Haskett Store

Haskett  Store
(100+  year old building) 

PTM Haskett Store 800x600The information for the Haskett General Store was taken from a manuscript "A History of Haskett" which was written in 1952 by a former Haskett teacher Peter Dyck. In 2007 this information and more information was added into a book "Haskett Centennial History" by Peter Letkeman.

  • Haskett is a community 2 km north of the USA border, about 10 miles (16 km) south and 2 miles (3 km) west of Winkler.
  • In 1907 Haskett was established  by a Mr. Haskett from Iowa USA.
  • In 1908 the Haskett store was moved to Haskett from Winkler and the first proprietor was Peter M. Elias, son of Gerhard A. Elias.
  • The first Post Office was originally in the Haskett Store, after 2 years moved to a store operated in a different building by William M. Elias, and later came back to the Haskett Store.
  • Over the years the Haskett Store was owned by different people and was called different names locally depending who owned or operated it. Elias' Store, Letkeman's Store, Sawatzky's Store, Janzen's Store, Reimer's Store and Friesen's Store.
  • The Haskett Store was known as a General Store and had basic groceries, hardware, cloth, some clothing at times, and snacks. It was also a meeting place where people picked up the mail, school children went there after school to be picked up and visiting was done. It served an area much bigger than the Haskett area itself. People from the surrounding villages came and also from communities to the west in the Pembina Hills.
  • In 1970 the store closed. From 1972 to 1974 it was a residence for the William and Margaret Siemens family. John and Dora Eberhardt and family moved in there in 1975 and in 2009 Dora Eberhardt was the only person left living there.
  • In the spring of 2012 the former store was moved to the Pembina Threshermen's Museum grounds and restoration began.
  • The summer of 2013 saw the restoration completed with finer collectibles being put on display. 
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