Experiences Conducting a Store in the '80's.

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Database ID26248
InstitutionUniversity of Saskatchewan Libraries Special Collections
Fonds/CollectionMorton Manuscripts Collection
File/Item ReferenceMSS-C550-1-26-3a (Box 37)
Date of creation[192-?]
Physical description/extent1 folder; .5 cm of textual records
Number of images9
Historical noteJames Clinkskill was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1853. He had established himself in business in Scotland as a groceryman when he decided to come to Canada in 1881. He started his life in Canada in Winnipeg where he joined as partner in starting a merchandising business in Prince Albert. He moved to Battleford shortly after that. The Northwest Resistance took place while he was in Battleford, and during the rebellion he lost his building and all his goods. Clinkskill was active in his community right from the start. Besides serving in the home guard during the rebellion he also helped to set up a Presbyterian Mission for Battleford. In 1888 he entered politics for the first time as a member of the Territorial Assembly representing Battleford and, later, the area around Saskatoon. Clinkskill came to Saskatoon in 1889 and purchased James Leslie's general store. He was an astute businessman and expanded his business involvement. He erected a block on Twenty-first Street in downtown Saskatoon where the sidewalk still bears the insert that spells out "Clinkskill" even though the building is now gone. He also became involved in the local community after his move to Saskatoon. He was mayor of Saskatoon when it became a town and again mayor when Saskatoon grew into a city during which he was actively involved in guiding the installation of the light, water and sewer systems of the new city. He also became one of the governors of the University of Saskatchewan at its very beginning. Clinkskill died in August 1936 at age 83.
Scope and contentThis article describes James Clinkskill's arrival, with a business partner, in Battleford in the early 1880s . Also lists prices for furs of fox, lynx and other animals. Also contains mention of the Northwest Resistance, 'halfbreed freighters', trading with trappers and traders for furs and with Indians for seneca root, and providing flour for the Indian Department.
ContributerJames Clinkskill (author)
Copyright holderPublic domain
Copyright expiry datePublic domain
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Primary MediaTextual documents
Specific document typesArticles
Provenance Access PointMorton, A.S.
PlaceBattleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada
Treaty boundariesTreaty 4
Treaty 6
Cultural regionPlains
NamesClinkskill, James, 1853-1936 (Saskatoon mayor/merchant)
Commerce and Trade
Fur Trade
Government departments -- Indian Affairs
Hudson's Bay Company
Hunting and Trapping
Northwest Resistance
Date Range(s)1880-1889
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