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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (College Avenue, Brandon)

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Designed by local architect Thomas Sinclair, Alexandra School was built in Brandon along College Avenue, between Eleventh and Twelfth streets, in 1906. It closed in June 1974 and, the next month, the building was demolished and the new Betty Gibson School was erected on its site, receiving students from the former Park School and McLaren School.

Principals

Period

Principal

1906-c1910

Miss Janie McQueen

c1910-c1912

Ed A. Lynch

c1912-1913

George Hunter (1873-1952)

1914-1916

Jonas Thorlaksson Jonasson (1890-1978)

1916-1922

Clarence Moore (1884-1977)

1922-1929

Gabriel R. Rowe (1897-1968)

1930-1935

Wilbur Walter Crosby (1893-1941)

1935-1966

William Arthur Wood (?-1978)

1966-1967

Hilt L. Stewart

1967-1974

Henry Theodore Nordin (1905-1983)

Teachers (partial list)

School Year

Teachers

1930-1931

Muriel A. Bowen, Eunice Bullard, Florence Conner, Henry F. Hyson, Mrs. F. M. Levins, Eva Lyons, Cecile Mitchell, Lilian Popkin, Hilda Pottinger, Marjorie Ram, Daisy Rhind

1931-1932

Elementary department: Henry F. Hyson, Dilys Davies, Eva M. Lyons, Daisy Rhind, Elizabeth F. Pottinger, Hilda Pottinger, E. Marjorie Ram, Cecile H. Mitchell.
Junior high department: Mrs. F. M. Levins, Florence Conner, Muriel Bowen.

1932-1933

Muriel A. Bowen, F. Conner, Dilys Davies, Henry F. Hyson, F. M. Levins, Eva M. Lyons, Cecile Mitchell, Elizabeth Pottinger, Hilda Pottinger, Marjorie Ram, Daisy Rhind

1933-1934

?

1934-1935

Elementary department: Henry F. Hyson, Miss Isabelle Johnston, Miss Lillian Popkin, Miss Elizabeth Pottinger, Miss Hilda L. Pottinger, Miss Daisy Rhind
Junior high department: Miss Muriel A. Bowen, Miss Florence Conner, Miss Edith E. Ward

1935-1936

Elementary department: Miss Nellie Ambrose, Miss Isabelle Johnston, James P. Moore, Miss Lillian Popkin, Miss Elizabeth Pottinger, Miss Daisy Rhind
Junior high department: Miss Muriel Bowen, Miss Florence Conner, Miss Edith Ward

1936-1937

Nellie Ambrose, Muriel A. Bowen, Isabelle Johnston, James P. Moore, Lilian E. Popkin, Daisy Rhind, Edith E. Ward, Edythe M. Wood

1937-1938

Miss Nellie Ambrose, Miss Muriel Bowen, Miss Isabelle Johnston, Blake Nash, Miss Lillian Popkin, Miss Daisy Rhind, Miss Edith Ward, Miss Edythe Wood

1938-1939

Miss Nellie Ambrose, Miss Margaret Creighton, Miss Isabelle Johnston, Blake Nash, Miss Lillian Popkin, Miss Daisy Rhind, Miss Edythe Wood

1939-1940

Miss Nellie Ambrose, Miss Isabelle Johnston, Roy B. Lobb, J. Blake Nash, Miss Lilian Popkin, Miss Daisy Rhind, Miss Edythe Wood

1940-1941

Miss Nellie Ambrose, Miss Gwen Boyes, Miss Margaret Collins, Miss Isabelle Johnston, R. Lobb, Miss Daisy Rhind, Miss Alma Skeoch, Miss Edythe Wood

1941-1942

Ellen L. Ambrose, Gwen M. Boyes, Margaret E. Crosbie, Isabelle Johnston, Daisy Rhind, Alma Skeoch, Doris Ward

1942-1943

Miss Ellen Ambrose, Miss Gwen Boyes, Miss L. A. Harrison, Miss Jean Henderson, Miss Isabelle Johnston, Miss Shirley Johnston, Miss Daisy Rhind

1943-1944

Gwen Boyes, Mrs. Carswell, Ivy Cleminshaw, Lily A. Harrison, Isabelle Johnston, Grace Nash, Muriel Read

1944-1967

?

1966-1967

T. W. “Tommy” Benn (athetics), Miss D. Bezo (grade 6), Mrs. D. Carswell (grade 3), Mrs. D. Dagg (kindergarten), Mrs. M. Garton (grade 6), Mrs. L. Green (grade 2), Mrs. A. Haggerty (grade 5), Mrs. G. Haitsma (grade 1), Mr. B. Josephson (grade 5), Mrs. K. Kreshewski (special), Mrs. E. Richardson (grade 1), Mrs. T. Roth (grade 2), Mrs. M. Speers (grade 4), Hilt L. Stewart, Mrs. E. Thornton (grade 3)

Among the other teachers who worked at Alexandra School was Mrs. I. Shobrook (1958-1959).

Photos & Maps

Alexandra School

Postcard view of Alexandra School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0177

Alexandra School

Alexandra School (circa 1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1908, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Alexandra School

Alexandra School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 134.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.83786, W99.95326
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (Edmonton Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Have full staff of teachers for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1923, page 1.

“List of teachers public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1930.

“All schools to open Monday for fall term here,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1931.

“One addition only to city schools staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1932.

“Some changes on teaching staff of public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1934.

“Schools to open Tuesday for fall term in city,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1935.

“Few changes in teaching staff as all schools in city open Monday morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 August 1936.

“Five new teachers on staff of Brandon schools for fall term commencing next week,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1937.

“Teaching staff public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1938.

“Schools staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1939.

“Seven changes on teaching staff of the public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 September 1940.

“Important changes made in teaching staff for opening schools here Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1941.

“Elementary and junior high schools open tomorrow for fall term after long holidays,” Brandon Daily Sun, 26 August 1942.

“Eleven new teachers on staff as schools prepare to open for fall term commencing Monday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1943.

Brandon Elementary Schools, 1867-1979, Canada-Confederation, Brandon School Division, 1967.

“City landmark coming down,” Brandon Sun, 23 July 1974, page 1.

“Thirty years ago,” Brandon Sun, 13 November 2005, page 6.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Bobbi Jo Panciera, Greg Sigurdson, Catherine Harley, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 December 2014

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