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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Solsgirth Consolidated School No. 462 (Solsgirth, Municipality of Prairie View)

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The Solsgirth School District was established formally in July 1885 and a school building was erected in Solsgirth, in what is now the Municipality of Prairie View. It became Solsgirth Consolidated School when it was consolidated with Hope School No. 1579 in November 1911. Other rural schools joined it as they closed in the late 1950s: Dowsford School No. 190 and Ekford School No. 1135. The school became part of the Birdtail River School Division in 1968, later closing. The present building is now used for storage.

Principals

Period

Principal

1914-1915

Lena A. Waddell

1915-1918

Mrs. Helen E. Hall

1918-1919

A. Creasy

1919-1920

?

1920-1921

S. E. McDowell

1921-1930

Arni Kristinson (1883-1969)

1930-1933

Halldor Jonsson Stefansson (1898-1983)

1933-1937

Clarence Eric Tibbatts (1904-1979)

1937-1940

William Charles “Charlie” Rhind (1904-1982)

1940-1942

?

1942-1945

Elizabeth Johannonna Penner (?-?)

1945-1950

?

1950-1952

A. Huebner

1952-1956

Dalton J. Burke

1956-1957

?

1957-1959

H. B. Weinmaster

1959-1962

Wally Humenuik

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Solsgirth School were Ellen Elizabeth Wherrett and Helen Margaret Murchie Dickie.

Photos & Coordinates

Solsgirth School, primary building

Solsgirth School, primary building (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

Solsgirth School, intermediate building

Solsgirth School, intermediate building (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

The metal sign for the former Solsgirth School

The metal sign for the former Solsgirth School (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Solsgirth School building

The former Solsgirth School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Solsgirth School building

Interior of the former Solsgirth School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.48618, W100.91422
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.

Obituary [Helen Margaret Dickie], Shoal Lake Star, 18 May 1993, page 11.

We thank Malcolm Bell and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 September 2019

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