History and Folklore Summary
1960 - 1969
- Yorkton's last horse drawn milk wagon made its final run.
- The last C.P.R. east bound passenger train No. 42, left Yorkton Tuesday
night, May 31st to terminate its run at Winnipeg.
- The C.P.R. west bound passenger train No. 41, departed Yorkton at 8:50 a.m.
Tuesday, May 31st for its last run to Saskatoon.
- In June, one of Yorkton's early landmark buildings, the City Hall on Third
Avenue North was demolished.
- The population of the city was 9,995.
- A men's rink from Yorkton won the Marshall Field trophy in the 12th Annual
Chicago International Bonspiel.
- Three thousand people from across the prairie provinces attended the
Vidpust celebrations—a Ukrainian Catholic pilgrimage which took place in July.
- Council passed Bylaw #1487 establishing an advisory committee to council
known as the Deer Park Recreation Committee.
- George Dulmage of Yorkton invented the Bale Lifter, a patent number
624,295. (Source: Saskatchewan Firsts originally from Sask Centennial web site)
- Bylaw # 1503 authorized issue of debentures amounting to $38,000.00 for the
purpose of paying the cost of installing an artificial ice plant in the city
skating arena. (Aug. 27/62.)
- A Christmas gratuity was given by City Council to their employees; married
employees received one turkey, and single people received $5.00.
- The Yorkton Union Hospital was completed at the beginning of the year.
- The Dominion Silver Ladies Curling Championship was held February 13 & 14
- The Yorkton Figure Skating Club was organized this year.
- A 48-bed Psychiatric Centre was constructed next to the Union Hospital.
- Bailey's Funeral Home was established this year.
- The Yorkton and District Board of Trade underwent a change of name; now
Yorkton Chamber of Commerce.
- On March 8 at St. Mary's Parish Hall, His Excellency Bishop Andrew
Roborecki, D.D. presented a papal medal and certificate to Dr. Stephanie Potoski
of Yorkton for her dedicated services to people and to the Ukrainian Catholic
- The Ukrainian Greek Orthodox Church on the corner of Bradbrooke Drive and
Independent Street was officially opened October 25th.
- Theodore Onufrijchuk, Horticulturalist and Landscaping Architect for the
City of Yorkton (1959 to 1981) wrote and published a book entitled LANDSCAPING
FOR MODERN CANADIAN LIVING IN THE PRAIRIE PROVINCES.
- Dr. Houston appeared before Council to promote the idea of making York Lake
into a regional park.
- Yorkton hosted the Saskatchewan Turkey Conference on January 27, 28 and
29th. Mrs. George Procyshyn was crowned Yorkton's Turkey Queen after winning the
province-wide contest for best turkey recipe.
- A Farmers Tour group, led by Norman Roebuck visited Australian farms and
- The Yorkton Arts Council was founded this year.
- Howard Jackson, retired City Clerk and local historian presented a 5 album
pictorial history of Yorkton to City Council.Mayor W. E. Fichtner said:" It is a
pictorial essay on the settlement of Yorkton during its first 50 years."
- The City of Yorkton chose as a centennial project the building of a new
outdoor sports centre. The name" Century Field" was proposed by the City's
Centennial Committee and the Parks and Recreation Board, and accepted by city
- The Yorkton Regional High School was officially opened on November 10th.
- Two grants were given by the City of Yorkton: $500.00 to the Yorkton Art
Centre, and $500.00 to Yorkton Minor Sports Association.
- The Kinsmen Club of Yorkton agreed to build a new fountain at the corner of
Second Avenue and Broadway Street at a cost of $3,000.
- Dedication of the new Yorkton Apostolic Church at 175 Gladstone Avenue
South took place on October 14th.
- The Yorkton Friendship Centre opened its doors this year. They provided
counselling, recreational, vocational assistance to those in need, and to all
races and nationalities.
- The Yorkton Credit Union Ltd.was located in their new building on Fourth
Avenue North and Smith Street.
- Some events planned for "Sno Sho '69" were: skating party, turkey shoot,
dog races, contests, wild game dinner, borsh and perogie supper, and ice
- The Church of Christ located at 550 Parkview Road opened for services in
April this year.