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Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Ward School / Daerwood School (211 Main Street, Selkirk)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

In September 1907, voters of the Selkirk School District decided by a 97 to 7 margin to spend $11,000 upgrading the Central School and building the South Ward School. The single-storey, two-room building was situated on the west side of Main Street in Selkirk, just north and immediately across from Grain Avenue. Two years later, voters overwhelmingly approved a grade re-alignment whereby the South Ward School was used exclusively for high school grades.

In May 1949, construction of a new $150,000 school building got under way with the award of a contract to the Leitch Construction Company. A cornerstone laying ceremony followed on 15 July, performed by Minister of Education C. Rhodes Smith and School Inspector H. E. Riter. Also present were Attorney-General and former School Board Chairman James Osborne McLenaghen, Acting Mayor Stefan “Steve” Oliver, School Board Chairman Charles Harper, ex-Chair Ruth Caroline Hooker, Chamber of Commerce President F. L. Bishop, Reverend S. Olafson, and Reverend R. S. Montgomery.

The single-storey, eight-classroom facility, designed by Winnipeg architect Edgar Prain, featured an auditorium, home economics classes, and manual training departments. The new building, set further back from Main Street and behind the original structure, opened in early January 1950. The old building was later demolished. An expansion of the west side occurred in 1976.

A contest held by the School Board selected the name “Daerwood” submitted by Barry Gordon, son of Selkirk Mayor William E. Gordon.

Principals

Period

Principal

1907-1920

?

1920-1922

Beulah Lyall Dickinson Morrison (1897-1993)

1922-1927

?

1927-1928

F. M. Pringle

1928-1929

?

1929-1935

George Egerton Snider (1874-1935)

1935-1936

?

1936-1937

John Macgregor Wilkie (1904-1991)

1937-1942

Frederick Andrew Richard Justus (1878-1943)

1942-1943

?

1943-1968

Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (?-1997)

1968-2014

?

2014-?

Darcelle Saunders

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1913-1914

Miss Lee

1921-1922

Beulah Lyall Dickinson, Miss McLean, Miss Ruth Swanson

1932-1933

Miss E. Abett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea

1933-1934

?

1934-1935

Miss E. Ablett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea

1935-1936

Miss E. Ablett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea

1936-1937

Myrtle Goldstone, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea

1937-1938

Myrtle Goldstone, Miss V. Lea, Miss M. McLeod

1938-1939

?

1939-1940

Verna Gunter, Alda Jones

1940-1941

Verna Gunter, Mary McClellan

1941-1942

Mary McClellan, Kathleen McQueen

1942-1943

Miss M. McClellan, Miss J.T. Tweed

1943-1944

Miss L. Greenham, Miss B. Macintosh, Miss F. Thordarson

1944-1945

Miss A. Bannerman, Miss L. Greenham, Miss J. Grey

1945-1946

Beatrice Allen, Miss A. Bannerman, Margaret Eames, Miss B. Macintosh

1946-1947

Miss B. Allen (grade 1), Miss M. Bannerman (grade 4), Margaret Eames (grade 5), Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (grade 6), Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (grades 2 & 3)

1947-1948

Beatrice Allen, Miss A. Bannerman, Margaret Eames, Miss B. Macintosh

1948-1949

?

1949-1950

Margaret Eames, Miss Constance Holliday, Miss Jean McKen

1950-1951

Margaret Eames, Myrtle Eassett, Margaret Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, Annie Tkazcuk

1951-1952

Margaret Eames, Mrs. M. Empy, Miss M. Empy, Miss E. H. Klein, Miss M. Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, Annie Thaczuk

1952-1953

A. Browning, Margaret Eames, A. R. Miller, Miss M. Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, E. Stelman, E. Taylor, Annie Thaczuk

1953-1954

Miss M. Andrew, Mrs. A. Browning, Mrs. I. Duckenich, Margaret Eames, Miss A. Patuchenko, Miss E. Reckseidler, Miss I. Stelman, Mrs. E. Taylor

1954-1955

Miss E. Beckseidler (Grade 1), Mrs. M. Blackman (Home Economics), Miss C. Carmichael (Grade 1), Mrs. I. Dukenich (Grade 3), Margaret Eames (Grade 6), Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (Grade 7), Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (Grade 2), Miss A. G. Pastushenko (Grade 6), Miss E. E. Steiman (Grade 4), Mrs. E. J. Taylor (Grade 5)

1955-1956

Mrs. M. Blackman, Mrs. I. E. Dukenich, Margaret Eames, Miss N. Fraser, Miss M. I. Kerr, Mrs. E. J. Taylor, Miss G. M. Todo

Long-time teachers included Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (1928-1943) and Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (1943-1971).

Photos & Maps

South Ward School

South Ward School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0244

South Ward School

Daerwood School (August 2016)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N50.13616, W96.88301
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

“Changes school policy,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 August 1909, page 3.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association, [Selkirk, Man., on Canadian Pacific Railway, 24 miles north of Winnipeg, 2nd survey 20th Sept. 1916], Sheets 18-21, Library and Archives Canada.

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

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

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

“Selkirk school party,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 November 1927, page 6.

“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.

“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 news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1947, page 9.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1949, page 17.

“Selkirk Council plans special meeting,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1949, page 3.

“Selkirk Board praised at new school opening,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1949, page 3.

“School cornerstone ceremony,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1949, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1949, page 10.

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

“Selkirk schools have record teaching staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1950, page 23.

“Selkirk notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 11.

“The old main road,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 13.

“Staffs named for schools at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1952, page 10.

“School Board lists teachers at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1953, page 8.

“Selkirk schools set teacher list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1954, page 2.

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

Obituary [Elizabeth Margaret Macintosh], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 November 2003, page B10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 January 2017

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