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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Devonshire Collegiate Institute / Devonshire School (Main Street, Selkirk)

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Before 1920, high school classes were held in the Selkirk Central School building. The Devonshire Collegiate Institute building was constructed in 1920, at an estimated cost of $30,000, on a design by Winnipeg architect E. D. Tuttle. Built by contractor H. Sigurdson of Winnipeg, at the corner of Eaton Avenue and Main Street in Selkirk, the two-storey brick structure measured 74 feet by 54 feet. Its main floor had four classrooms, while a school board meeting room, library, and physical science laboratory were on a second floor. In the basement were domestic science and manual training rooms, and an assembly hall. It was opened officially at a ceremony held on 11 May 1920, attended by Robert Fletcher and W. A. McIntyre.

Around 1947, the Devonshire Collegiate building became an elementary school. A four-classroom extension was made in 1954. The school closed at the end of the 1971 school year. The building was gutted that year and demolished in 1972. The site is now occupied by a shopping mall.

Principals (Devonshire Collegiate Institute, 1906-1947)

Period

Principal

1906-1922

Horace A. Stokes (1863-1944)

1922-1927

Bedford Almer Tingley (1879-1945)

1927-1932

J. N. Clark

1932-1947

Samuel Alfred Wright (1900-1966)

After 1947

See Selkirk Collegiate Institute

Principals (Devonshire School, 1947-1971)

Period

Principal

1947-1948

Cameron Earl Couling (1917-1976)

1949-1952

John Erle Outhwaite

1952-1956

Casimir “Cas” Hollinger (1914-2001)

1956-?

?

?-?

Tony Maksymyk (1925-2007)

Teachers (Devonshire Collegiate Institute - partial list)

School Year

Teachers

1882-1883

Mr. Wall

1913-1914

Miss Dawson

1914-1915

Miss Scott

1920-1921

four teachers plus two special teachers: Miss Orr (domestic science), Mr. McIntosh (manual training)

1921-1922

Miss Dickinson, Mr. Law, Mr. Mackintosh, Miss Orr, Miss Pettingell, Mrs. Stokes

1932-1933

Miss M. Anderson, Miss C. Carson, Miss W. J. Fraser, Mrs S. S. Hall (Special Education), Ruth Willey

1933-1935

?

1935-1936

Margaret Anderson, Frederick Andrew Richard Justus, Miss F. J. Fraser, Mrs. S. S. Hall (Special Education), Ruth Willey

1936-1937

Margaret Anderson, Miss Mabel Fraser, Mrs. S. S. Hall (Special Education), Frederick Andrew Richard Justus, Albert Edward Reid

1937-1938

Margaret Anderson BA, Miss M. J. Fraser BA, Albert Edward Reid, J. M. Wilkie

1938-1939

?

1939-1940

Margaret Anderson, Anne Loutit, Charles A. Ursel, J. M. Wilkie

1940-1941

Margaret Anderson, Anne Loutit, Mr. J. K. McKay, Mr. B. F. Redmond, Charles A. Ursel

1941-1942

Margaret Anderson BA, Mr. V. Bonin BA, Anne Loutit, Mr. J. K. Mckay BA, Miss B. F. “Betty” Redmond BA, Charles A. Ursel

1942-1943

Margaret Anderson, Victor Bonin, Pauline E. McArthur, William Neufeld

1943-1944

Margaret Anderson, Pauline E. McArthur, Victor Bonin, Mr. C. H. Cardinal

1944-1945

Margaret Anderson, Victor Bonin, Pauline E. McArthur, L. Peto

1945-1946

Margaret Anderson, Victor Bonin, Mrs. W. E. Gordon, L. Peto

1946-1947

Margaret Anderson, L. Buelow, W. B. Deering, Miss M. Morris, Miss M. Tucker

Teachers (Devonshire School - partial list)

School Year

Teachers

1947-1948

Alda Jones, Miss A. Marchand, Miss V. McLeod, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Miss B. Taylor

1948-1949

Alda Jones, Mrs. E. B. Moody

1949-1950

Mrs. A. Browning, Adelmar Friesen, Alda Jones, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Stephanie Sawchuk

1950-1951

Mrs. A. Browning, Enid Cousins, Alda Jones, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Stephanie Sawchuk

1951-1952

Mrs. A. Browning, Mrs. A. Borody, Alda Jones, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Miss A. Patson

1952-1953

Alda Jones, B. McPhail, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Miss A. Patson, G. Wakeman

1953-1954

Mrs. W. Harriott, Alda Jones, Mrs. E. B. Moody, Mrs G. Wakeman, May Zook

1954-1955

Mrs. A. Browning (grade 7), Mrs. E. I. Dewar (grade 5), Miss A. V. Foster (grade 6), Casimir “Cas” Hollinger (grade 8), Alda Jones (grade 4), Miss M. A. Mandryk (grade 1), Miss V. A. Spencer (grade 2), M. M. Stefanchuk (grades 6 & 7), Miss G. Williamson (grade 3)

1955-1956

Mrs. A. Browning, Mrs. E. I. Dewar, Alda Jones, Miss Mandryk, Miss A. Pasiushenko, M. Miss V. A. Spencer, Stefanchuk, Miss M. M. Thatcher, Miss G. Williamson

Other teachers: Miss Cumming (grade 1), Miss Free (grade 2), Miss Kulpak (grade 3).

Photos & Maps

Devonshire Collegiate Institute

Devonshire Collegiate Institute (1919)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7446, Album 1, Page 55.

Devonshire School

Devonshire School (no date)
Source: Andrew Cunningham

Selkirk Central School at left with Devonshire School in the background

Selkirk Central School at left with Devonshire School in the background (August 1937)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7453, Album 20, Page 46.

Devonshire School

Devonshire School (circa 1942)
Source: Ken Howard

Site Location (lat/long): N50.14314, W96.87436
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Selkirk School No. 69 (Eaton Avenue, Selkirk)

Personal Memoirs: Memories of Devonshire Collegiate Institute by Ken Howard, Shirley Howard Thompson, Claire Howard Lee, and Lou H. Howard

Sources:

“Selkirk’s collegiate institute now housed in new and spacious edifice,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 May 1920, page 45.

“Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1920, page 11.

“Interesting newsy items from Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1921, page 4.

“Four Selkirk schools open for fall season,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1933, page 11.

“Many present as school goes in at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 September 1935, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1936, page 3.

“Teachers are named for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 August 1937, page 2.

“One thousand pupils for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1939, page 2.

“Thousand to enroll in Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1940, page 4.

“Schools of Selkirk to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1941, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1942, page 2.

“Schools to reopen in Selkirk Sept. 7,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1943, page 10.

“Selkirk schools to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1944, page 3.

“Selkirk school staff engage for new term,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1945, page 19.

“Selkirk news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1947, page 9.

“Selkirk school staff named,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1946, page 20.

“Selkirk schools re-open Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 August 1949, page 19.

“Selkirk schools have record teaching staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1950, page 23.

“Selkirk notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 11.

“Staffs named for schools at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1952, page 10.

“School Board lists teachers at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1953, page 8.

“Selkirk schools set teacher list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1954, page 2.

“Devonshire School extension opening scheduled Wednesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 October 1954, page 18.

“School starts Sept. 1 for Selkirk pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1955, page 12.

“The Selkirk planning scheme 1965E,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1965, page 20.

We thank Randy Rostecki, Garth Reid, Wilma Hruden, Nancy Wasylnuk, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Ken Howard, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 October 2018

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