The name and the post office of Endiang mark their centennial

The cold spell we were experiencing came to a pleasant end with the arrival of warmer temperatures on the plus side. Hopefully though, it won’t be too much of a good thing, as we don’t want the snow cover on the fields to melt yet.

The cold spell we were experiencing came to a pleasant end with the arrival of warmer temperatures on the plus side. Hopefully though, it won’t be too much of a good thing, as we don’t want the snow cover on the fields to melt yet.

On Friday, the Endiang post office is officially 100 years old as William H. Foreman was appointed postmaster of the first Endiang post office on Jan. 15, 1910. Foreman chose the name Endiang for the original post office; naming it after the summer resort, the Endiang Hotel, the family previously owned in the Muskoka Lakes region of Ontario. Derived from the native word, Endaayaang, of the Anishinaabe language Endiang translates to mean “Our Home”.

So from that date in 1910 until now the area west of Sullivan Lake has been known as the Endiang district. The post office has been operated continually from that time with the postmasters being: Wm. Foreman, Matt Mork, Ellis Malm, R.S. Gregory-Allen, Mary Jane Fendall, Alfred Evans, Frank Brown, Ray James, Roy Phibbs, Eric and Rona Stoneystreet, Debbie Woelk, Krissy Wilkie and presently Clara Abram.

An interesting note of history: In 1925 when the CNR built the rail line through the area, from Hanna to Warden, it missed the original settlement of Endiang, so the buildings were moved with horses to the present site of Endiang.

The Endmoor Drop-in Centre held crib on Tuesday evening and the best score was posted by Carol Stulberg, with a tie for second between Bob Smyth and Lawrence Wilkie. Next crib meet will be on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

On Friday evening a great number of friends, neighbours and family of Marilyn Boehlke gathered at the Endiang Hall to bid Marilyn farewell with a pot-luck supper. All of Marilyn’s family was present, daughter Lori McLeod of Hanna and sons Dave (Sheila) Boehlke of Hanna, Mike Boehlke of Lac La Biche and Rob (Rainy) Boehlke of Hanna and their families, as well as her sister Linda and Stan Conners of Brooks. Jim Sorensen presented Marilyn with a mantle clock as a parting gift from the Endiang and Byemoor communities. We wish Marilyn well in her new location in Hanna. Be sure to come back home and visit often Marilyn.

Jim Wasdal has returned from a snowmobile excursion to the mountains near Blairmore.

A number of folks from our area including a group from the Endmoor Drop-in Centre were to Hanna on Friday evening for the Rural Crime Watch supper with the entertainment of Gord Banford.

Remember the annual meeting of the Sullivan Lake West Ag. Society is on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the Endmoor Arena at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a Crafting Day at the Endiang Hall on Saturday, Jan. 23 starting at 10 a.m. Bring your crafts and enjoy the space as well as the company of others and check out what others are crafting. For more information on this call Julie Jones at 579-2277.

Mark your calendar for the Valentine’s Dine and Dance at the Endiang Hall on Saturday, Feb. 13. There will be a supper catered by Brenda’s Catering and a dance featuring the live music of Marty & Company. The grand door prize is a Romantic Weekend Getaway.

Don’t forget the “Win Your Winter Getaway” dinner and dance sponsored by the Ag. Society on Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Byemoor hall. A live band, The Tradesmen, will be playing. There will be a draw for a $2000 travel voucher. Tickets are available by calling Denny at 579-2529.

Happy Birthday greetings go out to: Jan. 14 – Nikki Paulsen and Kristina (Sorensen) Banks, Jan. 18 – Jordanna Christie, Jan. 19 – Stacie (Johnson) Hickle, Jan. 20 – Lee Tucker, Jan 21 – Doreen (Schuler) Nixon.