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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cadurcis Presbyterian Church / Cadurcis United Church (RM of Oakview)

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The first Presbyterian church in this part of the Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan (now part of the Rural Municipality of Oakview) was established in 1883, before which services were held in private homes. A modest structure made of logs, in 1904 the church was replaced by a wood frame building measuring 38 feet long and 26 feet wide. Services and meetings were held in the Cadurcis School until the building was ready. A shelterbelt of spruce trees was planted around the church in 1927, soon after the church became part of the United Church of Canada. During a violet electrical storm on 29 July 1951, the church caught fire and was destroyed, but the piano, organ, and pulpit were saved. Services were held in a nearby shed from August to November, when it became too cold to continue. Meanwhile, construction of a new church began in earnest; a concrete basement was poured and it was used for services while the upper level was being built. The first service in the upper level was held on 10 February 1952. A dedication service was held on 15 June 1952. The original siding was replaced with the present lapboard siding in 1973. The roof was reshingled in July 2000.

Clerics

Period

Cleric

1879-1882

W. Alexander Smith

1883

James Fraser Smith

1886

Rev. Rodd

1888-1889

Rev. Mowatt

1891

Rev. McKibben

1892

Rev. Steele

1892

James Patterson

1892

Rev. Letts

1894

Rev. Stuart

1894

Rev. Stewart

1895

Rev. Wray

1895

Rev. Simmons

1895

Rev. Monroe

1895

Rev. Russell

1896

J. Knox Clark

1897

Rev. Russell

1897-1898

Rev. Morrison

1898-1904

Harry Feir

1904-1906

D. McLeod

1906-1909

A. G. McKinnon

1909-1915

T. F. Heeney

1915-1920

D. W. Ruddell

1920-1927

A. D. Watson

1927-1933

J. C. Anderson

1933-1934

S. P. Riddell

1934-1936

Kenneth Alexander McKillop (1904-1997)

1936-1940

E. R. Wilson

1940-1942

J. Russell

1942-1944

G. D. Robinson

1944-1945

Rev. Steenson

1945-1948

Rev. Matthews

1948-1950

M. Galbraith

1950-1954

W. Royle

1954-1960

George Henry Hambley (1896-1983)

1960-1964

D. E. Bennett

1964-1973

Gordon Elliott Waddell (1911-1989)

1973-1977

Robert "Bob" Werry and Doug Graves

1977-1978

Miss Ethel Mellefont

?

Nancy Peckham

?

Edwin Searcy

?

Donald Crowhurst

?

Mark Elliott

?

John Lea

?

Elwood Fawcett

?

Boyd Drake

?

Elgin Hall

Photos & Coordinates

Cadurcis United Church

Cadurcis United Church (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.24073, W100.02300
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Cadurcis, 1883 – 1904 – 1952. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5648.C34 Bri]

Cadurcis, United in Memories: 1970-2008. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5648.C34 Cad]

Obituary [Kenneth Alexander McKillop], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1997, page 41.

We thank Donna Meder for providing additional information used here.

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This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2021

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