Paul Morris Bredt (1854-1937)
Bringing Germans to Canada
This early Edenwold district pioneer (1895) raised pure-bred Shorthorn cattle and Clydesdale horses. About 1900, he moved to Regina to work as an immigration officer and colonizing agent. His efforts to attract German immigrants to the city were so successful that the area east of Broad Street, where many of them settled, was soon called “Germantown”. Paul founded the German-language newspaper, the Saskatchewan Courier. He encouraged assimilation among the new immigrants. In 1909, he was appointed Livestock Commissioner for the province, a position he held until 1912. He retired to the family farm in 1919.
One of the early settlers in the Edenwold district, Paul came to the Northwest Territories in the summer of 1895. He became a prominent breeder of pure-bred livestock, one of the best known livestock men in Canada, and advocate of mixed farming. In 1901, he moved to Regina and worked as an immigration officer and colonizing agent under the federal government. He helped to found the German Mutual Improvement Society in 1903. This organization concentrated on social evenings and English language instruction, and prohibited religious and political controversy.
In 1907, Paul was instrumental in establishing Regina’s second German-language newspaper, the Saskatchewan Courier or Der Courier, which rapidly became the most widely read German newspaper in Canada. With the initial capital coming from the Liberal Party, the paper flourished and, by 1911, had a circulation of 7,000. While serving as the paper’s first director, Paul hoped that it would become another means of soliciting German immigrants to Regina. In retrospect, it is not surprising that eastern Regina was once known as “Germantown”.
In 1909, Paul was appointed livestock commissioner for the Saskatchewan Department of Agriculture under W. R. Motherwell. Serving in this position until 1912, Paul later moved to Calgary where he continued his livestock enterprise. Upon his retirement in 1919, he returned to the family farm at Edenwold, Sask. A native of Leipzig, Germany, Paul married Margarete Elisabeth Miillar (1855-1912) in Germany, who passed away as the result of pneumonia.