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The Nettletons were a family in Baildon that moved to Baildon, Baildon, Saskatchewan though it was not called that at the time.

Albert Hugh Nettleton was the licencee for The Queens Hotel between 30 Sept 1892 and 12 Apr 1901[1]

After the Queens Hotel Albert had a fish and chip shop in a building between the Malt Shovel and 23 Northgate (Casa Bella). This can only have been for a couple of years at the most before he moved to Canada. This is the building that was badly damaged by the steam roller in 1913 and was demolished and later the Bobbling Well built on what would have been its internal wall. Confirmation needed

Baildon, Saskatchewan

In 1903 Albert moved to Moose Jaw, North West Territories, Canada and homesteaded near there with his wife Mary (nee Asquith), sons Samuel Albert (Bert) and George, and daughter Edith. Two of their children, Henry Valentine and Gertrude Ellen, died before they moved to Canada.[2]

Settlement in the area began about 1882 and as it became more settled Local Improvement Districts were formed with representation to a provincial government department. These would then form a municipality. In 1905 the province of Saskathewan was formed. The municipalities were numbered but also needed names. Albert Hugh Nettleton was involved in local government through the LID meetings and was one of the early reeves (elected chairman) in the new municipality. Several names were submitted for municipality number 131 and Albert's suggestion of Baildon was adopted. The hamlet/farm also took that name.[2]

In January 1919 Florence Eliza Dobson and her mother, Annie, went to Moose Jaw from Woodbottom, Baildon, along with Florence's brother John. Florence and Bert Nettleton were married 31 Jan 1919 - very soon after she arrived. They moved to the farm in Baildon and had two sons Albert Walker, born 1920, and William Arthur, born 1921.[2]

Mary died around 1920, Albert Hugh in 1935. Annie Dobson died 1939. John Dobson 1934, Edith (then Waring) about 1952. George in 1969 and Florence in 1955. Bert in 1941.[2]

The provider of this information married Albert Walker Nettleton and at the time of them being written had four daughters and four grandchildren. They were retired but still living on the farm. The two brothers rented the land (each had 640 acres) to young farmers.[2] I have no other details of the author of these notes nor the date but my guess would be around the 1990s.

You can read the original notes here or by clicking on this scan of page 1 below.

Notes on Baildon, Baildon, Saskatchewan

Blue Hill Cemetery

Internet searching has provided more information from the Blue Hill Cemetery, Moose Jaw.[3]

Annie I Dobson 1864-1940
John F Dobson 1903-1934
Albert Hugh Nettleton 1858-1933
Florence Nettleton 1888-1955
George Nettleton 1888-1967
Mary Nettleton 1852-1919
Samuel A Nettleton 1884-1941

Memorial Stones/Grave stones

Sunset Resthaven Cemetery

On the website for Sunset Resthaven Cemetery, Moose Jaw I have found what could be dates for the Albert Walker Nettleton and wife - the author of the notes. Sunset Resthaven Cemetery, Moose Jaw

  • Nettleton, Albert Walker 8 Jan 1920 - 20 Mar 1998
  • Nettleton, Lillian Mary 15 May 1929 - 11 May 1996

Ghost Town

The typed notes refer to a decline in the number of residents in Baildon due to people moving to the easily accessible larger towns and Baildon, Baildon is now listed as a Saskatchewan Ghost Town. It still exists as a farm but is now an unincorporated community.

What’s in a name

Though this page is Nettleton there is quite a bit about Baildon, Saskatchewan and perhaps it should be moved to its own page, but here is an extract from a book called “What’s in a name” published by Modern Press, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. $5.25 a copy. Possibly published around 1968. It has many English names of towns in Sask and has an entry for Baildon. In this account folk from Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire are represented as "influencial".


This is taken directly from a letter from E. H. Kaiser of 1340 Algoma Street, Moose Jaw. "I have taken some interest in the history of our area, and am only too pleased to give you a rough outline of events leading up to the establishment of our hamlet: its short years of glory, and its eventual demise -- or near demise.

The area around Baildon began to be settled in the early 1800s. The first settler has never been actually named since there is (as there usually is) some disagreement as to who was first. However, here are a few: Lind, Stewart, Lewis, Bennie. McMillan and Pearce. These settlers took up homesteads along the Moose Jaw creek which is three miles east of the townsite of Baildon. About the same time a settlement began to grow south and west of Baildon near a small coulee. This group came from England and consisted of: the Nettletons, the Milnes, the Lowes, the Urtons, the Campbells and the Scotts. They established a school, Cataraqui, before 1900.

My father, Andrew Kaiser, came as a young man to the district in 1900 and eventually settled on the NE quarter of 25-15—26-2. By 1911 the district was completely filled and people were hoping for a railroad. Baildon was surveyed by J. Waldon of Moose Jaw and approved by the province on the 30th day of April, 1912.

The settlers of the Cataraqui area had established a strong local government and had considerable influence, so that when it came time to name the new town they petitioned the railway requesting the name of Baildon. Most of the settlers (or at least the most influencial ones) had come from the village of Baildon in Yorkshire, England. Their request was granted.

Baildon grew rapidly and once had two general stores, a church, a lumber yard, a school, a blacksmith shop, a carpenter's’ shop, a municipal hall, a station, a large section crew, and two elevators -- one of them owned by a local family, the Lowe brothers.

Improved roads and faster cars have made it but a short run in to Moose jaw, less than 12 miles away. Baildon is now down to two families who live permanently in the hamlet. The elevator agent, the municipal secretary and many farmers of the district (like myself) live in Moose Jaw."


  1. Hand written entries in the Register of Licenses granted in the Division of Otley in the West Riding of the County of York
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Taken from the typed notes of the wife of Albert Walker Nettleton.
  3. Blue Hill Cemetery website