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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sidney School No. 607 (Sidney, Municipality of North Norfolk)

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The Sidney School District was formally established in October 1889. The first school was located one-half mile south of the town of Sidney, at NW5-11-12W in what is now the Municipality of North Norfolk, and operated from 1890 to 1897, with Miss McLeod of Winnipeg as its first teacher. A two-room brick structure was opened in Sidney and operated from 1897 to 1906. A third, larger two-room frame structure held classes from 1906 to 1968. A third room for the high school was added and operated from 1928 to June 1963, after which senior students were bused to Austin School or Carberry School. Two years after the school closed in 1968, the building was purchased from the Pine Creek School Division and used as a community centre. In July 2000, a monument was erected beside the former school building.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1922

John Erickson

1922-1924

Benjamin Hodkinson (1864-1948)

1924-1925

Ruth Parker (1894-1953)

1925-1930

Sarah Ann Sproat (1885-1976)

1930-1935

Jean Willis Little

1935-1937

David S. Shellenberg (?-?)

1937-1939

Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)

1939-1941

Cecil Cullen Foster (1911-1998)

1941-1942

Irene Rose Bonniman

1942-1943

D. Bruce Johnson

1943-1945

Anne Margaret Zalubniak [Zalubnick]

1945-1948

Jack H. Gibson

1948-1949

Kenneth Donald Bruce (1892-1968)

1949-1956

William V. Domitrack (1908-1978)

1956-1960

Frank Cecil Jacobs (1914-2002)

1960-1962

J. R. Fawcett

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Sidney School were Miss McLeod (1890), Edgar S. Smith (1894-1897), W. Wagg (1895), R. L. Ross (1895), George H. Knowlton (1895-1896), Mary H. Hodgson (1898), William Emmerson (1899-1900), Mary Clarke (1900-1901), Nellie Wilson (1900-1901), E. K. Marshall (1901, 1905), Charles L. Willis (1905), William E. Kilpatrick (1906-1907), Lena McIntosh (1906-1908), Ida Madill (1907-1908), Robert Moir (1908), Minnie M. Reid (1908-1909), Leslie E. Grace (1909-1911), Katie E. Armstrong (1910-1911), Ethel A. Brickley (1911-1912), Margaret McKay (1911-1912), Etta H. Crewson (1912-1920), Laura Crewson (1912-1920), J. J. Jackson (1920-1921), Gertrude E. Jackson (1920-1921), L. Inkster (1921-1922), Beatrice Creasy (1921-1922), Effie R. Johnson (1922), Mary E. Clark (1922-1924), W. C. Hodkinson (1923), Margaret A. Chalmers (1924), Aileen M. Moore (1924), Marjorie M. Shortreed (1925-1926), Bertha Nelson (1925), Harry B. Hunter (1925-1927), Agnes Meta Neville (1927-1930), Florence C. Blair (1927-1928), Jean L. Babb (1928), Thomas Leslie Fox (1929-1930), Susan Menzies (1930-1935), Dorothy I. Bailey (1930-1932), Marjorie M. Muirhead (1932-1936), Muriel Moffatt (1935-1936), Margaret Jeannette Patterson (1936-1938), Muriel MacCunningham (1939-1940), Earla Gertrude Nattrass (1941), Jessie Murray Hannah (1941-1942), Jack H. Gibson (1942-1943), Mrs. Bertha E. Gibson (1942-1947), D. Bruce Johnson (1943), Mrs. Rhoda E. Gibson (1943), Tranna F. Calvert (1946-1954), Donna W. Wedow (1948-1949), Kathleen Shoemaker (1950), Mrs. Donna W. Wright (1950-1956), Doreen M. Skogsterd (1954-1956), Mrs. Doreen Stephenson (1955-1956), Lucy Medevid (1955-1957), Muriel J. Cherry (1957-1959), Glen A. Lowe (1958-1963), Ethel A. Gregory (1963-1964), Mrs. W. Alton (1964-1965), Mrs. Perly Bell (1965), Mrs. Dave Sissons (1966-1967), and Penny Emisch Ham (1966-1967).

Photos & Maps

Sidney School

Sidney School building erected in 1906 (circa 1906)
Source: Education Department Report, 1907, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Sidney School

Sidney School (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 96.

Sidney School

Sidney School (June 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Sidney 3.

Sidney School

The former Sidney School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 895.

Sidney School

The former Sidney School (April 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sidney School Cairn

Sidney School monument (April 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89834, W99.08553
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

A Rear View Mirror: A History of the Austin and Surrounding Districts by Anne M. Collier, Altona: Friesen Printing, 1967.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee of the North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 1161.

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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 July 2017

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