Town of Midale
HISTORY & INFORMATION
In the early summer of 1903 a number of settlers had started arriving in the Midale area to file on their 160 acres homestead, a gift from the Canadian Government to men 18 years of age and older. Three of these settlers went into partnership and plans were made to start building a townsite. These early visionaries were Rev. Olaf Sutherland, Andrew Westman and Ole Wedin.
Up until that time, the area was known only as the Halbrite and Macoun "siding". It was time for a name. The name "Mitchell" for Dr. R.M. Mitchell, who single handedly served an area from Moose Jaw to Estevan from 1899 to 1903 was first suggested but there was already a "Mitchell" in the Territory of Assinaboia so a compromise was necessary. The first two letters of "Mitchell" were combined with the last name of the first settler in the district, Mr. Ole Dale, and "Midale" was born.
Inaugural businesses in Midale included a general store, post office, lumberyard and, later, a small grain elevator. By necessity, other businesses soon followed such as a blacksmith shop, livery barn, restaurant and rooming house. The early years in Midale were a period of growth as the new community expanded to accommodate its growing population.
Midale area land proved to be excellent for cereal grain farming. Reports from as early as 1903 indicate: yields of up to 38 bushels per acres and not less than 20 bushels per acre. During the Depression years of the thirties, yields dropped to between 2.5 and 4.5 bushels per acre. But Midale survived those tough times and went on to prosper. With the oil boom in the early 1950's the town enjoyed a period of great prosperity and, at one time, boasted a population of around 800. Today the population remains very stable at approximately 550 residents. The oil industry remains an important part of Midale's economy as many of the residents work in the "patch" and many service companies operate in Midale and surrounding area to serve the needs of this industry.
Today, Midale people, for the most part are made up of the descendants of those first homesteaders. Many of the names of those who live in and around Midale have been recognizable for almost a hundred years and that certainly gives the town stability and confidence to continue the tradition of hard work and pride in the community. Midale remains a progressive community. Even though towns no longer have to be self-sufficient because of ease of travel and proximity to larger centers, this town has everything it needs. In addition to many fine businesses the town also has a K-12 school, a nursery school, the curling rink and new skating rink, a swimming pool, Senior Citizens Housing complex, a Seniors Drop-In Centre, an impressive museum and a modern health care facility. The community is also served by two Lutheran Churches, a Baptist Church and a Catholic Church.
The people who homesteaded Midale gave our town its roots - the people who live here now give it its future and the future looks bright.
Mainprize Manor and Health Centre
Midale / Cymri Fire & Rescue
Midale Central School
Dr. Mainprize Regional Park to Mainprize Regional Park & Golf Course
Since opening, the new Park has grown tremendously. It is home to approximately 12 full-time families and 12 seasonal in the main subdivision and a new seasonal subdivision opened up in 2002 which already has 5 home built with more being constructed all the time. As well, the campgrounds can't seem to grow fast enough to meet the demands of interested campers. Dr. Mainprize wouldn't believe it if he could see "his" park today. Besides the golf course (which is rated one of the best in Sask) the Park has a beautiful beach area, a marina, "Docks" General Store, rental cabins and a bed & breakfast. The fishing is great as is the boating and water sports. For more info please visit their website at www.mainprizepark.com
Midale Memorial Rink to the Harry O. Memorial Arena
TOWN OF MIDALE
Phone 458 – 2400
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