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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cypress River Consolidated School No. 2357 / Cypress River Museum (Cypress River, RM of Victoria)

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Originally known as Somerset School No. 342 when it was established in 1882, at 13-7-13 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Victoria, five years later the school was moved to the new railway town of Cypress River. It was later renamed Cypress River School No. 342. The present two-storey brick structure was erected in 1896, on a design by Winnipeg architect Hugh McCowan.

Cypress River Consolidated School, located on Connon Street in Cypress River was created in April 1958 with the consolidation of Cypress River School No. 342 with schools from the surrounding rural areas, including Glencove School No. 205, Selton School No. 291, Richmond Hill School No. 363, Bru School No. 368, Cypress Valley School No. 394, and Oliver School No. 1766.

A new elementary school was built at Cypress River in 1959, and the earlier two-storey structure was then used as a high school. The school closed in the late 1960s and its bell was removed from the tower for reinstallation on a monument nearby. The building sat vacant for some time. In 1970, as part of Manitoba centennial celebrations, it was reopened as a seasonal community museum, which operated for about 20 years.

When the museum closed permanently, its artifacts were returned to the original donors, were transferred to other museums, or were sold at a public auction. The building was then sold to a local resident. It has since suffered significant structural damage, with outer brick courses having been removed from the first and second levels on its south-facing side.

Principals

Period

Principal

1898-1900

William Nelson Denike (1871-1948)

1900-1901

Theophilus Grant Finn (1865-1934)

1901-1902

David Baldwin (1873-1949)

1902-1904

Edward Alfred Hemsworth (1872-1955)

1904-1905

Wilfred John Fee (1881-1933)

1905-1906

John Sawford Peach (1883-1968)

1906-1907

William Thompson Shipley (1870-1922)

1907-1909

Francis Kethel “Frank” Coleridge (1865-1944)

1909-1910

Thomas Keenan

1910-1912

?

1912-1913

Lloyd T. Hayward

1913-1914

Otto Brown Cossitt (c1876-1964)

1914-1915

John Marshall Nason (1887-1963)

1915-1918

Harold Ludlow Albright (1888-1955)

1918-1920

D. McLeod

1920-1921

George Robert Farrar Prowse (1860-1946)

1921-1923

William Alexander Moon (1893-1944)

1923-1925

Louis Shere

1925-1929

Robert Edward Beecher (1892-1978)

1929-1933

Thomas William Ebbern (1879-1970)

1933-1941

James Alvin Leslie (?-1973)

1941-1945

Richard Buck (1907-1994)

1945-1951

Samuel Stewart Bryan (1889-?)

1951-1958

Rene Allen Ollivier (?-1982)

1958-1961

Henry Lambert Williams (1890-1976)

1961-1963

Peter Frederick Kutcher (1918-2013)

1963-1964

George Russell Pearson (1906-1987)

1964-1966

R. C. Beech

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Cypress River School were V. G. Ward (1920-1921) and A. J. Manning.

Photos & Maps

Cypress River School

The original Cypress River School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 34.

Cypress River School

The Cypress River School teacherage (no date) by G. H. Robertson
The building still stands northeast of the school on James Avenue
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 34.

Cypress River School

Cypress River School (August 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Cypress River 2.

Cypress River Consolidated School

The former Cypress River Consolidated School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1397.

Cypress River School

The former Cypress River Consolidated School building (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Cypress River School

Closeup of damage to the building’s south wall (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.55581, W99.09312
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cypress River Pioneers Monument (RM of Victoria)

Sources:

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

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.

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

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

We thank Georgette Hutlet and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information provided here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 August 2015

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