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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Boissevain School No. 373 (Struthers Street, Boissevain, Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

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The Boissevain School District was formally established in March 1885, on Struthers Street in Boissevain, in what is now the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton. The first school building, a two-classroom structure, was built in 1889. Its replacement, two-storey stone building, was erected in 1894, apparently designed by Winnipeg architect Edward Lowery. It was supplemented by a second two-storey building, erected of brick in 1906, on an adjacent site.

Principals

Period

Principal

1889-1891

William Thomas Musgrove (1889-1902)

1891-1893

A. Hammon

1893-1896

John Archibald Campbell (1872-1963)

1896-1899

W. A. Turnbull

1899-1900

Duncan P. Clark (1862-?)

1900-1903

Alex L. McLean

1903-1905

Octavius T. Gamey (1877-1963)

1905-1907

David Smith Tod (1870-1937)

1907-1911

William Christopher Hartley (1869-1936)

1911-1913

T. W. Halligan

1913-1918

John Alexius Peterson (c1885-1959)

1918-1919

H. F. Field

1919-1922

James Ogel Beckstead (1883-1985)

1922-1929

John William Morris (1891-1959)

1929-1931

Albert Rae Smale (1897-?)

1931-1934

Clifford Garfield Saunders (?-?)

1934-1947

Thomas Melvin Whitley (1906-2000)

1947-1949

Walter Fredrickson (1908-1974)

1949-1950

John Saxby “Jack” Oliver (1910-1992)

1950-1960

Stanley Corbett Henderson (1910-?)

1960-1961

G. Scott

1961-1962

Charles H. Kester

1962-1966

John Dyck

1966-1973

Peter Stobbe

1973-1978

Jim York

1978-1979

John Gross

1979-?

Kennedy Cohoe

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1889

William T. Musgrove, Miss A. Holden

1890-1919

?

1920-1921

J. Armstrong, F. M. Cochrane, D. Horton, D. M. Little, I. R. Nevin, A. M. Roe, L. M. Vodden

Among the other teachers at Boissevain School were Sara Elizabeth Buchanan, W. G. Hume, Frank C. Jacobs, and D. A. Downie.

Photos & Maps

Boissevain School

Postcard showing both Boissevain School buildings (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0002.

Boissevain School

The second Boissevain School, erected in 1894 (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Boissevain 7.

Boissevain School

The third Boissevain School, erected in 1906 (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Boissevain 10.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.23377, W100.05513
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

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

“Teachers at the convention,” Brandon Sun, 15 October 1920, page 6.

“W. T. Musgrove funeral rites on Wednesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 December 1941, page 20.

Beckoning Hills by Boissevain 75th Jubilee Committee, 1956.

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.

Beckoning Hills Revisited: Ours is a Goodly Heritage, Morton-Boissevain, 1881-1981 by Boissevain History Committee, c1981, page 150.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 August 2017

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