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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brant Consolidated School No. 1703 (Argyle, RM of Rockwood)

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When the Canadian Northern Railway built a line through the Interlake region, the village of Argyle was established on 18-14-1E in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. A school district was established here to replace two smaller one-room schools in the vicinity: Brant School No. 84 and McLeod School No. 239.

A two-storey brick veneer school building was erected in late 1914. Designed by Winnipeg architect Frank R. Evans, and initially comprising two classrooms, increasing student enrollment through the 1920s necessitated the addition of two classrooms in 1929. A gymnasium was added to the rear of the building in the late 1970s. It is a rare surviving example of a consolidated school still in use as a school, and is a provincially designated heritage site.

Principals

Period

Principal

1914-1916

Frank Samuel Cockbill (c1891-?)

1916-1917

James Sampson

1917-1920

William Stanley “Bill” Lockhart (1896-1978)

1920-1923

Isabel Inkster

1923-1925

F. N. Sexsmith

1925-1929

Fred Morgan (1877-1936)

1929-1932

Alexander Maxwell “Max” Segall (1905-1983)

1932-1937

Richard Buck (1907-1994)

1937-1942

William Morrow Ingram (1907-1964)

1942-1943

K. W. J. Pomeroy, Miss Handel, John Ernest Ingot (?-2001)

1943-1944

George Wesley Bartlett (1876-1950)

1944-1947

Arnold Marshall Leech (1911-1998)

1947-1950

Joseph Albert Mayers (1909-1980)

1950-1955

Walter Yanchyshyn (1922-1997)

1955-1958

Phil Kozokowsky

1958-1961

Olafia Jonina Jonsson Melan (1887-1966)

1961-1963

Aneita Fletcher

1963-1965

Bernie Weins

1965-1985

Frederick A. “Fred” Post (1942-2011)

1985-1987

Jim Drysdale

1987-1989

Joanne Dowsett

1989-1991

Blair duGray

1991-1994

Gail Peterkin Romanchuk

1994-1998

Greg Ross

1998-1999

Gord Revel

1999-?

John Mak

Teachers

No information.

Photos & Maps

Brant School

Brant School (circa 1920)
Source: Shayne Campbell

Brant School

Horse-drawn vans used to transport students to Brant School (1914)
Source: Shayne Campbell

Brant School

A classroom in Brant School (circa 1940)
Source: Shayne Campbell

Brant School

A view of Argyle showing Brant School on right (1941)
Source: Shayne Campbell

Brant School

Brant School (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.18236, W97.45274
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Argyle Settlers Cairn (RM of Rockwood)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

“Tenders for building school,” Stonewall Argus, 29 April 1914, page 8.

Brant Consolidated School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

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.

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

Hands Across the Meridian: A History of Brant-Argyle, Manitoba by Argyle History Book Committee, 2000, page 74.

We thank Shayne Campbell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 January 2016

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