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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Somerset School (775 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)

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Designed by J. B. Mitchell, Somerset School was built on the vertical plan – three storeys of buff brick with an impressive entry tower and prominent matching side chimneys above large pediment gables. The school was an expensive building. Its ten rooms and assembly hall cost $40,000 to build, by local contractor D. D. Wood. The amount was deemed acceptable because of the school’s size and permanence.

Known as Nena Street School during the design phase, a 4 June 1901 meeting of the School Board approved a name commemorating J. B. Somerset, an early school superintendent in Winnipeg. Opened in January 1902, its high turret gave the building the air of a medieval fortress. It boasted a drinking “fount” in every classroom and electric lights in place of oil lamps. It served the city’s growing population around Nena (now Sherbrook) Street, mainly of Icelandic and German origins. The west-end between Ellice and Logan had a very large Icelandic population. Early teachers used readers that were German-English, Ruthenian-English, and Icelandic-English. After serving this area for over 70 years, Somerset School was closed by the Winnipeg School Board in June 1972. Designated in May 1991 as a municipal historic site, it was de-listed in June 2004 and demolished in April 2005 to make way for a pharmacy. The limestone block from its original tower with the school name carved into it is displayed at street level between the sidewalk and the drugstore parking lot.

Some noteworthy people who attended Somerset School included Paul Bardal, Fred Furgeson, Konrad Johannesson, Mike Goodman, Bert Clark, Hal Dodds, Wilson McLean, Mrs. W. Folliott, Dorothy Garbutt, Phyllis Middleton, Fred Semmons, Ed Kernaghan, Ralph Henderson, Basil Johnson, Walter Henderson, Tom Fleming, Harold Middleton, Arthur Johnson, Frank Morley, Laurie Cuthbert, Wilber Boyd, Orval Clark, George Lemon, George Ellis, Harold Ellis, Jack Irwin, Ernest Hawkins, Edwin Johnson, Clarence Chipman, Ernest Chipman, and Robert Chipman.

Principals

Period

Principal

1902-1914

Ralph Russell James Brown (1875-1917)

1914-1918

Harry H. McIntosh (1880-?)

1918-1944

Mary Elizabeth Kelly (c1882-1970)

1944-1952

Isabel Ellis (1892-1985)

1952-1956

George Melvin Newfield (1904-1977)

1956-1961

Neil Murray McIvor (1906-1970)

1961-1966

Michael John Mazur (1913-2011)

1966-1970

John Arthur Buchanan (1913-1999)

1970-1972

William Paul Solypa (1930-2017)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1902

M. Manson, Miss Annie Milne, Sadie Sharpe, E. Sheppard, E. Thornton

1902-1903

Miss Grace Brooking, Minnabell A. Dowler, Miss Frances Harper, Miss K. Horn, Miss M. Manson, Miss Annie Milne, Miss H. Monteith, Miss E. Thornton

1903-1904

Miss Brooking, Minnabell A. Dowler, Miss Green, Miss Hanson, Miss K. Horn, Miss Helen Monteith, Miss O’Donnell, Miss Philip, Miss M. Scott, Miss E. Thornton

1904-1905

Miss G. Brooking, Minnabell A. Dowler, Miss E. Green, Miss Kirkwood, Miss M. E. Manson, Miss E. W. Mills, Miss H. Monteith, Miss E. O’Connell, Miss Philip

1905-1906

Miss G. Brooking, Miss F. Campbell, Miss Eva E. Green, Miss W. Hilton, Miss M. Kirkwood, Miss Minnie Manson, Miss L. Miller, Miss E. M. Philip, Miss J. Ross, Miss L. White

1906-1907

Elizabeth Rutherford, ?

1907-1908

Miss Ethel Campbell, Miss E. Greene, Miss W. Hilton, Miss J. Lyon, Miss M. E. Manson, Miss M. McDougall, Miss E. G. McLean, Miss L. Miller, Miss E. Palk

1908-1909

Miss E. Campbell, Miss G. Emslie, Miss W. Hilton, Miss M. Kirkwood, Miss J. K. Lyons, Miss Pauline Macdonnell, Miss M. E. Manson, Miss A. McDougal, Miss E. McLean, Miss E. Palk

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Miss M. Manson, Miss A. F. McDougall, Miss E. G. McLean, Miss A. G. Campbell, Miss M. J. Stimson, Miss J. M. Lyons, Miss E. Palk, Miss E. Stephenson, Miss W. Hilton, Miss G. Parker

1911-1912

Miss A. G. Campbell, Miss E. Craig, Miss W. Hilton, Mary E. Kelly, Miss J. Lyons, Miss A. F. McDougall, Miss E. G. McLean, Miss G. Parker, Miss M. Stinson, Miss M. E. Turner, Miss E. Stephenson

1912-1913

Miss Craig, Miss S. Gordon, Miss Hilton, Mary E. Kelly, Miss McDougall, Miss McLean, Miss E. G. McLean, Miss Parker, Miss Stinson, Miss Stephenson

1913-1914

Miss K. Bridgen, Miss S. Buckley, Miss E. Craig, Miss S. Gordon, Mary E. Kelly, Miss A. McDougall, Miss M. Parker, Miss M. Stinson, Miss A. Leona Williams

1914-1915

Miss E. Buckley, Miss E. B. Craig, Miss C. Dunfield, Miss Mary C. Dunbrack, Miss S. Gordon, Mary E. Kelly, Miss M. G. Parker, Miss B. M. Stevenson, Miss M. Stinson, Miss A. L. Williams

1915-1916

E. A. Buckley, C. Dunfield, N. B. Garwood, S. Gordon, R. Hill, Mary E. Kelly, E. McIntosh, G. Parker, J. Sanders, M. Stevenson, L. Williams

1916-1917

N. M. Dickson, C. M. Dunfield, N. B. Garwood, S. Gordon, Mary E. Kelly, E. E. Richardson, M. Richardson, J. M. Sanders, B. M. Stevenson, A. L. Williams

1917-1918

N. M. Dickson, C. M. Dunfield, N. B. Garwood, S. Gordon, M. A. Gray, Mary E. Kelly, E. E. Richardson, M. Richardson, J. M. Sanders, B. M. Stevenson

1918-1919

N. M. Dickson, C. M. Dunfield, N. B. Garwood, S. Gordon, M. A. Gray, A. Judge, B. Larson, I. G. McLeod, J. M. Sanders, I. B. Whipple

1919-1920

N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, C. M. Dunfield, R. Gagnon, L. Garwood, N. B. Garwood, S. Gordon, M. A. Gray, A. Judge, B. Larson, I. G. McLeod

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, L. Garwood, M. A. Gray, E. R. Knox, B. Larson, I. G. McLeod, M. E. McLeod, M. Richley, Louise V. Staples

1922-1923

C. M. Borrill, N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, L. Garwood, M. A. Gray, B. M. Larson, I. G. McLeod, M. Richley, M. Schooley, L. Shector, Louise V. Staples

1923-1924

N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, M. Forhan, M. A. Gray, L. Garwood, B. M. Larson, P. Leslie, P. Paterson, L. E. Shector, Louise V. Staples

1924-1925

R. M. Connelly, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, N. M. Dickson, M. C. Forhan, L. Garwood, M. A. Gray, P. Patterson, Louise V. Staples

1925-1926

R. M. Connelly, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, N. M. Dickson, M. C. Forhan, B. M. Larson, P. Patterson, L. E. Shector, Louise V. Staples, R. Walpole

1926-1927

V. Bailey, R. M. Connelly, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, N. M. Dickson, B. M. Larson, E. Mott, Louise V. Staples, C. Thornber

1927-1928

C. O. Boyd, R. M. Connelly, C. B. Cross, H. M. Dickson, M. Disney, B. M. Larson, E. Mott, Louise V. Staples, A. Sullivan, M. Vant

1928-1929

C. O. Boyd, R. M. Connelly, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, B. M. Larson, Charlotte Mass, E. W. G. Mott, M. Vant

1929-1930

C. O. Boyd, R. M. Connelly, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, N. M. Dickson, M. Disney, A. Finch, Charlotte Mass, E. W. G. Mott, E. J. Sullivan

1930-1931

C. O. Boyd, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Dickson, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Johanneson, L. M. Mason, Charlotte Mass, E. W. G. Mott

1931-1932

C. O. Boyd, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, G. Dobovsky, A. Finch, F. Fowler, L. J. Holmes, F. Johanneson, L. M. Mason, F. A. Sanderson

1932-1933

C. O. Boyd, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, L. J. Holmes, F. Johannesson, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson

1933-1934

W. Boughton, A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, L. J. Holmes, F. Johanneson, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson

1934-1935

A. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, L. J. Holmes, F. Johanneson, Charlotte Mass, M. Olafson, F. A. Sanderson

1935-1936

A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, L. J. Holmes, F. Johannesson, Charlotte Mass, M. Olafson

1936-1937

A. Cross, C. B. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, F. Johannesson, Charlotte Mass, M. Olafson, F. A. Sanderson

1937-1938

A. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, F. Johannesson, Charlotte Mass, M. Olafson, F. A. Sanderson

1938-1939

A. Cross, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. Fowler, M. Horne, V. Lamont, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1939-1940

A. Cross, M. Disney, L. B. Ellis, A. Finch, F. Fowler, M. Horne, E. M. Knapp, V. Lamont, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1940-1941

A. Cross, M. E. Disney, L. B. Ellis, A. Finch, F. Fowler, M. Horne, E. Knapp, B. Larson, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1941-1942

A. Cross, M. Disney, L. B. Ellis, F. Finch, F. Fowler, E. M. Knapp, B. M. Larson, Charlotte Mass, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1942-1943

A. Cross, M. Disney, L. Ellis, A. Finch, F. Fowler, B. M. Larson, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1943-1944

M. Cox, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. F. Fowler, B. M. Larson, R. Lyons, C. McAdam, B. McDonald, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman

1944-1945

M. Cox, M. Disney, A. Finch, F. F. Fowler, R. Lyons, C. McAdam, F. A. Sanderson, H. Wiechman, M. Winston

1945-1946

L. Brewin, A. M. Cox, M. E. Disney, A. Finch, F. F. Fowler, A. Kowalson, R. M. Lyons, F. A. Sanderson, H. F. Wiechman, M. M. Winston

1946-1947

L. Brewin, A. M. Cox, A. Finch, F. F. Fowler, A. Kowalson, R. Lyons, F. A. Sanderson, F. Sexsmith, M. Winston

1947-1948

A. M. Cox, A. Finch, F. F. Fowler, A. Kowalson, R. M. Lyons, T. Notman, F. A. Sanderson, M. Simpson, M. M. Winston

1948-1949

Miss R. M. Barron, Mrs. M. L. Brewin, Mrs. A. M. Cox, Miss F. A. Finch, Miss F. F. Fowler, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss C. E. McAdam, Miss F. A. Sanderson, Miss M. M. Winston

1949-1950

Mrs. A. M. Cox, Miss A. Finch, Miss D. H. Fowler, Miss K. Garland, Miss K. M. Jessiman, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss C. E. McAdam, Miss F. A. Sanderson, Miss M. M. Winston

1950-1951

Mrs. A. M. Cox, Miss F. A. Finch, Miss F. F. Fowler, Miss K. M. Jessiman, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss C. E. McAdam, Miss F. A. Sanderson, Miss A. Talman, Miss M. M. Winston

1951-1952

Mrs. A. M. Cox, Miss F. A. Finch, Miss F. F. Fowler, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss C. E. McAdam, Mrs. K. M. Milliken, Miss F. A. Sanderson, Mrs. E. Sutherland, Miss M. M. Winston

1952-1953

Miss C. V. Day, Miss F. A. Finch, Miss R. Hamilton, Miss W. Leese, Miss M. E. McLeod, J. E. Outhwaite, Miss M. Pootkor, Miss F. A. Sanderson, Miss L. M. Shirtliff

1953-1954

W. J. Birtles, Miss F. A. Finch, Miss M. E. Flanders, Mrs. B. Fleming, Miss R. Hamilton, Mrs. M. M. Henderson, Miss W. Leese, Miss M. E. MacLeod, Miss V. Motheral, J. E. Outhwaite, Mrs. M. Toews, Miss L. M. Shirtliff

1954-1955

W. J. Birtles, Miss C. Dunning, Mrs. B. E. Fleming, Miss R. Hamilton, Miss L. D. Hoath, Miss L. M. Klassen, Miss W. Leese, Miss M. E. MacLeod, Miss M. McClellan, Miss V. Motheral, J. E. Outhwaite, Miss L. M. Shirtliff, Mrs. M. Toews

1955-1956

Miss C. Dunning, Mrs. B. E. Fleming, Miss E. Flynn, Miss R. Hamilton, Miss L. Klassen, Miss W. Leese, Miss M. McClellan, Miss M. E. MacLeod, Miss V. Motheral, Mrs. L. Muldoon, J. E. Outhwaite, Mrs. N. Oxby, Miss A. A. Rockwell

1956-1957

J. Baltesson, Miss M. Collins, Mrs. B. E. Flemming, Miss B. E. Flynn, Miss N. A. Holland, Miss L. M. Klassen, Miss W. T. Leese, Miss M. E. McLeod, Miss A. Moir, Miss V. Motheral, Miss M. Price, Mrs. A. Rockwell

1957-1958

Miss M. Collins, Miss E. Flynn, G. Gregory, Miss N. Holland, Miss W. Leese, Miss M. McClellan, Miss M. McLeod, Miss A. Moir, Miss V. Motheral, Miss M. Price, Mrs. L. Regehr, Miss A. Rockwell, Mrs. E. Thompson

1958-1959

G. Bodnaruk, Miss M. Collins, Miss B. Flynn, Miss S. Galvin, Mrs. E. Graham, Mrs. O. E. Hunter, Miss R. McMillan, Miss A. Moir, Miss V. Motheral, Miss M. Price, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss M. Wallace, Miss L. Walley

1959-1960

J. Bodnaruk, Mrs. M. DeLancey, Miss H. Dirks, Miss J. Galvin, Mrs. E. Graham, Mrs. L. Grani, Miss A. Moir, Miss V. Motheral, Miss R. McMillan, Miss M. Price, Miss J. Sparrow, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss M. Wallace

1960-1961

Mrs. H. Buhr, John W. Carroll, H. Fehr, Mrs. E. Graham, Miss N. Granovsky, Miss R. McMillan, Miss A. Moir, Miss M. Price, Mrs. G. Rozniatowski, Miss J. Sparrow, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss E. Unger, Miss M. Wallace

1961-1962

John W. Carroll, Mrs. E. Graham, Miss N. Granovski, Miss S. Hood, Miss P. McIntee, Miss R. McMillan, Miss A. Moir, Miss G. Parker, Miss M. Price, Mrs. G. Rozniatowski, Mrs. E. Thompson, Mrs. E. Toews, Miss M. Wallace

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Miss D. Argue, John W. Carroll, Miss M. Fennell, Mrs. F. Fredette, Mrs. E. Graham, S. Isfeld, Miss A. Moir, Miss G. Parker, Miss M. Price, Mrs. G. Rozniatowski, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss M. Wallace

1964-1965

Miss D. Argue, Miss A. Black, John W. Carroll, Miss M. Fennell, Miss J. Galbraith, Mrs. E. Graham, J. Kadulbec, Miss A. Moir, Miss G. Parker, Miss M. Price, Miss R. Slipiec, Mrs. E. Thompson, Mrs. M. Wallace

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

Miss D. Argue, W. Baker, Mrs. L. Begay, Mrs. E. Chudy, Miss E. K. Crowston, Miss M. Fennell, Mrs. E. Graham, Miss A. Moir, Miss G. Parker, Mrs. E. Stewart, Mrs. E. Thompson, Miss M. Wallace

1967-1968

Mrs. E. M. Chudy, Miss S. Cook, Miss K. Crowston, Miss M. A. Fennell, Mrs. E. M. Graham, Miss E. Kiernicki, Miss G. Pospishell, Miss L. Reid, Mrs. E. L. Stewart, Michael J. Stokotelny, Mrs. E. A. Thompson, Miss M. Wallace

1968-1969

Miss J. Carlson, Mrs. S. Cassie, Mrs. E. M. Chudy, Miss K. Crowston, Mrs. E. M. Graham, Miss W. Greenham, Mrs. Z. Hendrickson, Miss E. Kiernicki, Miss A. Kowalson, Miss J. Petisch, Miss G. Pospishell, Miss L. Reid, Miss A. Rockwell, Mrs. E. Stewart, Michael J. Stokotelny

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

?

1971-1972

?

Among the other teachers were Miss Edith Emerson, Miss Lillian Turner, and Miss Edith Stevenson.

Photos & Maps

Postcard view of Somerset School

Postcard view of Somerset School (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP1018.

Somerset School

Somerset School (2005)
Source: Reid Dickie

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90155, W97.15693
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy R. Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-73 season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Richard School No. 1092 (Somerset, Municipality of Lorne)

Sources:

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1.

“Somerset School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 June 1901, page 4.

“Nena Street School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 June 1901, page 5.

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The Somerset School,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 January 1902, page 10.

“Somerset teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 January 1902, page 8.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Inspection of cadets,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1903, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 14—Somerset,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 October 1922, page 12.

“Somerset pupils today have art collection legacy,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 February 1949.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division, Reid Dickie, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2019

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