Collection MAJ - Majorville collection

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Majorville collection

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CA MILO MAJ

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  • 1924-1962 (Creation)
  • 2009-2013 (Collection)
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    Milo Library Archives

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3.5 cm of textual records. – 1 photograph

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Majorville refers to an area north east of the village of Milo. The post office that was opened in 1908 on the homestead of WJ Burns was originally called Liberty, and Liberty School served the surrounding community from 1910-1939. Postal services suffered some confusion with Liberty, Saskatchewan, and in 1911 the decision was made to change the post office name. Dan H. Shaw, Post Master at that time, had been a Major in the Cavalry during the Boer War and the post office was re-named for his rank. Unfortunately there was again confusion with a like-named Saskatchewan town, and in 1915 the post office became known as Majorville. Like most rural post offices it was often located in the home of the Post Master, and as the position changed hands, so did the location. Majorville Post Office moved many times during its 60 years of operation, sometimes only from one side of the road to the other. It had its own building by 1919, when it was officially known as the Majorville Store and Post Office. Gas pumps were added in 1928. The building itself was relocated and / or rebuilt several times, with its last ‘new premises’ built in 1958. The Majorville Store remained in operation until around 1975, but Majorville Post Office was closed in July 1970, with a promise from Canada Post to provide regular mail service by rural delivery. Customers in the Majorville and neighbouring Queenstown areas have since used the Milo Post Office for parcels and specialized postal services.

The collection consists of 2 post office registers (1924-1939, 1939-1962) and Registered Letter Bills (1945, 1946, 1948) from the village of Majorville, as well as one photograph of the general store (W. Huskin’s Groceries) ca 1938.

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Registers are in poor condition. Top left corner of photo is torn and missing.

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J. Monner found the registers in the abandoned Majorville store in 2009. The photograph and other material were left at Milo Library.

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  • English

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No access to some original material for conservation reasons. Digital version available to researchers.

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Information for Admin History from <i>Snake Valley II: a history of Lake McGregor and area</i>, published by Milo and District Historical Society.

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