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Manitoba History No. 88
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Lieutenant Governor's History Award
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War Memorials in Manitoba
War
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This Old Elevator
This Old
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Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
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Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Craigilea School No. 441 / Belmont Consolidated School No. 441 (Belmont, RM of Prairie Lakes)

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

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 Belmont in what is now 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, Huntly School No. 477, Mount Hope School No. 1302, Pelican Lake School No. 337, and Woodbine School No. 1189. The building closed in 1968 when high school students were transferred to Glenboro, and the structure 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 in June 2002, it was 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 Lorne 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

c1989-2001

?

2001-2002

Barry Moore

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1960-1961

Audrey Webster

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)

1960-1961

Miss B. Brooking (grade 2), Clara Myers (grade 1), Doreen Renwick (grades 5, 6), Louise Waldon (grade 3, 4), Audrey Webster (grade 8), Jean Williamson (grade 7)

1961-c1989

?

c1989

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

c1989-2001

?

2001-2002

Cheryl Battersby, Carol Langan, Barry Moore

Among the other teachers of Belmont School were Albert E. Buttress (1891), 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 Consolidated School commemorative monument

Belmont Consolidated School commemorative 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 and Colin Myers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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