Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 138 years

 


MHS
Events


Fall
Field Trip:
Ukrainian
Settlement


Manitoba
History

No. 84


This Old
Elevator


Abandoned
Manitoba


War
Memorials
in Manitoba


Digitized
Local History
Books


Memorable
Manitobans


Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Baldur School No. 667 (Baldur, RM of Argyle)

Link to:
Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

The Simpson School District was formally established in April 1891, and a two-storey, four-classroom brick school was built later that year, and opened in early 1892. A bell in its tower was donated by Premier Thomas Greenway (now atop a cairn commemorating local schools). A replacement school was built in 1905, on a design by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott. Its name was changed to Baldur School in 1915 when a like-named school at Hnausa, north of Gimli, closed.

In January 1960, the school was consolidated with several smaller schools from the surrounding area, including Rosehill School No. 90, Wolseley School No. 305, Hola School No. 889, Greenway School No. 947, Huff School No. 948, Hamlin School No. 1790, and Antonius School No. 2127. A new elementary school building was constructed in 1961, and other rural schools would join during the 1960s, including Connaught School No. 1630. The Baldur High School closed in 1976 and a monument was erected that same year.

Principals

Period

Principal

1899-1903

David J. Hartley

1903-1905

James Humphrey Plewes (1873-1963)

1905-1906

M. A. Davis

1906-1909

Angus McNevin (1862-1923)

1909-1913

William Alexander Shannon (1883-?)

1913-1918

Percy Vernon Bond (1895-1961)

1918-1921

Robert William Dunlop (1876-?)

1921-1922

C. W. Spencer

1922-1937

Richard A. Fines (c1872-1966)

1937-1940

Robert William Lightly (1909-1985)

1940-1941

Arvilla M. Elson

1941-1946

Norman Oliver Finnigan (1908-1988)

1946-1949

Arthur Milford Preston (1908-1981)

1949-1950

Stanley Robert Kitchen (1915-1988)

1950-1951

L. Sulymka

1951-1955

C. Bergen

1955-1956

J. B. Embree

1956-1960

John Handford Hjalmarson (1930-1989)

1960-1963

H. H. C. Stewart

1963-1966

R. A. LeNeal

1966-1967

D. Warnez

1967-1969

Mrs. G. O. Beauchamp

1969-1973

M. Hawash

1973-?

?

?-1983

Victor Thiessen

1983-?

Murray Forrester Smith (1946-1998)

?-1988

Samuel Yaremchuk (1933-1997)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1920-1921

F. I. Myers

Among the other teachers of Baldur School was John B. Stewart (1911).

Photos & Maps

Baldur School

Baldur School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 105.

Baldur School

Baldur School (August 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey, Baldur.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.38552, W99.24736
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Baldur District Schools (RM of Argyle)

Sources:

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

“Baldur, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, 1916, Archives of Manitoba.

“Teachers at the convention,” Brandon Sun, 15 October 1920, page 6.

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.

“Murray Smith appointed Principal at Baldur High,” Baldur Gazette, 18 May 1983, page 22.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 March 2017

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.


Search Tips | Suggest a Site | FAQ | Acknowledgements

Send inquiries to the MHS Webmaster.

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2017 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.