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Historic Sites of Manitoba: La Riviere Consolidated School No. 516 (La Riviere, Municipality of Pembina)

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The La Riviere School District was established in September 1887 in La Riviere in what is now the Municipality of Pembina. In 1908, it became a Consolidated School and, through the years, several smaller rural schools were closed and their students came to it, including Silver Springs School No. 119, Archibald School No. 151, Kingsley School No. 221, McKenzie School No. 235, Willowdale School No. 309, and Mountain School No. 367. A two-storey brick school building was constructed in 1903, using bricks made at the nearby brickyard, and it operated until 1945 when it was condemned as unsafe. Classes were held in various places around the village until a replacement school was constructed later that year. It opened in January 1946 and had four classrooms, a library, science laboratory, furnace room, and auditorium. The school closed in 1984 and the building was demolished. The site is now occupied by a private residence.

Principals

Period

Principal

1905-1913

James Tod (1869-1930)

1913-1915

Harmon Elmer Sweet (1888-1967)

1915-1920

Blanche McIntyre (1886-1974)

1920-1921

E. M. MacGregor

1921-1925

Marjory Thompson Smith (1892-1969)

1925-1926

Ruth Parker (1894-1953)

1926-1927

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1927-1931

Marjory Thompson Smith (1892-1969)

1931-1941

Peter W. Warkentin (?-?)

1941-1942

Marjory Thompson Smith (1892-1969)

1942-1946

Norris George Aitken (1913-2001)

1946-1947

Ruby Valera Arndt Joyce (1916-2021)

1947-1948

Rudolph Verne Dankesreiter (1900-1952)

1948-1950

Chester MacMillan Fraser (1904-1975)

1950-1951

Teresa Moloney (1899-1983)

1951-1955

Annie Belle Fraser (1892-1974)

1955-1956

Harry Shafransky (1930-1986)

1956-1958

Jack L. Horky

1958-1960

John Vanderstoel (1933-2013)

1960-1962

Gordon Victor Reynolds (1926-1964)

1962-1963

D. Friesen

1963-1964

Edward V. Domaratzki

1964-1967

?

1967-1969

William Sanford “Bill” Kirbyson (1908-1995)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1889

Emily Armstrong, J. M. Stewart

1890

Lydia Buchanan

1891

George Thomas

1892

Lida Brown

1893

Tillie Couch

1894

Maggie McDougall

1895

Anna Creighton, Maggie McDougall

1896

L. Cranston

1897-1900

Vivian Cooper

1900-1901

Harry McIntosh

1905-1907

Maggie Blain

1907-1909

Helen Perfect

1909

Mary Black

1910-1911

Gertrude Grith

1911-1912

June Maloney

1912

Leah Embury

1913

A. E. Pollock

1914-1915

J. P. Bennett, Bessie Forrest, Ethel McBeth

1915-1916

A. E. Pollock

1918

Elizabeth Fargey, Florence Fargey, Grace Oke

1919

Helen Amy, Edna Campain, A. E. Pollock

1920-1921

Helen Amy, Elizabeth Fargey, Walter Morrow

1921-1922

Annie Christian, Elizabeth Fargey

1924

N. Petrie, J. C. Williamson

1925

Alma Erickson, A. E. Pollock

1926-1927

S. E. Moffatt, R. C. Mulligan

1927-1928

C. M. Fraser, Marjorie Jeffrey, A. E. Pollock, M. Thompson

1930

Art Lawson, A. E. Pollock

1931-1936

Annie B. Fraser, Marjorie Jeffrey, Annie Pollock

1937

Annie B. Fraser, Marjorie Jeffrey

1938

Annie Blackburn, Annie B. Fraser

1939-1940

Annie Blackburn, Annie B. Fraser, Jean E. McDonald

1941-1942

Annie Davis (Blackburn), Lydia Fargey, Annie B. Fraser

1942-1943

Ila Cockriell, Annie B. Fraser, Dorothy Houlden

1943-1944

Ila Cockriell, Ila Langley

1944-1945

Ila Cockriell, Ila Langley

1945-1946

Ila Langley, Ruby Plomp, Doris Shaver

1946-1947

Norma Handford, Ruby Plomp, Doris Shaver

1947-1948

Phyliss Beaumont, Lyra McQuarrie

1948-1949

Lyra McQuarrie, D. Glen Stewart

1949-1951

Lyra McQuarrie, Myrtle Scharf

1951-1952

Lavina Klien, L. O. Long, Beulah Weeks

1952-1953

Mrs. M. J. Gliddon, K. N. Krym, Phyliss Lundgren

1953-1954

Phyliss Lundgren, Irene Patterson

1954-1955

Hazel Harris, Lavina Klien, Phyliss Lundgren

1955-1956

Verna McCartney, Helen Morrow

1956-1957

Myrtle Scharf, L. A. Schultz

1957-1958

Myrtle Scharf, John Vanderstoel

1958-1960

Ewart Hudson, Myrtle Scharf

1960-1962

Donna Knight, Bruce Mintenko, Myrtle Scharf

1962-1963

Darlene Henderson, Bruce Mintenko, Myrtle Scharf, Vera Stewart

1963-1964

Tena Moffatt, Carol Pokrant, Bryan Tyerman, Carol Tyerman

1964-1965

Tena Moffat, Bryan Tyerman, Carol Tyerman, Alida Zaal

1965-1966

Tena Moffatt, Lois Stilwell, Bryan Tyerman, Carol Tyerman

1966-1967

Pat Dunn, Gorge Hinds, Tena Moffat, Ivy Rance, Myrtle Scharf, Lois Stilwell

1967-1968

Pat Dunn, Jean Gardiner, William Kirbyson, Tena Moffat

1968-1969

Pat Dunn, William Kirbyson, Tena Moffat, Cheryl Rose

1969-1970

Pat Cavers, Jake Letkeman, Tena Moffatt, Marge Norrie, Donna Riseborough

1970-1972

Millie Goosen, Emily Goring, Jake Letkeman, Marge Norrie

1972-1973

Dennis Herntier, Jake Letkeman, Emily Lovell, Marge Norrie

1973-1974

Bruce Johnson, Kathy Kuran, Jake Letkeman, Emily Lovell, Gerry McPhail

1974-1975

?

1975-1976

?

1976-1977

?

1977-1978

?

1978-1979

?

1979-1980

?

1980-1981

?

1981-1982

?

1982-1983

?

1983-1984

?

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of La Riviere School

Postcard view of La Riviere School (1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0037.

Postcard view of La Riviere School

Postcard view of La Riviere School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, MN0306

La Riviere School commemorative sign

La Riviere School commemorative sign (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.23622, W98.67747
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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.

Turning Leaves: A History of La Riviere and District by La Riviere Historical Book Committee, c1979. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.L38 Tur]

We thank Rob McInnes and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 May 2021

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