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May 23

Our Streets - Volume 2

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 11:53 AM by Brittany Hadley

“Life is full of delightful treasures, if we take time to appreciate them, they can only grow.”

Have you ever wondered where the names for the streets, parks and community facilities come from in Warman? Some have a nice ring to them and are easy to spell, while others are more difficult to spell and don’t roll off the tongue as easily. All of these names were used for a reason and I believe that behind each of these names chosen there is a unique story, we just have to dig deep to find it.

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If you think back to a few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about some of the street names in Warman. The blog was very well received and I also had a number of requests from residents for more information about the history of our incredible community. So today I have for you what we will call ‘Volume 2’ or the rest of the story. 

I want to begin by acknowledging those who have assisted me in my quest for more information about the history of Warman. Our community is so fortunate to have many people interested and dedicated to keeping and sharing the history of Warman. One person that I want to give a special mention to today is Leonard Doell who has provided me with incredible assistance in this blog post as well as the previous one. Leonard has deep roots in Warman, and although he now lives with his lovely wife Tina in the neighbouring community of Aberdeen, Leonard remains an incredible advocate for Warman and its history. So, thank you to Leonard for always being willing to share your vast knowledge of our community’s past with all of our residents. 

In the words that follow, I have included the names of streets, past and present, that were named to acknowledge someone in our community. As you read through these names I am always curious, did you know why the street was named? Or do you know the person for whom the street was named after? I hope you enjoy learning more about Warman and its history. 

1st Street – This is not the original name of this street. Did you know it was once called McKeown Avenue but the mystery still remains as to why it was once named this.

7th Avenue -  This was also not the original name of this street. Years ago, this street was called Short Avenue. It was named after Jim Short who owned and operated an implement dealership in Warman. 

8th Avenue – This avenue was once called Marcotte Avenue. It was named after Joe and Alcid Marcotte who owned the Warman Hotel from 1906 until their move to Hudson Bay in 1912. 

9th Avenue -  This is another mystery in our community. 8th Avenue was once called Wilton Avenue, the reason why? We aren’t sure, do you know?

Elizabeth Street -  This street was once named Shaw Street. Again, why these streets were given these names is unclear to us. If you have some information or have an idea why these streets were named Elizabeth Street and Shaw Street let us know. 

McKay Court – This street was named after former Warman School Principal Thomas C. McKay. McKay was the original organizer of the Warman Sports Day. 

Nelson Place – Named after another educator, Nelson Place was named after Alice Nelson who taught in Warman from 1922-1944. Alice was known for her love of music and coordinated many music festivals in the community and area in those early days. 

Peters Street – This street was named after its location. Peters Street was named after John D. Peters, a local farmer who farmed a quarter section where Peters Street is located today. John D. Peters was also known for his donation to the community. John donated the land where the Warman Mennonite Special Care Home now calls home. 

Pacific Avenue – Pacific Avenue was first named after Qu’Appelle Street. In the early days of Warman, this street ran through what is now part of the Warman High School grounds. Near this street was a railway known as the Qu’Appelle, Long Lake and Saskatchewan Railway and Steamship Company rail line. This rail line was completed in 1890 and ran from Regina to Prince Albert. Later in history, the rail was leased to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company and as a result the street was renamed to Pacific Avenue. 

Langley Avenue – This street name was named after former Liberal MLA for the area, George Langley. George moved to the Warman at the turn of the century and was as strong advocate for the area.

Eldorado Street – While it sounds like the name of something from the times of the Spanish Empire, this street was actually named after Eldorado Nuclear, a uranium company who planned on building a nuclear plant refinery in Warman. Unfortunately, the plan was turned down in 1980 after an outcry from residents and protestors from all over the province. 

Canora Street – Those naming streets at the time of this street naming were very creative. The street was named after the Canadian Northern Railway or CAnadian NOrthern RAilway.

Corman Street – In 1969, three municipalities merged to form Corman Park RM. These communities were Cory, Warman RM and Park. Following this merge, the street Corman Street was created in Warman.

Lane Court – This street was named after two individuals.  The first was Richard Edmund Lane who was the Warman Postmaster from 1909-1928. In addition to this role, Richard was also the operator of the local general store and the elder of the Presbyterian Church. The second individual this street was named after was Cameron Lane, Richard’s son. Cameron was the Justice of Peace and Secretary Treasurer for the RM of Warman from 1919-1937. He was also the Overseer of the Town of Warman, the Secretary for the Rural Warman Telephone Company and a school trustee for the community. 

Klassen Street (Continued) ¬– If you remember from my last blog post on streets, we had asked our residents to help us with more information about Klassen Street. Our residents rose to the challenge and helped us uncover the true story behind the name. What we have discovered about this street is that Klassen Street was named after Julius Klassen who sold the land to a developer for the town of Warman to be built on. Julius then moved to Manitoba and then on to Mexico where he passed years later. So, the question then remains, was anything named after Corny Klassen who we originally thought Klassen Street was named after? Well you will have to stay tuned for next month’s blog when we look at Warman Parks.

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I hope that you have enjoyed learning more about our community and its rich history. I know that I love learning more about Warman’s past and the stories that have made our community what it is today. I also want to thank all of the individuals and organizations who work hard to preserve Warman’s history including the Warman History Committee. This wonderful community organization is made up of a group of committed volunteers with a drive to preserve Warman’s history. They also provide beautiful displays of Warman’s history in the Legends Centre. The next time you are there be sure to check out their latest display. Special thanks also goes to Leonard Doell, without his wealth of information blogs like this would not be possible.  

~ Sheryl

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