This summer marked Ponteix' centennial.
Ponteix has not always been named Ponteix. When the first settlers came in 1908, the community named its village Notre Dame d'Auvergne.
What with Ponteix and the Auvergne? Well, both are intimately intertwined.
Ponteix (pronounce Pont[ɛ]) is located in Auvergne, France. The first inhabitants of Ponteix, Saskatchewan, were the Sisters of Notre Dame. They built the first convent. They came in 1913, followed by the community residents in 1914.
The founder of Ponteix, Father Albert-Marie Royer (the very one who signs the articles of this blog!) picked that name for it reminded him of his parish in the remote land of Auvergne.