Discussion of the Paper on "Shopping in the Early '80s" / Given by Mr. J. Clinkskill Before the Saskatoon Historical Society.

Discussion of James Clinkskill's paper done in a question / answer format. Clinkskill describes his experiences with the Hudson's Bay Company, conditions in Battleford during and after the Northwest Resistance, scrip and the cattle trade.

Historical note:

James Clinkskill was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1853. He had established himself in business in Scotland as a groceryman when he decided to come to Canada in 1881. He started his life in Canada in Winnipeg where he joined as partner to start a merchandising business in Prince Albert. He moved to Battleford shortly after that. The Northwest Resistance of 1885 took place while he was in Battleford and during the rebellion he lost his building and all his goods. James Clinkskill was active in his community in serving in the home guard during the rebellion and also helped to set up a Presbyterian Mission for Battleford. In 1888 he entered politics for the first time as a member of the Territorial Assembly representing Battleford and, later, the area around Saskatoon. Clinkskill came to Saskatoon in 1889 and purchased James Leslie's general store. He was an astute businessman and expanded his business involvement. He erected a block on Twenty-first Street in downtown Saskatoon where the sidewalk still bears the insert that spells out "Clinkskill" even though the building is now gone. He also became involved in the local community after his move to Saskatoon. He was mayor of Saskatoon when it became a town and again mayor when Saskatoon grew into a city during which he was actively involved in guiding the installation of the light, water and sewer systems of the new city. He also became one of the governors of the University of Saskatchewan at its very beginning. Clinkskill died at age 83 in August 1936.
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