A Little History About The Calder House Inn in Saskatoon, SK.
The Calder family built their home starting in 1905. By 1908 they had moved in and "mother was over seeing the worker in the house"said the eldest daughter. There was a coach house at the back and a liveryman drove them to school in a carriage. Truman Frederick enjoyed the new motor car. The joy of living in their new home was short lived when in 1913 he passed away unexpectedly. The house was sold several times thereafter. The Tuckey's ran it as a boarding house during the twenties. Their grandson recalled the names of two well known Canadians that were their lodgers. Eric Lindon and Grant McEwan. Photos show Blossom and her friends wearing the flapper dresses and jackets commonly worn during the roaring twenties taking photos on the river bank and getting into model A Ford cars. Shortly after 1928 the family moved out and the house became a convalescent hospital run by a nurse named Marion Crawford. This use continued until 1942 when Patrick McBride bought the home and converted it into suites for the War effort. The War supplies board was in need of spaces for the young men travelling to Saskatoon in order to attempt to become pilots. Not all could succeed however and many were told there was a need for them as navigators and gunners.
Dr Estey a neighbour who lived two houses down at the time said they would come and go every three days approximately. Airforce trainees came and went as they were dispatched to their appropriate training venues. "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag ..and smile " was probably what they were singing
as they made their way down the 25th street bridge to the train station where a train would take them to Cando or Wartime or Moosejaw or Smuts etc little training centers far away from the damage possible by the Luftwaft where they would receive training necessary to become gunners.
After the war the occupants stayed longer and consisted of teachers, professors, university students of which one was Raymond Hnatyshyn studying law at the time. In 1984 the Calder name was returned to the house and shorter lodging resumed.
The Calderhouse Inn has welcomed many persons in the last thirty three years and continues to this day to provide an interesting stay and a hearty breakfast to travelers to Saskatoon.