Glenavon, Saskatchewan

Glenavon is a village within the Rural Municipality of Chester No. 125, in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The village had a population of 182 in the 2016 Canada Census, (a 3.4% increase from 176 in the 2011 Canada Census).

Village of Glenavon
Glenavon, Saskatchewan is located in Saskatchewan
Glenavon, Saskatchewan
Location of Glenavon in Saskatchewan
Glenavon, Saskatchewan is located in Canada
Glenavon, Saskatchewan
Glenavon, Saskatchewan (Canada)
Coordinates: 50°10′52″N 103°07′55″W / 50.181°N 103.132°W / 50.181; -103.132
Country Canada
Province Saskatchewan
Census division5
Rural MunicipalityChester No. 125
 • TypeMunicipal
 • Governing bodyGlenavon Village Council
 • MayorBlair Arnott[1]
 • AdministratorJames Hoff
 • Total1.32 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
 • Total182
 • Density137.6/km2 (356/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
Postal code
S0G 1Y0
Area code(s)306
Highways Hwy 48
RailwaysCanadian National Railway


Canada census – Glenavon, Saskatchewan community profile
2016 2011 2006
Population: 182 (+3.4% from 2011) 176 (-3.8% from 2006) 104 (-11.6% from 2001)
Land area: 1.32 km2 (0.51 sq mi) 1.32 km2 (0.51 sq mi) 1.32 km2 (0.51 sq mi)
Population density: 137.6/km2 (356/sq mi) 133.1/km2 (345/sq mi) 138.4/km2 (358/sq mi)
Median age: 54.0 (M: 51.5, F: 55.3) 50.8 (M: 47.7, F: 55.0) 53.5 (M: 50.5, F: 61.3)
Total private dwellings: 121 118 117
Median household income: $Not Available
References: 2016[6] 2011[7] 2006[8] earlier[9]


Murder of Anna JuswiakEdit

On May 5, 1950, 23-year old Polish émigrée Anna Juswiak boarded a train in Regina bound for Glenavon, where she was to meet friends of her fiancé, Stanley Kisilowski.[10] On May 6, Juswiak's body was discovered in the backyard of a Glenavon home, "her head battered by a blunt instrument."[11] Subsequently, Royal Canadian Mounted Police interviewed a man registered as "Leo Beaudry" from Portage La Prairie at a hotel in Kipling, identifying him as 25-year old John Woltucky, an ex-military and ex-convict using an alias, who had been released from penitentiary in Prince Albert on April 17, 1950.[11] Woltucky was previously serving out a three-year sentence for illegal possession of a firearm, five charges of housebreaking, and theft of a parka.[12] Police were initially "convinced that Woltucky did not answer to the description of the man they were looking for," but, with additional information from authorities in Glenavon, picked up Woltucky at the train station minutes before he was to board an outbound train.[11] Among his personal effects, police discovered a bank book belonging to Ms. Juswiak.[10] Two women from Kipling, Saskatchewan, Mrs. Lars Pearson and Mrs. Alf Johnston, identified Woltucky as having disembarked the train in Glenavon accompanying Juswiak.[11]

The trial of John Woltucky proved sensational for the small town of Glenavon, where, "nothing like it had ever happened before in the peaceful community."[13] In multiple newspapers, the murder of Anna Juswiak was initially reported as a shooting.[14][15] During the trial Glenavon's population of roughly 250 was "augmented by some 200 non-residents."[11] According to Regina Leader-Post reporter Robert Tyre, "the murder itself was overshadowed by the antics of the villagers who deserted home, business, and family en masse to prowl and poke about the scene of the crime like an army of Scotland Yard detectives gravely and earnestly searching for clues."[13]

Woltucky was convicted and found guilty twice, both times sentenced to the death penalty.[10] During his detainment, he underwent psychological testing at Weyburn's Souris Valley Mental Health Hospital, from which he escaped on July 2, 1951 and was later re-apprehended.[16]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ National Archives, Archivia Net, Post Offices and Postmasters, archived from the original on 2006-10-06
  3. ^ Government of Saskatchewan, MRD Home, Municipal Directory System, archived from the original on November 21, 2008
  4. ^ Canadian Textiles Institute. (2005), CTI Determine your provincial constituency, archived from the original on 2007-09-11
  5. ^ Commissioner of Canada Elections, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada (2005), Elections Canada On-line, archived from the original on 2007-04-21
  6. ^ "2016 Community Profiles". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  7. ^ "2011 Community Profiles". 2011 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. July 5, 2013. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  8. ^ "2006 Community Profiles". 2006 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. March 30, 2011. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  9. ^ "2001 Community Profiles". 2001 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. February 17, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Pacholik, Barb (2009). Paper cows & other Saskatchewan crime stories. Pruden, Jana G., 1974-, University of Regina. Canadian Plains Research Center. Regina [Sask.]: Canadian Plains Research Center. pp. 91–97. ISBN 978-0-88977-276-2. OCLC 772396369.CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  11. ^ a b c d e Staff Writer (June 10, 1950). "Higher court for Woltucky - In Glenavon murder". The Leader-Post. p. 8. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  12. ^ Staff Writer (December 20, 1947). "Three-Year Sentence". Winnipeg Free Press. p. 8. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Tyre, Robert (1950). Along the Highway. Regina, Saskatchewan: School Aids and Text Book Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 12.
  14. ^ Canadian Press (May 9, 1950). "Charge Man with Murdering DP Girl". Medicine Hat News. p. 4. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  15. ^ Canadian Press (May 9, 1950). "Ex-City Man Faces Charge of Murder". Winnipeg Tribune. p. 5. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Canadian Press (July 4, 1951). "Escaped Mental Patient Captured at Weyburn". Winnipeg Free Press. p. 2. Retrieved March 8, 2020.

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Coordinates: 50°10′52″N 103°07′55″W / 50.181°N 103.132°W / 50.181; -103.132