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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 the village of 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 V. Arndt

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

J. M. Stewart, Emily Armstrong

1890

Lydia Buchanan

1891

George Thomas

1892

Lida Brown

1893

Tillie Couch

1894

Maggie McDougall

1895

Maggie McDougall, Anna Creighton

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

Ethel McBeth, J. P. Bennett, Bessie Forrest

1915-1916

A. E. Pollock

1918

Grace Oke, Elizabeth Fargey, Florence Fargey

1919

Edna Campain, Helen Amy, A. E. Pollock

1920-1921

Walter Morrow, Helen Amy, Elizabeth Fargey

1921-1922

Annie Christian, Elizabeth Fargey

1924

J. C. Williamson, N. Petrie

1925

A. E. Pollock, Alma Erickson

1926-1927

R. C. Mulligan, S. E. Moffatt

1927-1928

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

1930

A. E. Pollock, Art Lawson

1931-1936

Marjorie Jeffrey, Annie Pollock, Annie Fraser

1937

Marjorie Jeffrey, Annie Fraser

1938

Annie Blackburn, Annie Fraser

1939-1940

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

1941-1942

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

1942-1943

Dorothy Houlden, Ila Cockriell, Annie B. Fraser

1943-1944

Ila Langley, Ila Cockriell

1944-1945

Ila Cockriell, Ila Langley

1945-1946

Ila Langley, Doris Shaver, Ruby Plomp

1946-1947

Norma Handford, Doris Shaver, Ruby Plomp

1947-1948

Lyra McQuarrie, Phyliss Beaumont

1948-1949

Lyra McQuarrie, D. Glen Stewart

1949-1951

Myrtle Scharf, Lyra McQuarrie

1951-1952

L. O. Long, Lavina Klien, Beulah Weeks

1952-1953

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

1953-1954

Phyliss Lundgren, Mrs. Irene Patterson

1954-1955

Lavina Klien, Hazel Harris, Phyliss Lundgren

1955-1956

Verna McCartney, Helen Morrow

1956-1957

L. A. Schultz, Myrtle Scharf

1957-1958

John Vanderstoel, Myrtle Scharf

1958-1960

Ewart Hudson, Myrtle Scharf

1960-1962

Bruce Mintenko, Donna Knight, Myrtle Scharf

1962-1963

Bruce Mintenko, Darlene Henderson, Vera Stewart, Myrtle Scharf

1963-1964

Bryan Tyerman, Tena Moffatt, Carol Tyerman, Carol Pokrant

1964-1965

B. Tyerman, T. Moffat, C. Tyerman, Alida Zaal

1965-1966

B. Tyerman, T. Moffatt, C. Tyerman, Lois Stilwell

1966-1967

George Hinds, Myrtle Scharf, Ivy Rance, T. Moffat, Pat Dunn, Lois Stilwell

1967-1968

W. Kirbyson, T. Moffat, Pat Dunn, Jean Gardiner

1968-1969

W. Kirbyson, T. Moffat, Pat Dunn, Cheryl Rose

1969-1970

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

1970-1972

J. Letkeman, Millie Goosen, Emily Goring, Marge Norrie

1972-1973

Dennis Herntier, M. Norrie, J. Letkeman, Emily Lovell

1973-1974

Bruce Johnson, J. Letkeman, Emily Lovell, Gerry McPhail, Kathy Kuran

Photos & Maps

Postcard of La Riviere School, constructed in 1903 and demolished around 1945 (1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company, Napinka
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0037.

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

La Riviere School

La Riviere School monument (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (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: 15 July 2017

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