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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Germain School No. 969 (St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg)

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Named for the St. Germain family, this school district was formed by the Rural Municipality of St. Vital in May 1898. Later that year, a one-room schoolhouse was erected on Lot 135, btween St. Mary’s Road and the Red River. In 1909, it was replaced by a wooden frame structure. Until 1917, instruction in the school was only in French.

In 1939, the building was expanded by contractor G. A. Baert at a cost of $5,000. It added a second classroom made of brick, with hardwood flooring and electric lighting. Its student capacity was 50 with a staff of two teachers, one Catholic and the other Protestant. In April 1959, the district was incorporated into the St. Vital Municipal School District No. 2374 and later the St. Vital School Division.

Scheduled to close in June 1966, the closure was moved forward to 7 April 1966 on account of an impending flood and its location near the Red River. The 43 students in grades 1 to 5 were relocated in the division, most transferring to Windsor School. Initially put up for sale, the school and adjoining property were retained for future consideration until the 1970s. By April 1981, the Division was seeking tenders for the demolition or removal of the school building.

The Winnipeg site now hosts residential development.

Principals

Period

Principal

1939-1941

Margaret Rita Anderson

1941

Phyllis Robson

1941-1942

Hildur Emily [Emelia] Sandberg (1909-1995)

1942-1945

William Horatio Musick (1880-1960)

1945-1946

Yvonne Marie Lussier

1947

Hardense? Marie Jeanson

1947-1948

George William Battershill (1923-2010)

1948-1949

Alexander “Alex&Rdquo; Pelechety

1949-1951

Borislaw Nicholas Bilash

1951-1952

Yvonne Belliveau

1952-1954

Maurice Leo “Moe” Brabant (1931-2008)

1954-1955

Gisele Pauline Regnier

1956-1965

Hector Bahuaud

1956-1965

Auguste Laroche (1934-2000)

1965-1966

Rosalie Rogers

Teachers

Among the early teachers of St. Germain School during one-room schoolhouse operations were Raoul St. Germain (January-March 1906), Elisa Marion (April-June 1906), Marie-Anne Landry (August-December 1906), Marthe Monchamp (January-June 1910), Flavie Baril (September-December 1910), ? (1911-1913), Antoinette Thibault (1914-1915), Ida Carriere (Fall 1915), Palmyre E. Beauchemin (Spring 1916), Rose Alma Dufault (Fall 1916 - Spring 1917), Corinne Laporte (September-October 1917), Olivine St. Germain (November-December 1917), Anna C. Charette (January-June 1918), Virginia Desjardins (September-December 1918), Ida Carriere (January 1919 - June 1920), Patricia J. MacDermott (September 1920 - January 1921), Sarah C. King (February-June 1921), J. A. Blouin (July 1921 - February 1926), Marie Jeanne “Jean” Moran (March 1926 - June 1930), Blanche Rose Anna Charbonneau (Fall 1930 - Spring 1934), and Marie Blanche Daneault (Fall 1934 - Spring 1939).

School Year

Teachers

1939-1940

Margaret Rita Anderson (grades 4-9), Marie Blanche Daneault (grades 1-3)

1940-1941

Margaret Rita Anderson (grades 4-9), Marie Blanche Daneault (grades 1-3)

1941-1942

Marie Blanche Daneault (grades 1-3, 1941), Juliet Louise Noiseux (grades 1-3, 1942), Phyllis Robson (grades 4-9, September), Hildur Emily Sandberg (grades 4-9, October-June)

1942-1943

William Horatio Musick (grades 4-8), Juliet Louise Noiseux (grades 1-2)

1943-1944

William Horatio Musick (grades 4-8), Juliet Louise Noiseux (grades 1-3)

1944-1945

William Horatio Musick (grades 4-8), Claire Mary Valcourt (grades 1-3)

1945-1946

Mary Louise Flanagan (grades 1-4, October-June), Yvonne Marie Lussier (grades 1-4, August-September; grades 5-8, October-June), William Horatio Musick (grades 5-8, August-September)

1946-1947

H. Annetter? (grade ?, 1946 substitute), Mrs. Bissett (grade ?, 1946 substitute), Margaret S. Falt (grades 1-4, 1947), Mary Louise Flanagan (grades 1-4, 1946), Hardense? Marie Jeanson (grades 5-8, 1947), Yvonne Marie Lussier (grades 5-8, 1946), Mrs. N. Wildgoose (grades 1-4, 1946 substitute)

1947-1948

George William Battershill (grades 3-8), Jeannette Lanthier (grades 1-2)

1948-1949

M. Gaboury (grades 1-2), Alexander “Alex” Pelechety (grades 3-8)

1949-1950

Borislaw Nicholas Bilash (grades 3-8), Dorothy A. Ukena (grades 1-2)

1950-1951

Borislaw Nicholas Bilash (grades 3-8), Florence Marjorie Samborski (grades 1-2)

1951-1952

Yvonne Belliveau (grades 3-7), Florence Marjorie Samborski Kuz (grades 1-2)

1952-1953

Doris Backman (grades 1-3), Maurice Leo “Moe” Brabant (grades 4-8)

1953-1954

Yvonne Belliveau (grades 1-3), Maurice Leo “Moe” Brabant (grades 4-8)

1954-1955

Wilhelmina DeVos (grades 1-3), Gisele Pauline Regnier (grades 4-8)

1955-1956

Hector Bahuaud (grades 5-8), Wilhelmina DeVos (grades 1-3)

1956-1957

Auguste Laroche (grades 4-8), Mona Marie Lavalley (grades 1-3)

1957-1958

Auguste Laroche (grades 4-6), Suzanne Marie Owens (grades 1-3)

1958-1959

Auguste Laroche (grades 4-8), Suzanne Marie Owens (grades 1-3)

1959-1960

Auguste Laroche (grades 4-6), Anne Zamrykut (grades 1-3)

1960-1961

Irma Gobert (grades 1-3), Auguste Laroche (grades 4-6)

1961-1962

Gladys Elenor Finlay (grades 1-3), Auguste Laroche (grades 4-6)

1962-1963

Marjorie Doreen Hotel (grades 1-2), Auguste Laroche (grades 3-4)

1963-1964

Marjorie Doreen Hotel (grades 1-2), Auguste Laroche (grades 3-4)

1964-1965

Auguste Laroche (grades 3-4), Philomena Loretta Mathews (grades 1-2)

1965-1966

Rosalie Rogers (grades 3-4), Sandra Grace Unger (grades 1-2)

Photos & Coordinates

St. Germain School No. 969

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.80305, W97.11748
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ecole St. Germain (77 John Forsyth Road, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 March 1909, page 2.

“St. Vital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1936, page 30.

“Another classroom,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1939, page 28.

“St. Germain School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 August 1939, page 26.

“St. Germain School District No. 969,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1947, page 21.

“Trailer permit grand may be vetoed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1960, page 19.

Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Mines and Technical Services, 62H/14a (1960) Grande Point, Edition 3, Sheet: 62H/14a.

“An end to an era,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1966, page 3.

“Flood forces closing,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1966, page 3.

“Building for sale by public tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1966, page 32.

“Sealed bids marked ”offer to purchase the St. Germain School building and site,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1971, page 32.

“St. Vital Board hits lack of plan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1975, page 15.

“Tenders wanted for the removal or demolition of St. Germain School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1981, page 87.

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.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Miscellaneous, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Cash Books, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Minute Books, Archives of Manitoba.

School records collection, St. Germain School District No. 969, Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 September 2020

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