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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Benito School No. 1408 (Benito)

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The Benito School District was established formally in March 1907 and a concrete-block school building was erected in the village of Benito. Originally consisting of a single classroom, a second room had been added by 1911.

In February 1913, it consolidated with other schools in the vicinity, specifically Robson School No. 1163, Bonny View School No. 1212, Corbett School No. 1423, and Parsonville School No. 1596, to form Benito Consolidated School No. 1408. The next year, the original building was replaced by a two-storey, four-classroom, brick veneer structure designed by Winnipeg architect E. D. Tuttle (an earlier plan by Dauphin architect J. H. Bossons having been found inadequate) and built by contractor John S. Free, on land donated by J. W. Robson.

In April 1967, the school became part of the Swan Valley School Division No. 35. It remained open until 1974. The building stood vacant for some years, finally being demolished around 2000 and replaced by a recreation centre. A school model, made of bricks salvaged from the building, was unveiled at the site in 2006.

Principals

Period

Principal

1911-1914

William Meldrum (1884-1959)

1914-1915

A. G. Fulford

1915-1916

A. J. Elliott

1916-1922

George Isaac Herman Garrett (1884-1977)

1922-1924

Albert Livingstone “Bert” Mills (1901-1984)

1924-1926

James William Beer (1896-1978)

1926-1928

William George Delgaty (1901-?)

1928-1934

Harry L. Stein (1902-1974)

1934-1935

John Clayton Stewart (1906-1990)

1935-1938

J. E. Morrison

1938-1941

Richard Buck (1907-1994)

1941-1945

Alfred J. Moran

1945-1947

William H. Lucow

1947-1949

John Nathan Robert Clark (1912-1990)

1949-1950

John M. Parsey

1950-1951

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1951-1952

John D. Bell

1952-1953

A. Isfeld

1953-1955

Donald Malcolm Plummer (1926-1989)

1955-1969

John R. Khadekin

1969-1970

R. Dauk

1970-1973

E. Gorchynski

Teachers

Among the teachers of Benito School were John F. Scribner, Jessie Corbett, Eva Smith, Elsie Payne (c1911), Florence Henry, E. Emmond.

Photos & Maps

Benito School

Postcard of Benito School (circa 1917)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0097

Benito School

Benito School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 112.

Benito School

Benito School monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.91343, W101.55064
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Benito, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map by Charles E. Goad, Toronto & Montreal, May 1910, Library and Archives Canada.

“Tenders for building Benito School,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 March 1914, page 2.

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

The Development of Education in Swan River Valley by J. N. R. Clark, MEd thesis, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, 1949.

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.

Lasting Impressions: Historical Sketches of Swan River Valley by Swan Valley Historical Society, 1984, page 165.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 February 2015

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