another story of rapid growth. In 1898 when the railway
came through, there was not a building on the present site of
Elgin. By 1900 the population of the village was about 400, and
there were more families in the district than at present.
By 1913, as progress continued, Elgin had a school, 4 churches, an
active band, and 34 places of business.
Elgin Consolidated School was formed When the local school,
started in 1884, joined with Alice, Gilead, Maguire, and Millerway
Schools. The building closed in 1951 and was replaced by a new
structure. The school closed in 1986 and a monument now
1904 this Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce building, to the
left in this photo, was originally two stories high, providing
accommodation for the bank manager. The second story was removed
in the 1950s. After the bank closed in 1995, it became the
and District Museum.
Former Grace Methodist Church
After the 1925 unification of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and
Congregationalist faiths in Canada, it became the Elgin United Church.
147.B.2 / ca. 1905
James Argue House
Peterborough and Souris Ave.
147.C.1 / ca. 1905
James Argue (1848 – 1927) settled in 1881. He was elected MLA in
1899, 1903, 1907, and 1910.
His James Oswald Argue also lived here, as did Flora Chase who
restored the house.
The home has a wide 2-story bay, a large entrance porch and a complex
417 4th St.
147.C.5 / ca. 1900
This old home was built of lumber from a Turtle Mountain sawmill.
Some original features remain.
618 6th St.
147.C.10 / 1901
While living here, George Reed kept a brick from each demolished house
in Elgin in a garage in this yard. Each one was labeled.
147.C.13 / ca. 1910
Built by Mr. Hall, this attractive brick, with its nice verandah,
features plenty of
bargeboard and trim and some stained glass
Earl Draper House
Main Street – 7th
147.C.14 / ca. 1910
Earl Draper, MLA lived here.
Former Pool Elevator
Now owned by “Dodds Farm Ltd.
Former CIBC / Elgin Museum
147.E.1 / 1904
In 1902 The C.I.B.C. was established in the Sheir Block with G.H. Horne
as Manager. It was moved to this building in 1904, which was built by
J.M. Robinson for C.I.B.C.
Originally two storeys, it had accommodation for the bank manager on
its second floor, which was removed in the 1950s. The bank closed in
1995 and now serves as the Elgin and District Historical Museum
Millerway Presbyterian Church Cairn
NE 19 - 6 - 21
This cairn, erected in 1958 marks the site of the church built in 1898
In 1879, John Mair Sr. was the first settler of the region south of the
Souris River. The region became known as the Millerway district
with a church and school.
Alladin Mail Order House
2 km NW of Elgin
147.G.1 / ca. 1920
Eatons and Aladdin were the two most popular suppliers of mail-order
This was largely a prairie phenomenon – allowing those living far from
“city-based” services to get the latest in home styles.
The “Fairfield” by Aladdin – 1918 Catalogue