leaving North Battleford
World Wheat Champion
1911, 1914, 1915, 1916 and 1918
procession for a Spanish Flu victim
University of Saskatchewan, c. 1918
family listening to the radio, Bateman, c. 1924
farmers produce the first bumper wheat crop. More than half of the wheat
grown in Canada this year comes from Saskatchewan farms.
is seen as a solution to social problems caused by alcohol. All bars
in Saskatchewan close in July but liquor is still available through
- The Saskatchewan
School Trustees’ Association, forerunner of the Saskatchewan School
Boards’ Association, is formed.
votes for Prohibition and government dispensaries are closed. On December
31, the province officially becomes “dry.”
win the right to vote in municipal and
provincial elections; however, they must be British subjects.
- The government
gives rural municipalities the power to collect taxes so they can build
and operate their own hospitals. This is a unique Saskatchewan response
to health care concerns, the first of its kind on the continent.
- The Saskatchewan
Provincial Police is created. One of its major challenges is to enforce
liquor laws during Prohibition.
San opens at Fort Qu’Appelle for the treatment of tuberculosis.
The hospital can accommodate 60 patients. Over the years, the facility
grows to become a self-sufficient community able to care for nearly
- The First
World War ends and Saskatchewan soldiers begin returning home. Tragically,
they bring home the highly contagious and deadly Spanish Influenza.
The Spanish Flu claims over 4000 lives in the province, more than the
number of Saskatchewan casualties in France during the war.
to earlier promises which gave newcomers the right to educate children
in their own languages, the government decides to allow English only
in the public school system.
- The Saskatchewan
Grain Growers’ Association enters federal politics. In 1922, it
enters the provincial political arena, only to withdraw in 1924.
Ramsland of Kamsack is the first woman elected to the Saskatchewan legislature.
She represents the riding of Pelly in eastern Saskatchewan.
are four Canadian aviation firsts this year, all in Regina. The first
commercial pilot’s licence is issued to Roland Groome. Robert
McCombie receives the first air engineer’s certificate. The first
licensed“air harbour” or airport is built. The first commercial
airplane, registered G-CAAA, is licensed.
Earl Thomson wins gold for Canada in the 110 metre hurdles at the Antwerp
- A group
of farmers in Ituna organizes the farmers' Union of Canada. The group
is committed to farmer-controlled marketing. Thousands of farmers sign
up in the next two years.
- When the
Weyburn Mental Hospital opens this year, it is the largest building
in Saskatchewan. It took 1000 railway cars to haul in construction materials.
- A sample
group of school children are X-rayed for tuberculosis, a first in Canada.
The survey reveals an alarming infection rate of 56%.
- The League
of Indians of Canada, formed two years earlier, holds its annual meeting
at the Thunderchild Reserve northwest of North Battleford. This is a
new experience for many of the Saskatchewan delegates who have little
experience with Indian politics beyond provincial borders.
first radio station, CKCK Regina, goes on the air. The
next year, the station makes history when it airs the British Commonwealth’s
first broadcast of a church service. On March 14, 1923, radio listeners
are treated to one of the world’s first live broadcasts of a professional
hockey game when the Regina Capitals play the Edmonton Eskimos.
Sapiro, an organizer of producer co-operatives in California, visits
Saskatchewan to promote farmer-controlled marketing of wheat. Sapiro’s
speeches are key to inspiring farmer support for the Wheat Pool.
Co-operative Wheat Producers Limited, better known as the Saskatchewan
Wheat Pool, is formed. It becomes the largest co-operative marketing
organization in the world. A flurry of grain elevator construction follows.
Progressive newspaper becomes The Western Producer, the
voice of prairie farmers. The Progressive was the successor
of Turner’s Weekly, a paper begun in Saskatoon in 1918.
votes to end Prohibition and adopts a system of government liquor stores.