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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Amaranth School No. 1534 (Amaranth, RM of Alonsa)

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Known as Flora School District No. 1534 when it was organized in May 1910, named for early settler Flora Robinson, a small schoolhouse was situated at SW12-19-10W in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa. It became Flora Consolidated School District in 1913 and a new school building was erected at SE11-19-10W. The original building was moved to Harcus where it was renovated into an Anglican church. In 1920, the name was changed to Amaranth Consolidated School and plans were made for a new four-classroom school in Amaranth. Completed by the fall of 1921, it operated until 1953 when it was destroyed by fire. A new school was constructed on the same site and, in 1967, it became part of the Turtle River School Division. The school closed in 1981 and students were transferred to a collegiate built in 1961 on land purchased from Charlie Parsons. A plaque commemorating the school was erected by the Amaranth History Book Committee in July 1994 on the site of a war memorial.

Principals

Period

Principal

1931-1933

Miss L. W. Bradley

1933-1937

Arthur John Charles Starr (1907-1966)

1937-1941

?

1941-1942

Guy Chauviere (1907-1992)

1942-1943

Winnifred Dunbar

1943-1945

Henry Benjamin Bees (c1886-1968)

1945-1946

William John “Bill” Dutka (?-2008)

1946-1947

Beulah Beryl McNevin (1896-1963)

1947-1948

William J. Menzies

1948-1949

Henry W. Jones

1949-1950

?

1950-1951

Harold Schulz

1951-1953

Thomas Peterson

1953-1954

Joseph “Joe” [Szezygol] Shygol (c1928-1974)

1954-1957

Robert D. Neilson

1957-1958

Christine McSherry

1958-1961

Mrs. Elsie E. Butler

1961-1962

R. M. Chambers

1962-1964

W. Godolphin

1964-1965

Rudolf Ewald “Rudy” Mehmel (1918-2013)

1965-1966

William Korytowski

1966-1973

Mrs. N. Oswald

Teachers

Among the teachers at Amaranth School was George L. Dibblee (1919-1921)..

Photos & Maps

Amaranth School

Amaranth School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 135.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.59807, W98.74092
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Amaranth War Memorial, Schools, and Churches (Amaranth, RM of Alonsa)

Sources:

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

Amaranth East topographic map, 62J/10 East, Edition 1, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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, Barbara Botelho, and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 June 2018

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