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Historic Sites of Manitoba: MacGregor School No. 240 (Fox Street, MacGregor, Municipality of North Norfolk)

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A monument, situated in front of the present MacGregor Elementary School, commemorates MacGregor School, formally established in September 1883 with a building erected at NW33-11-10W in 1886. It was replaced by a two-storey brick structure designed by Winnipeg architect Henry Sandham Griffith, constructed in 1903, later enlarged with a two-storey addition, and demolished in 1975. Its bell sits atop a monument in front of the MacGregor Elementary School.

As of 1 January 1965, MacGregor School became part of MacGregor Consolidated School No. 2434, along with several schools in the vicinity, including Beaver Creek School No. 103, Birmingham School No. 2086, Chipping Hill School No. 488, Emmeline School No. 683, Image Creek School No. 712, Macaulay School No. 1159, Path Head School No. 675, Southend School No. 1158, and Squirrel Creek School No. 76.

Construction of MacGregor Collegiate, across the road from MacGregor Elementary School, began in 1956 and was completed in 1957. Senior students moved into the building in November 1957 with an official opening ceremony in January 1958.

Principals (MacGregor School)

Period

Principal

1898-1899

Benjamin Jones Hales (1868-1945)

1899-1900

?

1900-1903

Archibald L. McLean

1903-1904

Francis Henry “Frank” Belton (1869-1936)

1904-1908

William Moore (1872-1956)

1908-1909

Douglas Leader Durkin (1884-1967)

1909-1910

R. A. Downey

1910-1912

?

1912-1913

Alfred James Struthers (1889-1979)

1913-1915

John Cunningham Anderson (1862-1929)

1915-1916

Walter Gard Jose (1878-1948)

1916-1917

William Skidmore (c1885-?)

1917-1919

Alfred James Struthers (c1890-?)

1919-1920

M. E. MacGregor

1920-1931

Winfred Elmore Marsh (1872-1932)

1931-1934

Fanny Ivy Parr (1907-1966)

1934-1935

Charles K. Gorrie

1935-1936

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1936-1940

Wesley Sterling McGill (1904-1986)

1940-1942

John Ensworth Morison (1896-1983)

1942-1948

Leopold Raymond Labossiere (1913-1969)

1948-1951

Vivian Clarkson “Clark” Hardy (1897-1982)

1951-1952

T. D. McKie

1952-1956

Norman Ernest Wright (1906-1957)

1956-1957

G. Bergen

1957-1969

?

1969-1970

L. B. Patterson

1970-1989

?

1989-?

Malcolm Burt

Teachers (MacGregor School)

Among the teachers at MacGregor School were Wilfrid B. “Wilf” Book (1938-?), Agnes S. Crickard (1953), John Alfred Hammond, and William J. Grant (c1896).

Principals (MacGregor Collegiate)

Period

Principal

1957-1958

Ken Stanway

1958-1959

M. Desrosiers

1959-1960

Helen Jean Hampton (1902-1985)

1960-1961

Gordon Alexander Henderson (1920-1993)

1961-1963

G. E. Raymer

1963-1965

Helen Jean Hampton (1902-1985)

1965-1966

C. J. Bender

1966-1968

H. Schroeder

1968-1973

S. Konopski

1973-c1975

?

c1975-c1983

David Edwin “Dave” Simpkin (?-1987)

c1983-1986

?

1986-?

Darwin Sidney Crabbe

Teachers (MacGregor Collegiate)

No information.

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of MacGregor School

Postcard view of MacGregor School (no date) by William J. Bates
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2020-0122

Postcard view of MacGregor School

Postcard view of MacGregor School (no date) by Charles I. Meyers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 85.

MacGregor School

MacGregor School (July 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - MacGregor 1.

MacGregor School commemorative monument

MacGregor School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.96901, W98.78138
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.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Tim Pennell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 December 2021

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