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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birtle Consolidated School No. 132 (Birtle)

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The Birtle Consolidated School was established in the Town of Birtle, in December 1911, from the consolidation of Birtle School No. 132 with Blenheim School No. 173 and Gnanton School No. 715. It occupied a two-storey stone structure, built in 1882-1883 that was later leased to the federal government for use as an Indian School. It was replaced by a two-storey structure, known locally as the “Blue School.” Starting in 1917, high school classes were held in an old Methodist Church until a four-classroom brick school was built in 1928. The Blue School was destroyed by fire in the September 1943. Elementary classes were moved to the Town Hall, Brick High School, and Courtroom until four rooms and an auditorium could be added to the Brick High School in early 1949. Increases in student enrollment caused overcrowding so, in 1956, a four-classroom North School was built. Later consolidated brought the students of the former Burdette School No. 163 (1959), Oxford School No. 257 (1961), Buckleyville School No. 1435 (1964), and Rothesay School No. 350 (1967).

The Birtle School Board disbanded when, in January 1968, the district became part of the Birdtail River School Division. Under the School Division Board, the buildings of the former Beulah School No. 162 and Isabella School No. 1333 were brought to Birtle for use at the site of the Brick School.

Principals

Period

Principal

1890-1891

C. M. Vanstone

1891-1892

Archibald Reuben Tingley (1871-1938)

1892-1898

?

1898-1904

Daniel Armenius Wickware (1861-1917)

1904-1905

Francis Henry “Frank” Belton (1869-1936)

1905-1906

W. E. Pye

1906-1907

William Joseph Cram (1861-1940)

1907-1910

James Humphrey Plewes (1873-1963)

1910-1912

?

1912-1913

Rufus Freeman Meadows

1913-1915

Arthur E. Hensley

1915-1918

Howard Robert Haines (1891-1974)

1918-1920

W. C. Jones

1920-1922

Edward Sandford Lord (1869-1922)

1922-1928

James Ogel Beckstead (1883-1985)

1928-1929

Hazel D. Manwaring

1929-1939

Norman Robson (1900-1978)

1939-1940

Peter S. Buhr

1940-1966

Clarence Eric Tibbatts (1904-1979)

1967-1973

Harvey C. Kingdon

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1961-1962

Mrs. Leone Dale, Mrs. Bernice Hodgson, Mr. Albert Parnetta, Miss Evelyn Preston, Mr. Ray Simms

Among the other teachers who worked at Birtle School through the years were Marshall Hall-Jones, Miss D. Finkbeiner, Miss M. Woods, Mrs. M. S. Williamson, J. McLennan, Grace E. Menzies, and Catherine Makepeace.

Photos & Maps

Birtle School

The “Blue School” of Birtle Consolidated School (circa 1912)
Source: Consolidation of Rural Schools in Manitoba, Special Report of the Department of Education for the Year 1912, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Birtle School

The old Birtle School building, seen here in the 1920s, was extensively damaged by fire in September 1943, by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 45.

Birtle School

The old Birtle School building (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0052

Birtle School

Students beside the newly-constructed “Brick School” of Birtle Consolidated School (circa 1929)
Source: Education Department Report, 1929, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Birtle School

The newly-constructed “Brick School” of Birtle Consolidated School (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 45.

Birtle School

Birtle School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7454, Album 21, Page 91.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.41939, W101.04216
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birtle Indian Residential School (Birtle)

Sources:

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

“Birtle, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, September 1911, Archives of Manitoba.

Birtle school fire, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1943, page 3.

“Council reports,” Birtle Eyewitness, 3 October 1961, page 10.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2016

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