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1950 - 1969


By the 1950s, the Village of Pense boasted 4 grain elevators; the last of which was demolished in 2021 after being severely damaged in a windstorm. The amount of grain handled in Pense by these elevators averaged 500,000 bushels in the 1950s.

A post card from the early 1900s showing the elevators, train station and a portion of North Front Street.Pense celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1954. Many jubilee events were held with the community taking part in all day festivities. Below are a few images of the parade.

In 1956 the old brick school was in desperate need of repairs and the location of the current school was purchased and built in 1958.

The following photos were taken in the 1950s. Likely on a Monday as this is the day residents did their washing and we can clearly see laundry hanging on lines in many yards.


The original Pense Memorial Rink opened in the winter of 1962. Built entirely by volunteer labour and paid for by donations from the village and area residents, the rink has been the pride of the community ever since.

Exactly 60 years after it was incorporated as a village, in 1964, Pense residents were able to enjoy their first taste of municipal water service. Prior to this drinking water was hauled in from other sources over the years.

At precisely 2:00 p.m. on October 5, 1965, the SaskTel changover to the new direct dial Pense telephone station occured, replacing the old manual, operator, system.

Taken during the tour of the new Pense telephone station. Left to Right: Archie McCaw, Darrell Heald, Ford Nuttall, Ty Harlton and Al Strachan - District Superintendent.

Pense resident and president of the Pense Rural Telephone Company, Emmett Hart makes the first call on the new phone and direct dial phone system while the Honorable Darrell Heald watches on.