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Watertower in Kenaston

Kenaston Water Tower

See: Kenaston History and Centennial
DVDs - Available

A story that highlights more than
100 years of our history
with over 2.5 hours running time.

To Order:
See Order Form

Kenaston History DVD


Thank you again for being in attendance at Kenaston's 100th Birthday Celebration! This was truly a "once in a lifetime" event! The 2010 Committee has created a photographic memory of the Centennial Weekend on DVD. We have selected photos of every event, from Registration, Parade, Fashion Show and Ecumenical Service. We have also included lots and lots of photographs of folks that were around over the weekend. We were also given a video clip of a parade in 1967 and a parade and a pig catching contest from 1988. We have included those clips as well. Some things are just meant to be shared!

This DVD is available for $10.00 plus shipping through Susan Anholt (anholt.sg@gmail.com), Theresa Owen (etowen@sasktel.net) or the Riverbend Cooperative in Kenaston.

Shipping - email us to check on amounts... This is a fantastic keepsake of the weekend and may even be of interest to those who did not attend. Christmas Season is fast approaching and this DVD would make a great stocking stuffer and once they are gone... they are gone!

Kenaston History

The settlement was first known as Bonnington Springs, Assinboia, North West Territories but usually referred to as Bonnington. In late 1905, when Saskatchewan became a province, the name was changed to Kenaston , honoring F.E. Kenaston, who was the Vice President of the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company.

steam engineThe railroad reached Bonnington in late 1889, but there is no record of any permanent residents until 1902.In this year, the Saskatchewan Valley Land Company was formed, made up of wealthy men from the States.  The president was Col. A.D. Davidson and one of his associates was F.E. Kenaston, who was head of the Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company. 

The Saskatchewan Valley Land Company purchased 839,000 acres of land from the railway for $1.53 an acre and another 250,000 acres from the Dominion Government for $1.00 an acre. By adopting spectacular methods of advertising and employing dozens of land agents, the wide open spaces between Regina and Saskatoon were peopled with hundreds of settlers in the time between 1902 and 1910.

Needs of settlers created a necessity for business places and the settlement grew and was incorporated as a village in July 1910. The Kenaston School opened its doors to its first fourteen pupils in August of 1905, while the town was still officially known as Bonnington. The first store was built in 1903, the post office and hotel were established in 1904, the first telephone installed in 1909, and the first of Kenaston's grain elevator was built in 1906 by the Canadian Elevator Company. In 1910, the 40,000 gallon water tower was built by CNR in proximity to the train station and just across from the first hotel.

Kith 'n Kin History Book - Available
A two volume set, of over
900 pages and hundreds of pictures.

There are still copies available.
Contact Jeanette Holder 306-252-2081

Kenaston's Kith n Kin History Book

The first Kith n' Kin was completed in 1980 and now twenty-five years later we updated and have a complete history of the last 100 years. The two-volume set, Kith n' Kin 2005 Heritage, Spirit, Vision includes over 900 pages and over 1000 pictures.

Contents include Settlement, Local Government, Churches, Schools, Legion,Business and Services, Organizations, Blizzard Stories, Sports and Recreation, Events, Memories, and Cemetery Records. As well as 50 years of graduation class pictures and a Picture Walk Through Time. There are over 700 family histories.

Errors and missions Page - PDF
If you see any errors or omissions please submit to Susan Anholt so they can be added to the above page.

Kenaston Cemetary File

Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project

To Add your Family Website
contact Glen Pavelich

Bladworth and District Memories - On Line Book

Heath Family Website