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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Belmont Consolidated School No. 441 (Belmont, RM of Prairie Lakes)

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The Craigilea School District was formally established in February 1886 and it continued with this name until July 1917 when it became Belmont Consolidated School. It occupied a six-classroom, brick building erected in 1904 on a design by Winnipeg architect H. S. Griffith, in the village of Belmont in the Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes. Over the years, several rural schools were consolidated with it: Alma School No. 668, Clifton Bank School No. 777, Delta School No. 669, Huntley School No. 477, Mount Hope School No. 1302, Pelican Lake School No. 337, and Woodbine School No. 1189. The school closed in 1968, when high school students were transferred to Glenboro, and the building was demolished. A seniors home was built on the site and, in August 1989, a commemorative monument was unveiled here, along with the bell from the former school.

The present Belmont school building, constructed to alleviate overcrowding in the old structure, dates from 1960. Closed sometime after 1988, it stood vacant at the time of a 2013 site visit.

Principals

Period

Principal

1907-1913

Sidney Irvine Mott (1871-?)

1913-1914

E. Richardson

1914-1919

Winfred Elmore Marsh (1872-1932)

1919-1921

C. W. Spencer

1921-1923

George C. Simpson

1923-1924

Wilfred Inglis Stewart (1898-1964)

1924-1930

Clarence L. Kerr (1897-1973)

1930-1931

George G. Perry

1931-1934

Wilfrid Gatley Booth (1904-1986)

1934-1937

Axel Vopnfjord (1902-1993)

1937-1939

Gordon Henry Duncan (?-?)

1939-1940

David S. Shellenberg (?-?)

1940-1941

John Michael “Big John” Kozoriz (1917-2006)

1941-1946

Robert Stanley “Stan” McGill (1909-1994)

1946-1947

Hilton Clarence Harper (1914-2005)

1947-1948

?

1948-1952

Henry Lambert Williams (1890-1976)

1952-1953

Michael William Tataryn (1922-2014)

1953-1954

Mrs. B. Criddle

1954-1956

Stanley Robert Kitchen (1915-1988)

1956-1957

S. R. Ritchie

1957-1959

Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-?)

1959-1964

J. B. Robertson

1964-1973

G. McWilliams

c1989

Robert H. Williamson

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1959-1960

Clara McLean (grade 1), Inez Leckie (grade 2), Anne Young (grades 3, 4), Joan Sandven (grades 5, 6), Jean Williamson (grade 7), Audrey Webster (grade 8), Dorothy Scott (grade 9), Lynne Dandy (grade 10), Gordon McWilliams (grade 11)

c1989

Mrs. Edna Verhelst, Mrs. Cindy Sawatzky, Mrs. Betty Weedmark, Miss Alison McEvoy, Bruce Craig

Among the other teachers of Belmont School were Miss Mary Arnold (1916-1917), Miss E. Greenwood (1919), and Ermina Shier.

Photos & Maps

Belmont School

Belmont School (no date) by W. S. Lockhart
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 56.

Belmont School

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

Belmont School Monument

Belmont Consolidated School Monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.40832, W99.45496
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lloyd George School No. 453 (RM of Thompson)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Belmont School (525 Belmont Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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

“Belmont, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, September 1916, 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.

The Path of the Pioneers: Belmont and District, 1889-1989 by Belmont History Committee, 1989. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.B44 Pat]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 April 2017

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