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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harold Edwards School (Southport, RM of Portage la Prairie)

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Located on the grounds of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Portage la Prairie Air Station, this Special Revenue School was formed as a provincial school district in August 1952 and named for RCAF Air Marshal Harold “Gus” Edwards. The school, which hosted the children of parents in military service, was staffed by teachers employed through the Department of National Defence. Like the base it was located on (later renamed to CFB Portage la Prairie), the school was closed by the time of the base’s closure in September 1992, owing to military cutbacks. The building was demolished and a commemorative monument stands at its former site.

Principals

Period

Principal

1952-1975

James George “Jim” Dark (1910-1979)

1975-1981

?

1981-?

Mr. Matiation

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1962-1970

Guy William John Costley (?-1988)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1952-1953

James George “Jim” Dark (grades 1-8, 1952; grades 8-9, 1953), Helen Margaret Judd (substitute, 1952; kindergarten, 1953), Olga Jean Onyschuk (grades 1-2, 1953), Minnie Pearl Onyschuk (grades 3-4, 1953), Alma Hazel Norton (grades 5-7, 1953)

1953-1961

?

1961-1962

Marie-Josephe Lecog (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Helen Mae Brown (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 3), Marie Rachelle Ritchot (grades 3-4), Lois Doreen Mollard (grade 4), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Joan Lillian Irvine (grade 6), Dawn Alayne Hogue (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7)

1962-1963

Marie-Josephe Lecog (kindergarten, AM), Lois Doreen Mollard (kindergarten, PM), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Marie Rachelle Ritchot (grade 3), Betty Jean Bertram (grades 3-4), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Grace Tucker (grades 4-5), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Joan Lillian Irvine (grade 6), Helen Mae Brown (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8)

1963-1964

Marie-Josephe Lecog (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Helen Mae Brown (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Lois Doreen Mollard (grade 3), Grace Tucker (grades 3-4), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Joan Lillian Irvine (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8), Stanislawa J. Bahyrycz (French)

1964-1965

Marie-Josephe Lecog (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Helen Mae Brown (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Lois Doreen Mollard (grade 3), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grade 3), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8), Stanislawa J. Bahyrycz (French)

1965-1966

Marie-Josephe Lecog (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Helen Mae Brown (grade 1), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grades 2-3), Lois Doreen Mollard (grade 3), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grade 4), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Dawn Alayne Hogue (grade 5), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8), Stanislawa J. Bahyrycz (French)

1966-1967

Lois Doreen Mollard (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Helen Mae Brown (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 2), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grade 3), Lucille Marie Rennie (grades 3-4), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Margaret Mary McTaggart (grades 4-5), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8), Phoebe LaBrie (French)

1967-1968

Helen Mae Brown (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Allayne Elsie Brown (grades 2-3), Cynthia Gifford Benbridge (grade 3), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grade 4), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Margaret Mary McTaggart (grades 5-6), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Guy William John Costley (grade 8), Phoebe LaBrie (French)

1968-1969

Helen Mae Brown (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Frances Muriel Ackroyd (grade 1), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Lois Janet Edgar (grades 2-3), Allayne Elsie Brown (grade 3), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 4), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grades 4-5), Anna Viola Lamont (grade 5), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Harold William Sibley (grade 8), Raoul Joseph McKay (grade 9), Phoebe LaBrie (French)

1969-1970

Helen Mae Brown (kindergarten), Annie Valentine Wilman (grade 1), Therese Marie Hebert (grades 1-2), Geraldine Evelyn Thompson (grade 2), Lois Janet Edgar McConville (grades 2-3), Allayne Elsie Brown (grade 3), Percelyne Donna Manahan (grade 4), Margaret Mary McTaggart (grades 4-5), Helen Margaret Judd (grade 5), Grace Tucker (grade 6), Grace Bertha Taylor (grade 7), Harold William Sibley (grade 8), Raoul Joseph McKay (grade 9), Phoebe LaBrie (French)

Photos & Maps

Harold Edwards School monument

Harold Edwards School monument (March 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.92047, W98.27545
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Harold “Gus” Edwards (1892-1952)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Edward School No. 1134 (RM of Stanley)

Sources:

“Applications will be considered,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 November 1952, page 33.

“DND School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 Mary 1966, page 43.

“The Harold Edwards School District,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 July 1981, page 57.

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (Schedule: E 0757), GR 1628, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR11219), Harold Edwards School District No. 2340 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 March 2016

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