Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sunnyside School No. 40 “B” / Oakbank School No. 40 B (RM of Springfield)

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Originally known as the Sunnyside School District when it was established in September 1876, a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW27-11-5E in the Rural Municipality of Springfield. To handle a larger number of student and reduce their travel time, this second one-classroom school was opened by the fall 1915. This school was initially referred to as the “north school” or “No. 2” until standardized with the unofficially designated with a B letter. It was renamed the Oakbank School District in January 1954. This site closed in the summer of 1963, with classes returning to the district’s remaining A school. The catchment area then became part of the Oakbank Consolidated School District No. 2426.

District Principals


District Principal


Charles Millard “Charlie” Hoar (1885-1969)




John Cooke “Jack” Le Neveu (1902-1988)




Walter Joseph “Joe” Fenny (1915-?)




See Oakbank School “A”


Among the teachers of School B were Albert Carl Gamey (Fall 1915 - Spring 1916), Millie A. Webster (Fall 1916 - Fall 1917), Elizabeth D. Sullivan (Spring 1918 - Spring 1919), Gertrude E. Bray (August-November 1919), Laura K. McCormick (November 1920 - January 1921), Margaret Hunter (January-June & Fall 1921), Ruby W. Wilmoth (Spring 1922), Maude Boyd (Fall 1922 - Spring 1924), Helen Maude Keating (Fall 1924 - Spring 1925), Anna Hermann (Fall 1925 - Spring 1926), John Cooke “Jack” Le Neveu (Fall 1926 - Spring 1927), Katherine A. Aird (Fall 1927 - Spring 1929), Jessie Anne Aird (Fall 1929 - Spring 1935), Walter Joseph “Joe” Fenny (Fall 1935 - Spring 1937, husband of Josephine Ernestine Fenny), Albert Gordon Chunn (Fall 1938 - Spring 1939), ? (Fall 1939 - Spring 1948), Isabel Jacqueline Duffey (1948-1951), Mrs. M. R. Nazeravich (1951), Emma Massicotte (1951-1952), Orest Stephen Roscoe (1952-1953), Frederick “Fred” Daciw (1953-1955), Muriel Winnifred Solomon (1956-1957), Barney J. Dram (1957-1958), Ted “Teddy” Stoyko (1958-1959), ? (1959-1962), and Diane L. McFarlane (1962-1963).

Photos & Coordinates

Sunnyside School B

Sunnyside School “B” (no date) by R. Goulet
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 3.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.97376, W96.84349
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sunnyside School No. 40 “A” / Oakbank School No. 40 “A” (Oakbank, RM of Springfield)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oakbank Consolidated School District No. 2426 / Oakbank Elementary School (826 Cedar Avenue, RM of Springfield)


Board of Education registers (A 0050), GR7643, Archives of Manitoba.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Board of Education meeting minutes and office files (A 0052), GR1622, Archives of Manitoba.

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

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Sunnyside School District No. 40, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Sunnyside School District No. 40 - Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Oakbank School District No. 40 - Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

[School Division maps - The Transcona Springfield School Division No. 12], Archives of Manitoba.

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.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 July 2023

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