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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cartwright School No. 174 (Cartwright, Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin)

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The Cartwright School District was organized formally in April 1884, replacing an earlier school that had operated from 1882 at NW18-2-14W, northwest of the present Cartwright town site. Following the relocation of the town to its present location, in 1885, the first school was built in August 1888 at the same site as the present Cartwright School. It was replaced in 1896-1897 by a one-storey brick and stone schoolhouse erected on a design by Brandon architect W. H. Shillinglaw, and the earlier schoolhouse was moved a block away for use as a private residence which remains in existence today.

In 1920, two classrooms were added to the 1897 school building and this structure served the educational needs of the community until it was destroyed by fire on 13 February 1950. A new school was built that same year, on the same site: a two-storey, flat-roofed stucco building. As the school population grew, first a workroom, then a gymnasium were converted to classrooms. In 1962, a new collegiate was built to the south and the 1950 structure was used for the elementary grades. In 1978, a gymnasium and two classrooms were built between the two buildings, joining them.

The 1950 elementary school building was closed in 2006 due to high mould levels. The student population had declined by then, and students were crowded into the collegiate building. Eventually, two portable classrooms were added at the south end. The 1950 building was torn down in 2009 and its site is now a gravel bus pad.

Principals

Period

Principal

1898-1899

W. J. Barker

1899-1900

John Henry Conklin (1876-1955)

1900-1901

Albert E. Young

1901-1902

Herbert H. “Harry” McIntosh (1880-?)

1902-1904

David Smith Tod (1870-1937)

1904-1909

?

1909-1910

W. H. McLean

1910-1912

?

1912-1914

M. R. C. Smith

1914-1915

G. S. Bell

1915-1916

Norman Brett

1916-1917

A. W. Smith

1917-1918

Amy C. Purdy

1918-1919

Claude Elmer Luther Hogarth Law (c1881-1959)

1919-1922

A. H. G. Mitchell

1922-1923

O. G. Parsons

1923-1928

A. J. Radley

1928-1931

Richard Collier “Dick” Green (1899-1955)

1931-1937

John Peter Sigvaldason (1904-1986)

1937-1939

John Edward Lysecki (1905-1990)

1939-1941

Edgar John Jarvis (1894-1972)

1941-1942

Michael Ewanchuk (1908-2004)

1942-1945

Frank Benbow Fox (1890-1964)

1945-1946

Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)

1946-1949

Frank U. Dyck

1949-1953

Olive Mildred McMahon (c1914-1962)

1953-1954

Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-?)

1954-1955

Norman S. Toms (?-?)

1955-1956

J. Isaak

1956-1959

James Harvey Dow (1925-1999)

1959-1961

Arthur Kendall Stratton (1895-1961)

1961-1962

Hugh Arthur Johnson (1910-1967)

1962-1970

Joseph Albert Mayers (1909-1980)

1970-1973

R. G. Langton

Teachers

Among the teachers of Cartwright School were W. G. Bolton, Floris Olsen, and Amy Jean Mitchell.

Photos & Maps

Cartwright School

Cartwright School, sometime after the addition of two classrooms to its rear in 1920, before its destruction by fire in 1950 (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 61.

Cartwright School

Cartwright School soon after its construction, visible at extreme right in the photo below, demolished in 2009 (1950)
Source: Vicki Wallace

Cartwright School

The present Cartwright School complex including portable classrooms, collegiate, gymasium and the then-closed elementary school building erected in 1950 and demolished in 2009 (2008)
Source: Vicki Wallace

Site Location (lat/long): N49.09863, W99.33880
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

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 Vicki Wallace and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 February 2017

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