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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bernice School No. 547 (RM of Albert)

Near the school building is a cairn, erected in July 1988, commemorating the teachers, students and families of Bernice School No. 547, which was established as Gould School at SW22-5-26W in the Rural Municipality of Albert, and operated between 1888 and 1914. It became Bernice (Berneice) School in 1914, situated at SE23-5-26, continuing until 1965 when it became part of Napinka Consolidated School No. 2369. A nearby station of the Canadian Pacific Railway, also named Bernice, existed at NE14-5-26 from 1906 to 1952.

Among the teachers of Bernice School were May Lee, Kathleen Newcomb, Miss Gillander, Thomas Greenway, Ethel Mills, Sadie Barker, Fern Orris, E. L. Blackwell (1925-1926), Gertrude Kinleg (1926-1927), C. B. Doughty (1927), Frances Wilman (1928-1930), Rossie McMunn (1930-1931), Doreen Blaker (1931-1933), Peggy McGregar (1933-1935), Bill Patterson (1935-1938), Mabel Taylor (1938-1940), Sabra Bradley (1941-1942), Hazel Roberts (1942-1943), Noreen Robinson (1943-1944), Douglas Wilkinson (1944-1945), Sarah Moen (1945-1946), Lucille Ramsey (1946-1947), Jim McKinnon (1947-1948), Jane Roblin (1948-1949), Mabel Kemaldian (1949-1950), Aldea Beudry (1950-1953), Bernice Woods (1953-1954), Raymond Duthie (1954-1955), Robert Hogland (1955), Elizabeth Asmundson (1956), Betty Cairns (1956-1959), Arlene Johnson (1960-1961), Elaine Harrison (1961-1962), and Doreen Kennedy (1962-1964).

Bernice School

Bernice School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 88.

Bernice School

The former Bernice School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 17.

Bernice School

The former Bernice School building (August 2004)
Source: Lynn Jones

Bernice School

The former Bernice School building (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.39976, W100.87775
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Reflections of Time: A History of the RM of Albert by RM of Albert History Book, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.A43 Ref]

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Lynn Jones for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2015

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