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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wellington School No. 59 / Thornhill Consolidated School No. 59 (Thornhill, RM of Stanley)

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The Wellington School District was established in November 1878 and, as early as 1881, a school operated at 17-3-6W in the Rural Municipality of Stanley. By 1886, dissatisfaction with the original school site led local ratepayers to approve moving it to the nearby village of Thornhill. That summer, a one-classroom, wood frame building was constructed in town, to which a second classroom was added ten years later. Destroyed by fire in 1899, classes were held in a local store and the Orange Hall until a new two-storey stone structure could be built in 1900. It served the community until the school district consolidated with Orangehill School District No. 794, in 1961, forming the Thornhill Consolidated School No. 59. The following year, a two-classroom, single-storey building replaced the earlier stone school. It lasted only six years because, in 1968, Thornhill consolidated with Morden to form the Morden Consolidated School No. 2440. The school at Thornhill was closed and students were henceforth bused to Morden. It became part of the Western School Division in 1969.

A monument, dedicated on 7 July 2003, commemorates the school and other notable historic buildings, including the Anglican Church (1895-1948), Methodist/United Church (1892-1978), Presbyterian Church (1891-1918), Memorial Curling Rink (1948-1975), Community Hall (1920-present), Canadian Pacific Railway Station (1888-1961), Lake of the Woods Elevator (1883-1962), Ogilvie / Manitoba Pool Elevator (1900-1978), Weldon-Broadbent / Ogilvie Elevator (1900-1978), Canadian Pacific Railway Stockyards (1888-1960), Reichert Garage (1945-1959), Jordan / Co-op / Martindale Store (1880-1980), Post Office (1879-present), South Warehouse (1920-1951), Campbell Garage (1920-1980), Manitoba Hotel / Campbell Boarding House (1900-1960), and Broadbent Store & Lumberyard (1880-1946).

Principals

Period

Principal

1915-?

Mr. Simpson

?

Barney Thordarson (1904-1974)

1954-1956

Gerhard N. Janzen

1956-1957

David Langton MacDonald (1911-1957)

1957-1959

Oliver Glen Olmstead (?-1997)

1959-1968

?

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1906-1920

W. J. Bates, Clara McGirr, Lillie Winram, H. Blain, S. Stevenson, Edwin Clark, E. M. Rowbothen, Ruth Owens, P. Livingston, May V. Moran, K. Coppinger, M. Halstead, L. Swain, A. Johnston, Lily Kempthorne, G. C. Simpson, Ella G. Martin, Victoria Finkbeiner, Violet Earle, Ida Atkinson, M. Welch, A. E. Johnston

1921-1930

H. A. Vandecar, Mrs. M. Myers, Catherine Campbell, J. B. Day, B. Thordarson, Elva Wallace, Edith Good, Isabel Milne, William Fogel

1931-1940

Elizabeth Balfour, Kae Carstens, Phyllis Archibald, F. Dyck, Lavina Milne, John Brown, Louise McPhedran, Evelyn Spangelo

1941-1950

Elfrieda Abbelt, C. E. Dawson, Ann Harper, Francis Hanbury, Marie M. Campbell, Annie B. Fraser, Josie Okapiece, Evelyn Denhard, Ruth Neuman, Muriel McVeigh, Delores Henry, Jessie Fast

1951-1960

Helen Reimer, John Schellenberg, K. D. Bruce, Florence Hamm, Ruth Laurie, George Janzen, Myrtle Rusenel, Ann Bugera, Lillian Gibson, Dave McDonald, Glen Olmstead, Ella Shoskoski, Ella Martens, Evelyn Alwin

1961-1968

Mary Carson, Kae White, Beverly Webber, Max Webber, Adele Eberhardt, Phyllis De Neve, Garth Field, Janice Friesen, Ruth Gooley, Hedy Bugiera

Photos & Maps

Wellington School

Wellington School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Districts - Thornhill.

Wellington School

The Wellington School building, constructed in 1900 (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 21.

Wellington School

Thornhill Consolidated School (1962)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Districts - Thornhill.

Wellington School

Thornhill commemorative monument (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.20142, W98.23063
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wellington School (Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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

As Years Go By: 1876-1971 by the Thornhill Book Committee, 1971.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 November 2014

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