Sprague get its name from Dan Sprague, an English gentleman who came to the area to make use of the lumber reserves. Some time around 1885, Mr. Sprague formed the Sprague Lumber Company. The company sent wood upriver by booms to Point Douglas where a sawmill cut it into lumber for Winnipeg’s booming housing construction.
In 1900, the railway arrived into the area due to the efforts of about 300 men who constructed the railway by hand, using little more than shovels, axes, and wheelbarrows. This facilitated the movement of wood to Winnipeg and opened the area up for further development. The railway also connected Sprague with Thunder Bay (via Warroad, MN), Rainy River, and Fort Frances. The Canadian National Railway’s first agent to the area, Mr. Robert Conklin, was sent from Winnipeg. The second agent, John Ely Canham, lived in Sprague until his death. R.G. Mills became the 3rd railway agent upon Mr. Canham’s retirement. Mills was also the son of Sprague’s first Customs officer, Wm. Mills. The customs building and the railroad station were housed in the same building until the 1960’s, upon which, the Custom’s building was moved to the 49th parallel near Middlebro.
The CNR also participated in starting Sprague’s first school. The railway company lent a box car to Mrs. Emes, the area’s first nurse and schoolteacher. Mrs. Emes acted as the region’s doctor, midwife, nurse, and teacher for many years… all while raising 7 children of her own.
CANADA CUSTOMS PORT OF ENTRY:
Open 24 Hours
Kitt’s Duty Free Shop
Evergreen Seniors Group – available to rent for showers, birthdays, anniversaries, family events
000000000000000000000– Wellness Program: Mondays
000000000000000000000– Meals Program: Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays
000000000000000000000– Activity Day: Thursday Afternoons (card games, pool, & lunch)
Sprague Chamber of Commerce
Sprague Community Cemetery – Located on Road 80E, 1/4 mile North of Road 3N
0000000000000000000000000– Small non-profit charitable organization (will issue a Tax Deductible Receipt for any donation)
0000000000000000000000000– Donations are greatly appreciated
0000000000000000000000000– For information or plot purchases, please contact Gary or Idalynn Sigurdson 204-437-2536 / Bruno Winterer 204-437-2732
Sprague & Area Community Arena
Open for free public skating
Hours: weekdays 3:30-9:00pm
Weekends and holidays / school break : 12:00pm-9:00pm
Please be respectful and clean up after yourself/ group. No entrance is permitted elsewhere in the rink aside from the warming room. A selection of donated gear is available within the warming room, please place neatly back in place after use.
If there are any questions about the rink or you are interested in renting the ice, call Carey Hebel 204-437-2335.
Sprague Community Hall
Sprague Baseball Grounds
Postal Code: R0A 1Z0