey. This name change reflected the partnership of Van Egmond and Stanley Storey, son of Edgar Storey. After apprenticing as a draftsman with the firm, Stan Storey studied architecture at Queen's University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served in the First World War and in 1918 returned to Regina to take up offices with Van Egmond.

Together, Van Egmond and Storey continued to design noteworthy buildings in Saskatchewan for 30 more years, until the death of Van Egmond in 1949. The firm designed schools, offices, hospitals, apartment buildings, telephone offices; warehouses; commercial properties and churches around the province. In Regina, buildings included the Grey Nuns' Hospital (1926, 1929); the Balfour Apartments (1929); and estate homes in Lakeview and the Crescents.

Following Van Egmond's death in 1949, Stan Storey entered into partnership with Regina architect Wen C. Marvin, another Regina architect, Together they designed under the name Storey and Marvin.

Sweet Adelines Inc. Regina Chapter, 1962-2005

  • PA 292
  • Corporate
  • 1962-2005

The Regina Chorus, Sweet Adelines International was informally established in Regina, Saskatchewan in October, 1962. An organizational meeting was attended by wives of men belonging to a barbershop-style chorus, who were interested in forming a similar chorus for women. The female chorus held its first practice on January 13, 1963 with twelve members and Director Harry Lester present. The chorus received its membership charter from Sweet Adelines Incorporated on March 17, 1964. Harry Lester stayed on as Director until October, 1967 when he retired for health reasons. His replacement was Ken Holzer who would continue as Director until his retirement in December, 2003.

Under Holzer's direction, the Regina Chorus performed at various local engagements and community events, at its annual shows, and at regional competitions throughout western Canada and, until 1981, the north-western United States. The Regina Chorus hosted regional competitions in 1978, 1984 and 1992. A number of barbershop quartets were also formed from members of the Regina Chorus including in early years the Overtones, the Prairieaires, the Novatones, and in later years Blue Sage and Uptown. Membership in the Chorus held between thirty and fifty singers during this period; however, membership began to decline in the early 2000s.

Chorus member Hazel MacMurchy became Co-Director in 2003 and Director of the Chorus in 2004. That year, the Chorus also applied to Sweet Adelines International for the name of the Chorus to be amended to City of the Plains Chorus. The name change officially took effect on July 1. Membership had declined to less than fifteen members and existence under the new chorus name would be short-lived. At a special meeting held on October 26, 2004, members present voted in favour of a proposal to disburse the chorus' physical assets and dissolve the City of the Plains Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. The Chorus hosted a Retirement Tea on January 23, 2005, attended by past and present members, which celebrated the forty years of the Regina Chorus. Formal dissolution under the Non-Profit Corporations Act, 1995 took place on May 4, 2005.

The Assiniboia Club, 1882-

  • PA 297
  • Corporate
  • 1892-

The Assiniboia Club was originally founded in Regina, Saskatchewan as the Musical Club in 1882. The Club brought together eight local men, all who shared a love of music. The members met in a small room above a store located on the 1700 block of Broad Street. Looking to expand its membership, the Club held a meeting in May, 1883 which was met with great interest from other local men. The Club expanded and its name was changed to The Assiniboia Club. The Assiniboia Club's first president was Rt. Rev. Dr. Adelbert J.R. Anson, an Anglican bishop. Thirty-two members made up the Assiniboia Club in 1893, with annual membership fees set at twelve dollars for residents of Regina.

As membership grew, the Club moved four times between 1883 and 1893 to accommodate its larger membership and to offer a variety of activities. In July, 1912, the Club moved to its present location at 1925 Victoria Avenue. The Club's building was designed by local architects Storey and Van Egmond, constructed by Smith and Wilson Company. A full-time club manager and chef were hired as part of the staff of the new facility. A room within the club and a separate entrance were allocated for use by the wives of members. Four rooms were also furnished to accommodate boarders.

Like many other businesses and institutions, The Assiniboia Club prospered in good times and suffered setbacks during times of struggle. The two World Wars and the depression brought low membership numbers and fewer revenues, forcing the Club to adapt as best it could. The years after the Second World War, however, brought an increase in membership and the start of improvements and renovations to the club building that would continue on for several years. Membership fees also increased to compensate for the improvements being made to the Club. By 1950, membership stood at almost three hundred, with annual fees reaching one hundred dollars per member.

Renovations to the Assiniboia Club building continued throughout the 1960s. The Club added a variety of social events to its calendar, notably family dinners that included the wives and children of members. Membership increased to nearly five hundred members by 1970, the highest in the Club's history. Renovations to the Club's building also occurred in the 1980s.

Breaking from the long-standing, male-only membership of the Assiniboia Club, Dr. Roberta McKay and Lieutenant-Governor Sylvia Fedoruk were voted in as the Club's first female members in 1988.

An aging membership, increases to property taxes, the elimination of food and entertainment as business expense deductions from Income tax and a slumping economy led to declining membership in the early 1990s. The Assiniboia Club closed its doors on June 30, 1994. Local businessman and former Club member Gary Huntington purchased the building in 1996 and embarked on its renovation. The main floor of the building became Danbry's, a fine-dining restaurant. As well, Huntington leased the top two floors to the Assiniboia Club in an effort to resurrect the private club. Danbry's would act as landlord to the building and would provide food, beverage and other operational services to the Club. The Assiniboia Club and its building officially reopened in 1998 after four years of inactivity. The building's renovated space offers meeting rooms, dining rooms and lounges solely for its members and their guests.

The Assiniboia Club continues (2005) to attract membership from local business professionals as the longest-running private business club in the City of Regina.

Wheatland Theatre Society, 1978-1989

  • PA 182
  • Corporate
  • 1978-1989

The Wheatland Theatre Society (W.T.S.) was incorporated in July 1978 under the auspices of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association. The Society was registered with the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (P.A.C.T.) under the terms of the Non-Profit Organizations Act. Its mission was to develop and produce contemporary plays, especially those by Saskatchewan playwrights and to make these plays accessible to the public. The Society sought to promote and employ Saskatchewan Professional Theatrical talent.

The W.T.S. opened with a Christmas play in December 1978- "Mario et Mariette" ( The Gift of the Magi). They produced eleven plays in the following eleven months. They performed mainly for a lunchtime audience in their first location in the Northern Crown Building. Following a reorganization they performed Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' in the old Labour Temple in December 1981. Following another hiatus, W.T.S. returned to lunchtime theatre in the Northern Crown Building in July 1982 with 'Regina, Regina'. The company then began performances at the old Capital Theatre. W.T.S. toured the province in 1985 with the Centennial production of 'Gabriel Dumont'. The very successful 'Farmin Cabaret' followed in 1986. This was their first tourism-convention show. In 1986, it secured its foundation with the beginning of 'The Wheaties', a second stage troupe presenting clowns, theatre classes, puppets, and school programs throughout Regina and area.

Though it performed to sold out houses in rural areas, it failed to attract a dedicated home audience. During its years of operation, its financial base was very tenuous. It failed for many years to receive accreditation from the Saskatchewan Arts Board which was a major funding source. This lack of accreditation affected its ability to attract corporate and institutional funding. In 1983 a meeting was held to discuss dissolution owing to a growing debt. The Society continued until 1989 when an ambitious fund raising project to restore and raffle a 1959 pink thunderbird car met with disaster. In a press release on September 26, 1989, the general manager of W.T.S. announced the suspension of Society operations effective October 1, 1989. In March 1990, the equipment was purchased by the T.C. Douglas Calvary Centre, a theatre for the performing Arts in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.

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