History and Folklore Summary
1960 - 1969

1960

- 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.

1961

- 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)

1962

- 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 this year.

- The Yorkton Figure Skating Club was organized this year.

1963

- A 48-bed Psychiatric Centre was constructed next to the Union Hospital.

- Bailey's Funeral Home was established this year.

1964

- 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 Church.

- 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.

1965

- 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.

1966

- A Farmers Tour group, led by Norman Roebuck visited Australian farms and ranches.

- The Yorkton Arts Council was founded this year.

1967

- 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 council.

- 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.

1968

- 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.

1969

- Some events planned for "Sno Sho '69" were: skating party, turkey shoot, dog races, contests, wild game dinner, borsh and perogie supper, and ice sculpturing.

- The Church of Christ located at 550 Parkview Road opened for services in April this year.

 

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