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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School (260 Kenny Street, Winnipeg)

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As early as 1901, voters in St. Boniface gave approval to the construction of a new school to be named in commemoration of Archbishop Tache. The $2,000 structure opened in September 1902. Within five years, that original structure was replaced by a new school designed by local architects Hooper and Walker. A cornerstone of the second Tache School, complete with enclosed time capsule, was set in 1907 and an opening ceremony was held on 17 March 1908. The three-storey brick and stone structure featured ten classrooms, assembly hall, full basement, and an attic measuring 8 by 84 feet. The interior was finished with British Columbia fir along and metallic ceilings.

Built within the St. Boniface School District No. 1188, classes commenced on 26 August 1908. Initially, students in grades 1 to 8 were accommodated; those in grades 9 through 11 arrived in September 1914 while students in grade 12 attended Provencher School (boys) or St. Joseph’s Academy (girls). By 1923, the school was so overcrowded that the assembly hall was divided into three classrooms. In November 1924, it joined the newly formed Norwood School District No. 2113 (sometimes known as the Norwood Grove School District to distinguish it from Norwood School District No. 642). The Tache High School was renamed the Norwood Collegiate Institute and, in 1940, its students were relocated to a temporary structure at the west corner of Highfield Street at St. Mary’s Road.

It was renamed Queen Elizabeth School in either late 1939 or early 1940, likely in commemorative marking of the 1939 Royal Tour, which stopped in both Winnipeg and St. Boniface along its Canadian tour. Though structurally condemned around 1961, the building continued to see usage until its replacement opened at 363 Enfield Crescent in 1962. The school was demolished in 1963.

Principals (Tache School & Tache High School)

Period

Principal

1902-1906

?

1906-1909

Edward Alfred Hemsworth (1872-1955)

1909-1912

John Lowe Munro “Jack” Thomson (c1877-1959)

1912-1918

George Henry Ruttan (1880-1960)

1918-1919

Alfred Blakely Gillespie (1870-1939) - Acting

1919

Mary Leitch McColl (1880-1954) - Acting

1920-1923

Alfred Blakely Gillespie (1870-1939)

1923-1928

Alfred White (1869-1955)

Principals (Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School)

Period

Principal

1928-?

?

?-1935

John Hiram Armstrong (1900-1966)

1935-?

?

?-1939

James Alfred Turner (1912-1960)

1939-1947

?

1947-1948

Harry Lorne “King” Softley (1905-1969)

1948-1951

?

1951-1952

Ronald Victor Shearer (1907-2000)

1952-1955

?

1955-1956

Michael P. Lysack

1956-1962

George Scott Belton (1904-1967)

1962 onward

See Queen Elizabeth School

Vice-Principals (Tache School & Tache High School)

Period

Vice-Principal

1913-1916

William Alexander Shannon (1883-?)

Vice-Principals (Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School)

Period

Vice-Principal

?-?

Irene Lawrence Kellington Richards (1893-1956)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1902

?

1903

?

1904

?

1905

?

1906

Eva E. Keeler, ? (other staff)

1907

Eva E. Keeler, ? (other staff)

1908

Eva E. Keeler, ? (other staff)

1909

Laura Auclair (grade 3, fall), Cornelie Brassard (grade 3, spring), Grace A. Dawson (grade 1, spring), Maggie Erwin (grades 5-6), Eva E. Keeler (grade 3), Mary L. McColl (grades 3-4), J. L. M. Thomson (grades 7-8, fall), Gladys A. Young (grade 1, fall), E. A. Hemsworth (grades 7-8, spring)

1910

Eva E. Keeler, ? (other staff)

1911

Eva E. Keeler, ? (other staff)

1912

(spring only) Miss Laura T. Bucknam (grade 2), Miss I. M. Davidson (grade 1, Jan-Feb), Maggie Erwin (grade 7), Miss J. L. Jacobs (grade 3), Eva E. Keeler (grade 6), Kathleen Laughman (grade 4, Feb-Jun), Mary L. McColl (grade 9), Rose I. McLennan (grade 1, Mar-Jun), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 1, Apr-Jun), Bessie Runions (grades 1-2), George Henry Ruttan (grad 10, Feb-Jun), J. L. M. Thomson (grade 10, Jan), Gladys Young (grade 3)

1912-1913

Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 5), Ila Campbell (grade 1), Eleanor A. Carey (grade 1), Maggie Erwin (grade 7), Frances B. Graham (grade 8), Miss J. L. Jacobs (grade 3), Eva E. Keeler (grades 5-6), Kathleen Laughman (grade 4, Sep-Nov 1912; grades 2 & 4, May-Jun 1913), Flora Elizabeth McColl (commercial and matriculation), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Annie H. McLean (grade 2), R. McLellan (grade 4, Dec 1912), Maude Foster Palmer (grades 3-4), Bessie Runions (grade 3), Jennie Sharman (grade 1), Gladys Young (grade 4, Jan-Apr 1913)

1913-1914

Elizabeth Bell (grade 6, 1914), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 4), R. Van Blaricom? (grade 4, Nov-Dec 1913), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 3, 1914), Ila Campbell (grades 1-2), Eleanor A. Carey (grade 2), Maggie Erwin (grade 6, 1913; grade 7, Jan-Apr 1914), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1, Apr-Jun 1914), Frances B. Graham (grade 7, Sep 1913), G. W. Graham (grade 7, Oct-Dec 1913), Eva E. Keeler (grade 5, 1913), Kathleen Laughman (grade 4, Sep-Oct 1913 & Jan-Jun 1914), Flora Elizabeth McColl (grade 8), Mary L. McColl (grade 9), M. V. McCamis (grade 3, 1913), Hazel McFee (grade 1), Annie H. McLean (grades 1-2), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 5), Bessie Runions (grade 2), William A. Shannon (grade 10), E. Shelford (grade 7, May-Jun 1914), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 6, 1914), Eva A. Smith (grade 3), Gladys Young (grade 4)

1914-1915

Jean F. I. Bailey (grade 3), Elizabeth Bell (grade 7), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grades 5-6), Florence M. Budd (grade 2), Ila Campbell (grade 3), Maggie Erwin (grade 7), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Alma Iredale (grades 2-3), Flora Elizabeth McColl (grade 8), Mary L. McColl (grade 9), Hazel McFee (grades 2-3), Miss Alix Masterman (grades 1-2, 1914; grades 2-3, 1915), Agnes C. Morrison (grades 4-5), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 6), Winnie Peskett (grades 3-4), Mary Teresa Reardon (grade 2), Bessie Runions (grade 1), William A. Shannon (grade 10), E. Shelford (grade 4, 1914), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 4, 1915), Eva A. Smith (grade 3), Gladys Young (grade 5)

1915-1916

Elementary Department: Jean F. I. Bailey (grade 3), Elizabeth Bell (grade 8), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 6), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 5, Feb-Jun 1916), Florence M. Budd (grade 2), Miss T. Campbell (grade 3), Maggie Erwin (grade 7), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Miss E. Gayton (grade 1), Alfred B. Gillespie (grade 8), Gudrun A. Johannason (grades 1-2), Hazel McFee (grade 3), Mabel W. R. McQuade (grade 4), M. Alix Masterman (grade 3, Aug 1915 - Apr 1916; grade 1, May-Jun 1916), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 6), Beatrice Morton (grade 3), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 6), Winnie Peskett (grade 5, Aug 1915 - Jan 1916), Mary Teresa Reardon (grade 1), Jennie Sharman (grade 1), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 4), Miss A. Tredale (grade 2), Gladys Young (grades 4-5). High School Department (grades 9-11): William A. Shannon (grade 11), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Flora Elizabeth McColl (grade 9). Manual Training Department: Ernest Ray

1916-1917

Elizabeth Bell (grade 9), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 5), Florence M. Budd (grade 2), Maggie Erwin (grade 8 Aug 1916 - Mar 1917), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grades 1-2, 1917), Alfred B. Gillespie (grades 6-7, 1916; grade 11, 1917), Gudrun A. Johannason (grade 1), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Flora Elizabeth McColl (grade 9), Mabel W. R. McQuade (grade 5), Hazel McFee (grade 3), M. Alix Masterman (grades 1-2, 1916), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 7), Beatrice Morton (grade 4), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 6), William A. Shannon (grade 11, 1916; grades 6-7, 1917), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 4), ? (grade 8, Apr-Jun 1917)

1917-1918

Elizabeth Bell (grade 9), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 5), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 5), Florence M. Budd (grade 2), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grades 2-3), Alfred B. Gillespie (grades 8 & 11), G. T. Henry (grade 6), Gudrun A. Johannason (grade 3?), Marjorie Lawson (grade 1), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Flora Elizabeth McColl (grades 9-10), Hazel McFee (grade 3), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 7), Beatrice Morton (grade 4), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 6), William A. Shannon (grade 8), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 4), Winnifred E. Smallbone (beginners, Apr-Jun 1918)

1918-1919

(closed Oct-Dec 1918 due to influenza pandemic) Jean F. I. Bailey (grade 6), E. M. Blanchard (grade 7, 1918 - Mar 1919), Florence M. Budd (grade 3), H. B. Donnelly (grade 9, 1919), Verne H. Essery (grade 9, Sep-Oct 1918), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grade 4), Gudrun A. Johannason (grades 1-2), Marjorie Lawson (grade 1), Mary L. McColl (grades 10-11), Hazel McFee (grades 3-4), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 8), Beatrice Morton (grade 5), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 4), Edith A. Robertson (grade 6), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 7, May-Jun 1919), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 2), Ethel A. Thompson (grade 2), Mrytle M. Wark (grades 9-10 commercial)

1919-1920

Annie Brookler (grade 5), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 7; & grade 1, Apr-Jun 1920), Florence M. Budd (grade 3), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 4), H. B. Donnelly (grade 9), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grade 4), Alfred B. Gillespie (grade 11), Annie Irene Irvine (grade 1), Marjorie Lawson (grade 1), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Hazel McFee (grade 3), Mabel W. R. McQuade (grade 2, Apr-Jun 1920), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 8), Beatrice Morton (grade 5, 1920), Edith A. Robertson (grade 5, 1919), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 6), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 2), Ethel A. Thompson (grade 2, 1919 - Mar 1920), Mrytle M. Wark (grade 9)

1920-1921

Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 5), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 8), Miss Alice Hoskins (commercial), Florence M. Budd (grade 4), H. B. Donnelly (grade 9), Marjory E. Dupuis (grade 3), W. E. Fife (grade 11, mathematics), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grade 5), Annie Irene Irvine (grade 2), Marjorie Lawson (grade 1), Mary L. McColl (grade 10), Hazel McFee (grade 4), Mabel W. R. McQuade (grade 5), Beatrice Morton (grade 6), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 6, 1920; grade 7, 1921), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 2), Mima H. Terry (grades 2-3)

1921-1922

Caroline L. Bowman (grades 9-10), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 7), Florence M. Budd (grade 5), S. W. Cade? (grade 10, 1922), Bessie M. Campbell (grades 1-2), H. B. Donnelly (grade 10, 1921), W. E. Fife (grade 9, mathematics), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grade 5), Annie Irene Irvine (grade 2), Mary L. McColl (grade 11), Hazel McFee (grade 4), Mabel W. R. McQuade (grade 3, Oct-Dec 1921), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 8), Vera K. Morton (grade 3, 1922), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 5), Eleanor K. Sloan (grade 6), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 3, Sep 1921; grade 1), Mima H. Terry (grade 2)

1922-1923

Lavina May Bastard (grade 3), Mary Jeanne Bérubé (grade 5), Annie Blunderfield (grade 2), Caroline L. Bowman (grades 9-10), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 3), Florence M. Budd (grade 6, 1922 - Apr 1923), Bessie M. Campbell (grade 4), Marjory E. Dupuis (grade 3, 1922 - Feb 1923), W. E. Fife (grade ?, mathematics), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1), Frances M. Garton (grade 10), Annie Irene Irvine (grade 2), Mary L. McColl (grade 11), Hazel McFee (grade 4?), Stella McNeill (grades 6-7, 1922), Luella B. Martin (grade 6, May-Jun 1923), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 8), Vera K. Morton (grade 4), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 5), M. E. Simms (grade 7, 1923), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 1), M. Somerville (grade 3, Jun 1923), Mima H. Terry (grade 2), ? (grade 3, Mar-May 1923), ? (grade 9)

1923-1924

Lavina May Bastard (grade 3), Annie Blunderfield (grade 2), Caroline L. Bowman (grades 9-10), Laura T. Bucknam (grade 7), C. M. Cadone? (grade 11), Bessie M. Campbell (grades 5-6), Margaret Dowse (grade 4), Isabel “Belle” Fitzgerald (grade 1, 1923 - Jan 1924), Alfred B. Gillespie (grade 9), Annie Irene Irvine (grade 1, 1923 & Feb-Jun 1924), Mary L. McColl (grade 11), Miss S. A. MacPherson (grade 8), Doris J. McFee (grade 1, Feb-Jun 1924), Hazel McFee (grade 6), Agnes C. Morrison (grade 8), Vera K. Morton (grades 4-5), Maude Foster Palmer (grade 5), Winnifred E. Smallbone (grade 1), Mae Somerville (grade 3), Mima H. Terry (grade 3)

1924-1925 (partial)

A. B. Gillespie (grade ?), Hazel McFee (grade ?), ? (other grades)

1924-1925

Hazel McFee (grade ?), ? (other grades)

1925-1926

Hazel McFee (grade ?), ? (other grades)

1926-1927

Hazel McFee (grade ?), ? (other grades)

1927-1928

Hazel McFee (grade ?), ? (other junior and intermediate grades), Senior grades at Norwood Collegiate.

Among the teachers who worked at Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School were James Warren Chafe (?-1934), Edward James Marshall (?-?), Hazel Frances McFee McCallum (1913-1960).

Photos & Coordinates

The second Tache School building

The second Tache School building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, St. Boniface - Schools - Tache 1

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88020, W97.11960
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Queen Elizabeth School / Henri Bergeron School (363 Enfield Crescent, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Francois de Sales School / Queen Elizabeth School No. 975 (Howden, RM of Ritchot)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tache School No. 937 (RM of Montcalm)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ecole Tache (744 Langevin Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Norwood School,” Manitoba Free Press, 24 April 1902, page 4.

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

“Fine new schools in city and suburbs,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1907, page 27.

“New Tache School formally opened,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 March 1908, page 9.

Obituary [Eva E. Keeler], Manitoba Free Press, 28 January 1914, page 4.

“Staff for Tache School selected,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 September 1915, page 5.

“Throws light on school trouble,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 August 1916, page 7.

“Prizes are given in Tache School,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 June 1918, page 16.

“School estimates timmed slightly,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 August 1918, page 29.

“A. B. Gillespie Acting Principal of Tache,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 July 1919, page 6.

“Teacher in St. Boniface quits,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 August 1919, page 9.

“Will be present for best showing in Canadian history,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 March 1920, page 7.

“Appointments made St. Boniface schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 August 1920, page 5.

“New instructors are appointed for staff of Tache High School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1920, page 8.

“552 new pupils to be enrolled in St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 September 1922, page 2.

“News from the Suburbs - St. Boniface,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 November 1922, page 17.

“Seeking better school results,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 August 1923, page 11.

“Meet to choose new Principal,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1923, page 3.

“Principal appointed for Tache School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1923, page 8.

“Teachers are reinstated,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1924, page 5.

“Norwood School is incorporated,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 November 1924, page 19.

“Children demonstrate prior to Royal arrival,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 May 1939, page 16.

“Bells of St. Boniface ring out joyful acclaim,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1939, page 22.

“New Guide Company plans tea on Oct. 19,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 October 1940, page 30.

“Modern trends to be theme at teacher meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1951, page 6.

“New site selected for school,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 July 1961, page 24.

“Land swap for school is approved,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 July 1961, page 19.

“$360,000 bylaw vote set on new Norwood School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 September 1961, page 24.

“Schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 july 1962, page 2.

“Old school to be used for awhile,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 August 1962, page 3.

“School opening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 December 1962, page 8.

“The Norwood School Division No. 8,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1962, page 23.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 April 1963, page 4.

“Swim request,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 1963, page 13.

“School set to drop royal title,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1998, page A3.

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

75 years of secondary education in Norwood 1914 to 1989,” History of Nelson McIntyre Collegiate.

School records collection, Tache School Daily Registers, Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 August 2019

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