School’s Out in Readlyn, Saskatchewan

School’s Out in Readlyn, Saskatchewan

Where pupils once filed in with their lunch pails for a day’s learning, there is now a relic that leaves no doubt, school’s out in Readlyn, Saskatchewan. This old school is thoroughly fenced however, and the grounds are in use by the property owner, so I wasn’t able to get any closer. 

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

Readlyn is about 90 km south of Moose Jaw, in Excel Rural Municipality No. 71. Like many of the tiny former railroad communities in this part of Canada, Readlyn was once an incorporated village, but voted to dissolve and become a hamlet in the 1950s. I was unable to find population figures for Readlyn, but it’s not many these days. If you know, please leave a comment below.

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

The R.M. Dean Store shown above looks like it may have gone through periods of reuse. A photo taken in 2012 shows the front entry all boarded up and marked “No Trespassing,” but when I visited in 2016, the front entrance had been reopened, as if someone had attempted to reopen this store for some attempt at a new life. We’d love to know the story.

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

The yellow house shown above was abandoned, and it had a hand-lettered sign hanging above the porch that read “Readlyn Rural Telephone Company.”

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

This abandoned structure in the trees was hard to photograph because it was so overgrown. As I walked around the corner between getting shot above and the one below, I stepped in a gopher hole the size of a salad plate and my leg went into it knee-deep. I was grateful to get out with just a scraped elbow.

Readlyn, Saskatchewan

What do you know about Readlyn, Saskatchewan? Please leave a comment below.

Photos by Troy Larson, content copyright © 2016 Sonic Tremor Media

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15 thoughts on “School’s Out in Readlyn, Saskatchewan

  1. My grandpa and his family lived in Readlyn. His mother was the caretaker at the school and he helped by lighting the fire in the morning before school. My Uncle once owned many buildings in town until and was the one who had street signs and lights installed. I haven’t been since the 90’s but remember being inside the store and one of the old houses.

  2. I grew up on a farm near Readlyn and went to school there till Grade 7 (1954 – 1961). I still remember feeling very shy my first day in that tiny school house that seemed so HUGE back then… all two rooms! We bought all our groceries at Mel Dean’s store, where mom would phone in the order and dad would pick it up. Sooo long ago. How times have changed!!! Cool to see the pics.

  3. I worked for the fellow who I think bought all the land & buildings & began restoring them. Spent a couple of weeks there in 1998 I think, do find some work. He was an older gentleman, grew up there & was trying to bring it back to its former glory. Took me on a tour, told me about each building. Wish I could remember more. He owned a company in Calgary which is where he hired me. He had a kind soul.

  4. My Grandparents eloped on way to Readlyn SK. In early 1900’s. My Grandfather homestead a farm there. My Grandfather’s name was William B. Gauthier. My father was born there in 1921. My Grandmother passed away in April of 1922. from influenza.

  5. My Grandparents eloped on way to Readlyn SK. to my Grandfather’s homestead in the early 1900’s from Ontonagon MI. They had 5 children, and the youngest was my Father born in December of 1921. In April of 1922 his Mother passed away from influenza. Have herd many stories of lifestyle back then, and found them very enlightening.

  6. My Mom is from Davyroyd on north east of there, my Grandfather took his grain there and I remember getting a popsicle when I was about 4. Anyway there was a town reunion and a family rented the store for the weekend to stay in. Contact the Thompson garage for more info.

  7. My great grandmother is buried there. Sarah Alice Wilkinson. (D 1925) My grandfather, son of Sarah ,Arnold was a pro boxer and in WW1, he fought at Vimy.. In the 30’s, Arnold/ wife Helen with Arnolds father James Wilkinson , moved to Pleasantdale SK.

  8. My dad’s family had a homestead there. His father Walter Baller died in 1918 in the flu epidemic, leaving his widow and seven children. They were painfully poor and survived a few years before moving to Grenfell. They were a.very entertaining and loving family!

  9. My grandpa was Roy M. DEAN, HE STARTED THE STORE, around 1915, his son Melvin eventually took over. ROY lbuilt a sod shack live in when he came out from stoney creek, Ontario around 1906. My dad Earl Dean s a I’d the town originally was called Deanton, combining Roy’s last name with another pioneer named Johnston.

  10. Howard
    I started to go to school in Readlyn in grade 3. We lived on a farm 6 miles east. I remember going to town in the winter with team and sleigh to get groceries and get there in time to see the train come in. That was the highlight of the day.

  11. My aunt and uncle with thier family Alice and Owen Coldwell lived there in the early 60’s. They lived on a farm I am not sure if they owned or rented. Remember the Sunday visits and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinners. Enjoying the outdoors, fun, and games with my cousins. I grew up with my family in Rockglen. Thank you for sharing the beautiful images of Readlyn brought back memories of Sunday dinners and family for me

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