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

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The Selkirk School District was organized in December 1878. It eventually became part of the Lord Selkirk School Division. A two-storey brick school building was constructed along Eaton Avenue sometime before 1907. In September 1907, voters of the Selkirk School District decided by a 97 to 7 margin to spend $11,000 upgrading the building based on a design by Winnipeg architect William Fingland. After 1920, senior students were moved to the Devonshire Collegiate building nearby. The site is now the parking lot of a shopping mall.

Principals

Period

Principal

1890-1891

Farquhar McRae (1840-1913)

1891-1892

Francis Kethel “Frank” Coleridge (1865-1944)

1892-1898

?

1898-1899

Archibald Wesley Hooper (1868-1941)

1900-1903

Percy Dewart Harris (1871-1953)

1903-1904

Hugh William Watson (1872-?)

1904-1905

Norman Benson Tufts (1875-1921)

1905-1906

A. A. McNeil

1906-1909

?

1910

Peter Robert Loutit (1878-1961)

1911-1912

?

1913-1914

Miss Hall

1915-1919

?

1920-1921

Miss Hall

Principals (Junior High)

Period

Principal

1929-1945

Nellie Blanche Lyons Gobert (1882-?)

1946-1947

Sarah “Ruth” Swanson (1904-1976)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1913-1914

Miss Hountton, Miss Orton

1919-1920

Annie Calder (grades 5-6), Mrs. G. Radcliffe (grades 5-6)

1921-1922

Miss Chambers, Miss Cornish, Miss Alice Daly, Miss Hall, Miss Mann, Miss McIntyre, Miss Newton, Miss D. Teeter

1932-1933

Elementary Department: Mrs. J. Finnsson, Miss E. McKay, Maude Nixon, Ruth Swanson

Junior High Department: Mrs. W. M. Angus, Eleanor Flint, Phylis M. Frank

1933-1934

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Eleanor Flint, Phylis M. Frank

1934-1935

?

1935-1936

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Miss J. Finnsson, Eleanor Flint, Phylis M. Frank, Alda Jones, Maude Nixon, Ruth Swanson

1936-1937

Mrs. W. M. Angus, N. B. Barick, Eleanor Flint, Phylis M. Frank, Miss A. Jones, Maude Nixon, Ruth Swanson

1937-1938

Mrs. W. M. Angus, J. B. Barrick BSc, Eleanor Flint, Phylis M. Frank, Alda Jones, Maude Nixon, Ruth Swanson

1938-1939

?

1939-1940

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Phylis M. Frank, Elsie McKay, Maude Nixon, Ruth Swanson, C. E. Williamson

1940-1941

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Phylis M. Frank, Alda Jones, Kathleen MacQueen, Elsie McKay, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Ruth Swanson, Mr. C. G. Williamson

1941-1942

Mrs. W.M. Angus, Verna Gunter, T. Harriott, Alda Jones, Elsie McKay, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Miss J. S. Olafson, Ruth Swanson

1942-1943

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Elsie McKay, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Miss J. S. Olafson, Ruth Swanson, Mrs. C. Wright

1943-1944

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Miss J. S. Olafson, Mrs. C. P. Reid, Ruth Swanson, Miss R. Thackeray, Mrs. C. Wright

1944-1945

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Mrs. E. I. Dewar, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Miss J. S. Olafson, Mrs. C. P. Reid, Ruth Swanson, Miss R. Thackeray, Mr. C. B. Tyler (manual training)

1945-1946

Mrs. W. M. Angus, Mrs. E. S. Dewar, Mrs. J. J. Moody, Miss J. S. Olafson, Ila Purdy, Ruth Swanson, Mr. C. B. Tyler

1946-1947

Mrs. W. M. Angus (grades 7 & 8), Miss A. Benoit (grades 7 & 8), Miss M. Lebit (grades 7 & 8), Alda Jones (grade 3), Mrs. Louise Jones (grades 7 & 8), Mrs. J. J. Moody (grade 2), Miss I. Purdy (grade 1), Ruth Swanson (grades 4 & 5), Mr. C. B. Tyler (manual workshop)

Chairs of the Selkirk School Board

Period

Principal

1932-1934

Walter Henry Gabriel “Harry” Gibbs (1872-1952)

1934-?

James Osborne McLenaghen (1892-1950)

?-1941

?

1941-1949

Ruth Caroline Hooker (c1901-1957)

1949-?

Charles Harper (c1902-1965)

Photos & Maps

Selkirk Central School

Postcard view of the Selkirk Central School, with the public library in the right background (circa 1910)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0274

Selkirk Central School

Fire insurance map showing the location of the Selkirk Central School (September 1916)
Source: Library and Archives Canada

Selkirk Schools

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.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.14306, W96.87301
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

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

Sources:

“Provincial paragraphs,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 18 October 1882, page 2.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 April 1907, page 24.

“Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 September 1907, page 12.

“Petition against new fisheries law,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 24 May 1910, page 11.

“Selkirk news and local events,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 August 1914, page 31.

Selkirk, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, September 1916, Library and Archives Canada.

“Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 December 1919, page 16.

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

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

“Grade 12 to be tought [sic] at Selkirk Collegiate,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 September 1932, page 3.

“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.

“Personalities,” Manitoba School Journal, Vol. 6, No. 9, May 1944, page 2.

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

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

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

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.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 November 2018

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