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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle School (Argyle Street, Winnipeg)

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Named for the Duke of Argyle who was Governor-General of Canada from 1878 to 1883 (and husband of a daughter of Queen Victoria), the first Argyle School was erected in 1881 at the corner of Argyle Street and Henry Avenue, replacing a two-room, two-storey school that had previously operated on Louise Street. Designed by local architect Thomas H. Parr and built of brick veneer, Argyle School No. 1 had two classrooms. The next year, two more classrooms were added.

This four-room structure was used until being replaced by Argyle School No. 2, a three-storey structure, designed by architect C. H. Wheeler, and constructed by contractor T. M. Harrington during the summer of 1896. This two-storey building had ten classrooms and was capable of accommodating up to 500 students. It had four classrooms on each of its first and second floors, two classrooms and assembly hall on the third floor, with a Principal’s office, teachers’ library, and reading room. It opened for classes in September 1896.

Argyle School No. 2 closed its doors on 4 February 1952. The building was demolished later that year and replaced by the present school at this site. The present cottage-style structure was build of more glass and less steel than previous structures and opened to students on the same day as the old school’s closure. An official opening ceremony was held on 7 March 1952, hosted by Eric Hansen, a local school trustee and President of the Argyle Home and School Association. Also present were Mayor Garnet Coulter, School Superintendent Herbert McIntosh, Department of Education Inspector A. F. Kerr, Principal Isabelle Betsy Smith, School Board Chairman S. B. Laing, and Reverend P. M. Petursson. The school cost $140,000 and consisted of six classrooms and an assembly hall. The schools design was such that should enrollment decline, the interior walls could be knocked out, and the building easily converted into an industrial plant.

Noteworthy people who attended Argyle School included Simon Abrahamson, Charles “Cully” Abrams, Norman Code, Robert Code, Joseph Crawford, Harold Ellerby, Charles Finkelstein, Dr. Abraham Hollenberg, Michael Hollenberg, Joseph Hollenberg, Narov Lansky, Ephraim Portigal, Slaw Rebchuk, A. M. Shinbane, Abe Weidman, John Weidman, Nate Zimmerman, Louis Zimmerman, and Norma Zimmerman.

Principals

Period

Principal

1881-?

Mr. N. Hewitt

?-1894

?

1894-1905

Jessie Isabella Ptolemy (1868-1931)

1905-1917

William Nelson Denike (c1871-1948)

1917-1925

Annie Jeffrey (1857-1937)

1925-1927

Archer Frank Goodridge (1891-1960)

1927-1929

Raymond George Pannell (1894-1936)

1929-1939

Isabel Ellis (1892-1985)

1939-1943

Marion Elizabeth MacAulay (1890-1974)

1943-1949

Barbara Marguerite McCord (1901-1954)

1949-1953

Isabelle Betsy Smith MacDonald (1906-2005)

1953-1961

Jean Margaret Cameron (1905-1984)

1961-1965

Mrs. Ernestine J. Fenny

1965-1966

F. L. Martin

1967-1968

A. J. McNeill

1968-1969

Alfred C. Selver

Vice-Principals

No information.

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1881-1899

?

1899-1900

Miss A. Coghill, Miss N. Earl, Miss J. Holiday, Miss Horn, Miss McCullough, Miss Murray, Miss Newell, Miss Scott, Miss Thompson

1900-1901

Miss A. Coghill, Miss L. Duval, Miss N. Earl, Miss J. Holiday, Miss B. Horn, Miss C. McCullough, Miss A. Murray, Miss Margaret Scott, Miss E. Thompson

1901-1902

Miss M. Alldritt, Miss J. Campbell, Miss L. DuVal, Miss A. Glenn, Miss J. Holiday, Miss B. Horn, Miss I. Munro, Miss M. Scott, Miss M. Talbot, Miss E. Thompson

1902-1903

Miss M. Alldritt, Miss Ivy Cull, Jean Ellis, Miss A. L. Glenn, Miss B. Horn, Miss F. Munro, Miss I. Munro, Miss M. Neilson, Miss E. Thompson

1903-1904

Miss M. Aldritt, Miss Ivy Cull, Jean Ellis, Miss A. L. Glenn, Miss B. Horn, Miss Kirkwood, Miss F. Munro, Miss I. Munro, Miss M. Neilson, Miss E. Thompson

1904-1905

Miss M. Alldritt, Miss Ivy Cull, Jean Ellis, Miss A. L. Glenn, Miss B. Horn, Miss K. Horn, Miss F. Munro, Miss I. Munro, Miss M. Neilson

1905-1906

Miss M. Alldritt, Jean Ellis, Miss A. L. Glenn, Miss B. Horn, Miss K. Horn, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss I. Munro, Miss M. Neilson, Miss I. Robertson

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Jean Ellis, Miss A. Groff, Miss K. Horn, Miss M. M. Jackson, Miss M. Neilsen, Miss J. Robertson, Miss A. M. Sherrin, Miss M. Stinson

1908-1909

Miss M. H. Aitchison, Annie C. Dickie, Jean Ellis, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss M. Neilson, Miss I. Robertson, Miss M. J. Stinson, Miss M. Whittaker

1909-1910

Annie C. Dickie, Jean Ellis, ?

1910-1911

Miss E. E. Brown, Annie C. Dickie, Miss F. Elder, Jean Ellis, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss J. J. Patterson, Miss M. E. Sittlington, Miss E. Watt

1911-1912

Miss E. Brady, Miss I. F. Elder, Jean Ellis, Miss M. Henderson, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss E. McKay, Miss J. J. Paterson, Miss E. M. Wright

1912-1913

Miss E. Brady, Miss J. P. Elder, Jean Ellis, Miss Eliza Felker, Miss M. Henderson, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss E. MacKay, Miss E. Shorey

1913-1914

Miss W. Andrews, Miss S. F. Baird, Miss E. Brady, Jean Ellis, Miss E. H. Felker, Miss M. Henderson, Miss M. L. Jackson, Miss E. E. McKay

1914-1915

Miss W. Andrews, Miss S. F. Baird, Miss E. Brady, Miss E. H. Felker, Miss M. Henderson, Miss M. J. Jackson, Miss E. E. Mackay

1915-1916

M. J. Anderson, Miss W. Andrews, Miss S. F. Baird, Miss E. Brady, L. Connell, M. Henderson, Miss E. E. MacKay

1916-1917

Miss W. Andrews, Miss E. Brady, L. Connell, M. Crabtree, M. Henderson, Miss E. E. MacKay

1917-1918

O. Bethel, D. Brady, Miss E. Brady, L. Connell, M. Crabtree, Miss E. E. MacKay, J. A. McCullough

1918-1919

O. Bethel, L. Connell, G. McD. Hamilton, M. Leece, K. A. MacDonald, Miss E. E. MacKay, G. M. Mullett

1919-1920

L. Connell, G. McD. Hamilton, M. Leece, K. A. McDonald, G. B. Mullett, I. Tully

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

J. L. Baxter, M. Blough, E. L. Bell, Isabel Ellis, G. McD. Hamilton, E. E. Phipps, J. M. Sinclair, I. Tully

1922-1923

M. Blough, E. L. Bell, J. L. Baxter, Isabel Ellis, M. M. McIntyre, E. E. Phipps, J. M. Sinclair, I. Tully

1923-1924

M. Blough, Isabel Ellis, M. Henders, M. M. McIntyre, E. E. Phipps, J. M. Sinclair, G. Tod, I. Tully

1924-1925

M. Blough, Isabel Ellis, M. Henders, M. M. McIntyre, E. E. Phipps, J. M. Sinclair, I. Tully

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

M. K. Belyea, E. Deacon, Isabel Ellis, M. M. McIntyre, E. E. Phipps, J. M. Sinclair

1927-1928

M. K. Belyea, Isabel Ellis, E. S. Galbraith, M. M. McIntyre, M. A. Norman, E. E. Phipps, J. Shere, J. M. Sinclair

1928-1929

M. K. Belyea, Isabel Ellis, M. M. McIntyre, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere, J. M. Sinclair

1929-1930

M. K. Belyea, A. B. Grover, M. M. McIntyre, Grace E. Menzies, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere

1930-1931

D. H. Campbell, J. B. Chambers, E. Dawson, M. MacIntyre, K. S. MacLeod, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps

1931-1932

D. H. Campbell, J. B. Chambers, E. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere

1932-1933

J. B. Chambers, E. R. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere

1933-1934

J. B. Chambers, E. R. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere, W. M. Templeman

1934-1935

J. B. Chambers, E. R. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere, W. M. Templeman

1935-1936

E. R. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere, W. M. Templeman

1936-1937

E. R. Dawson, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, W. M. Templeman

1937-1938

E. R. Dawson, J. McGrath, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, W. M. Templeman

1938-1939

A. Hood, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps, J. B. Shere

1939-1940

E. B. Creighton, A. G. Hood, M. S. Metcalfe, E. E. Phipps

1940-1941

E. B. Creighton, A. G. Hood, E. E. Phipps

1941-1942

E. B. Creighton, A. G. Hood, E. E. Phipps, D. Reid, F. Rowley

1942-1943

E. B. Creighton, A. G. Hood, E. E. Phipps, D. Reid

1943-1944

E. B. Creighton, A. Hood, E. E. Phipps, D. Reid

1944-1945

P. Block, A. Connelly, F. M. Davies, M. McClellan, E. E. Phipps

1945-1946

P. Block, M. Davies, V. Johnson, M. McClellan

1946-1947

P. Block, M. Davies, V. Johnson, M. McClellan, E. M. Sjoberg, G. Sutherland

1947-1948

E. M. Burnett, M. Davies, V. Johnson, M. McClellan, M. Sjoberg, E. Sutherland, E. Thom

1948-1949

Mrs. M. Davies, Miss V. Johnson, Miss C. Laing, Mrs. M. E. Lesavage, Mrs. M. Sjoberg

1949-1950

Mrs. D. Byers, Miss V. Johnson, Mrs. E. Lesavage, Mrs. A. McDowell, Miss P. Peterson, Mrs. M. Sjoberg

1950-1951

Mrs. D. Byers, Miss V. I. Johnson, Mrs. E. Lesavage, Mrs. A. McDowell, Miss L. J. Morrow

1951-1952

Mrs. D. Byers, Miss T. C. Harper, Miss V. G. Johnson, Mrs. C. Moffatt, Mrs. J. Sandulak

1952-1953

Mrs. D. Byers, Miss T. C. Harper, Miss P. P. Klym, Mrs. C. Moffat, B. Z. Orlins

1953-1954

Mrs. D. Byers, Mrs. J. Murray, Mr. B. Z. Orlins, Mrs. A. Penner, Mrs. M. Schutte

1954-1955

Mrs. D. Byers, B. Orlins, Mrs. A. Penner, Mrs. M. Schutte, Mrs. M. Williams

1955-1956

Miss I. Bothwell, Mr. P. Derenchuk, Mrs. R. M. Hunt, Mrs. M. Taylor, Miss K. Tod

1956-1957

Miss I. Bothwell, P. Derenchuk, Mrs. M. Dutton, Miss D. Fraser, Mrs. R. Hunt, Miss K. Tod

1957-1958

Miss I. Bothwell, Mr. P. Derenchuk, Miss Doris Fraser, Mrs. R. Hunt, Mrs. D. Matheson, Miss K. Todd

1958-1959

Miss I. Bothwell, P. Derenchuk, Mrs. M. Duke, Miss L. Hastewich, Mrs. R. Hunt, Miss A. Mowat

1959-1960

Miss I. Bothwell, Mrs. M. Duke, Mrs. R. Hunt, Miss A. Mowat, L. Pretchel

1960-1961

Miss I. Bothwell, Mrs. Mary Janzen

1961-1962

Mrs. U. Lithown, Mrs. J. A. Voesenik, Miss E. Ward

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Mrs. E. Badiuk, Mrs. U. Lithown, Miss R. Mickelson, Mrs. G. Neufeld, Mrs. M. Ruta

1964-1965

?

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

?

1967-1968

Mrs. A. Hatch, J. McNeill, Mrs. I. Paxton, Mrs. F. Ridgeway

1968-1969

Mrs. L. Fraser, Miss J. A. McNeill, Mrs. M. E. Murray, Mrs. F. Ridgeway, Mrs. R. J. Shamess

Photos & Maps

Argyle School

Argyle School No. 2 as conceived by its architect, 1894
Source: Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1894, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Argyle School

Argyle School No. 2, as built, 1903
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Argyle #1.

Argyle School

Argyle School No. 2 (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90207, W97.12958
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle School No. 122 (RM of Woodlands)

Sources:

Annual Report 1896, Winnipeg Public School District No. 1, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Directory for Winnipeg, Peel Bibliography, University of Alberta.

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“Inspection of cadets,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1903, page 3.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 5—Argyle,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 October 1922, page 5.

“The Argyle name honors early Governor-General” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1949.

“First new school of '52 to be opened next week,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 January 1952, page 3.

“Argyle School puts up the shutters,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1952, page 3.

“Official opening of Argyle School slated Friday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1952, page 20.

“Tender for demolition of a school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1952, page 40.

“Plasticine, paper, pegs - city schools stock up,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 April 1952, page 3.

“School board year one of precedents,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 December 1952, page 3.

“Trustees OK appointment of nine city principals,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 June 1953, page 3.

Quiet Dignity: Aspects of Building Schools in the Winnipeg School Division No. 1, 1871-1928 by Giles Bugailiskis, MA thesis, Department of History, University of Manitoba, 1990.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 September 2017

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