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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Earl Oxford School (540 Eighteenth Street, Brandon)

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The two-storey brick and stone Earl Oxford School, at the intersection of Eighteenth Street and Victoria Avenue in Brandon, was designed by local architect Walter Henderson Shillinglaw. It was constructed of Fort William red brick and masonry and built by day labourers, with structural work completed by the end of 1928, although finishing work on the interior persisted into 1929. The school featured eight classrooms, of which six were used on opening, along with a nurse’s room, principal’s office, and library. The basement contained office space and gymnasium with durolothic floor, the latter of which delayed the school’s opening due to cold temperatures affecting its installation and setting. For the first part of the 1928-1929 school year, classes were held at Fleming SchoolPark School, and New Central School. The junior high school opened its doors to students in grades 7-9 on 11 February. An official opening ceremony was held on 5 March 1929.

Principals

Period

Principal

1928-1941

John Hammond Irwin (1886-1952)

1941-1942

Gabriel Richard Rowe (1897-1968)

1942-1948

John Hammond Irwin (1886-1952)

1948-1964

Gabriel Richard Rowe (1897-1968)

1964-1966

George Montgomery “Monty” Dunbar (c1928-2001)

1966-1983

Peter J. Caryk (1931-1991)

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1960-1961

Mrs. E. Richardson

1961-1963

Mrs. M. Simmons

1963-1964

William Beddome “Bill” Bridgett (1928-1999)

1964-1965

Mrs. M. I. Harper

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

Mrs. E. J. Grant
Mrs. M. I. Harper

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1928-1929

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Marguerite Doyle, Miss Elsie Fisher, Miss Edith Insley, John Hammond Irwin, Miss E. Irene Winn

1929-1930

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, ?

1930-1931

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Marguerite McDole, Jean Ross, Alexandrina Walker, Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1931-1932

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Marguerite McDole, Jean Ross, Melva Todd, Alexandrina Walker, Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1932-1933

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Marguerite McDole, Jean Ross, Melva Todd, Alexandrina Walker, Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1933-1934

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, ?

1934-1935

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Winnifred Morrison, Miss Jean Ross, Miss Melva Todd, Miss Alexandrina Walker, Miss Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1935-1936

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Henry Frederick Hyson, Miss Winnifred Morrison, Miss Jean Ross, Miss Melva Todd, Miss Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1936-1937

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Marjorie Fitton, Roy Bernard Lobb, Jean Ross, Melva Todd, Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1937-1938

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Marjorie Fitton, Henry Frederick Hyson, Miss Jean Ross, Miss Melva Todd, Miss Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1938-1939

Miss Blodwen Bowen (England), Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Majorie Fitton,  Henry Frederick Hyson, Miss Melva Todd, Miss Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1939-1940

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Marjorie Fitton, Henry Frederick Hyson, Miss Melva Todd, Miss Florence Wilson, Miss E. Irene Winn

1940-1941

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Miss Marjorie Fitton, F. Goodwin, Henry Frederick Hyson, Miss Kathleen King, Miss E. Irene Winn

1941-1942

Mrs. Mary B. Cannon, Marion Delmage, Marjorie Fitton, Miss Kathleen King, Edith Ward, Miss E. Irene Winn, Edythe Wood

1942-1943

Miss Margaret Crosbie, Miss Marion Delmage, Joseph Federick, Miss Edith Ward, Miss E. Irene Winn, Edythe Wood

1943-1944

Jean Chapman, Miss Margaret Crosbie, Olive House, Henry Frederick Hyson, Edith Ward, Miss E. Irene Winn

1944-1945

?

1945-1946

?

1946-1947

?

1947-1948

?

1948-1949

?

1949-1950

?

1950-1951

?

1951-1952

?

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

?

1954-1955

?

1955-1956

?

1956-1957

?

1957-1958

Morris Bohonos, ?

1958-1959

Morris Bohonos (grade 7), Peter J. Caryk (grade 7), Robert John Coates (grade 8), O. Funk (grade 8), A. Hickling (grade 9), B. Kirkpatrick (grade 7), Mrs. M. Kotyk (grade 8), Miss M. Makinson (grade 6), Mrs. M. Mann (grade 8), Mrs. W. E. Moore (grade 5), J. Oliver (grade 8), Gabriel Richard Rowe (grade 9), T. M. Sherloski (grade 7), Mrs. M. Simmons (grade 7), Mrs. E. Spence (grade 6), Miss E. Ward (grade 7), Mrs. R. Wilken (grade 9), Miss E. Winn (grade 9), Mrs. J. Wyton (grade 4)

1959-1960

Morris Bohonos, Peter J. Caryk, Robert John Coates, O. Funk, Mrs. H. Hanlin, A. Hickling, Mrs. E. Hyde, Mrs. W. Kowalchuk, Miss M. Makinson, Mrs. M. Mann, Miss L. Moore, T. Sherloski, Mrs. M. Simmons, Mrs. G. Slawson, Miss E. Ward, Mrs. R. Wilken, Miss I. Winn

1960-1961

Mrs. J. Allan (grade 8), Morris Bohonos (grade 8), Mrs. C. Brown (grade 3), William Brown (grade 6), Miss M. Collins (grade 1), Miss M. Dauk (grade 2), Mrs. M. Kotyk (grade 8), Miss M. Makinson (grade 6), Mrs. M. Mann (grade 8), D. McLennan (grade 8), E. Nolan (grade 7), Mrs. K. Reynolds (Grade 7), Mrs. E. Richardson (grade 4), Gabriel Richard Rowe (grade 8), H. Schroeder (grade 7), Mrs. M. Simmons (grade 8), Miss M. Stevens (grade 7), Miss E. Walker (grade 5), Miss E. Ward (grade 7)

1961-1962

Miss R. Babcock (grade 4), Morris Bohonos (grade 8), Mrs. C. Brown (grade 3), Mrs. M. Burns (grade 2), Miss M. Collins (grade 1), J. Easter (grade 7), Mrs. A. Haggarty (grade 5), Mrs. M. Kotyk (grade 8), Miss M. Makinson (grade 7), E. Nolan (grade 8), Miss D. Pearce (grade 7), Miss J. Pickard (grade 6), Mrs. K. Reynolds (grade 8), Gabriel Richard Rowe (grade 8), H. Schroeder (grade 7), Miss M. Stevens (grade 8), Miss E. Walker (grade 4), Miss J. Walton (grade 7), Miss E. Ward (grade 7)

1962-1963

Mrs. E. Barnes (grade 6), Morris Bohonos (grade 8), W. Bridgett (grade 8), Mrs. C. Brown (grade 4), Mrs. M. Burns (grade 2), Miss M. Collins (grade 1), H. Engbrecht (grade 6), Mrs. L. Glenn (grade 7), Mrs. A. Haggerty (grade 5), Mrs. K. Reynolds (grade 8), Gabriel Richard Rowe (grade 8), H. Schroeder (grade 7), Miss M. Stevens (grade 8), Mrs. F. Stevenson (grade 7), Miss S. Sul (grade 3), F. Szturm (grade 7), Mrs. G. Taylor (grade 3), Mrs. M. Taylor (grade 7), Miss E. Ward (grade 7)

1963-1964

Mrs. E. I. Barnes, Morris Bohonos, Miss J. F. Chrusciel, Miss M. Collins, Miss L. J. Donald, C. S. Farnell, Mrs. L. E. Glenn, Mrs. M. Gregory, J. H. McAuley, Miss C. F. McRoberts, Miss L. E. Moore, Mrs. S. K. Reynolds, H. C. Schroeder, Mrs. V. A. Sparks, Mrs. L. R. Sutherland, F. S. Szturm, Mrs. M. Taylor, Miss E. Ward, Mrs. R. Wilken

1964-1965

Mrs. E. I. Barnes, Miss P. L. Brandt, Miss J. F. Chrusciel, Miss M. Collins, Mrs. L. A. Dechka, Mrs. M. R. Gregory, Mrs. J. A. Kostynuik, J. H. McAuley, Mrs. E. M. McKenzie, E. P. Misanchuk, Miss L. E. Moore, Mrs. L. R. Sutherland, F. S. Szturm, B. B. Tannahill, Miss S. M. Traford, Mrs. G. M. Van Buskirk, Miss E. Ward, R. R. Wilken

1965-1966

Mrs. E. I. Barnes, Miss M. Collins, Mrs. L. A. Dechka, Mrs. S. M. Figol, Mrs. M. R. Gregory, Mrs. H. I. Harper, Mrs. S. M. Kennedy, Mrs. J. D. Kitz, Mrs. J. M. Kostyniuk, J. H. McAuley, Mrs. E. M. McKenzie, E. P. Misanchuk, E. Nolan, Miss L. L. Ramsey, Mrs. L. R. Sutherland, F. S. Szturm, B. B. Tannahill, Miss B. L. Thompson, Mrs. J. M. Van Buskirk

1966-1967

Mrs. E. I. Barnes (grade 6), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Peter J. Caryk (grade 8), Mrs. L. A. Dechka (grade 7), Lawrence A. Dyrkacz (grade 8), Mrs. S. M. Figol (grade 2), Mrs. E. J. Grant (grade 8), Mrs. M. R. Gregory (grade 8), Mrs. M. M. Johnston (grade 5), Mrs. S. M. Kennedy (grade 7), Mrs. J. K. Kitz (grade special classes), J. H. McAuley (special classes), Miss S. L. McDonald (grade 4), Mrs. E. M. McKenzie (grade 8), E. P. Misanchuk (special classes), Miss L. L. Ramsey (grade 3), Mrs. L. R. Sutherland (grade 7), Bryce B. Tannahill (grade 7)

1967-1968

F. Andrews, Mrs. E. I. Barnes (grade 6), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Peter J. Caryk (grade 8), Mrs. L. A. Dechka (grade 7), Lawrence A. Dyrkacz (grade 8), Mrs. S. M. Figol (grade 2), Mrs. E. J. Grant (grade 8), Mrs. M. R. Gregory (grade 8), M. Harper, Mrs. M. M. Johnston (grade 5), Mrs. S. M. Kennedy (grade 7), J. D. Kitz (grade 8), J. H. McAuley (grade 7), Miss S. L. McDonald (grade 4), Mrs. E. M. McKenzie (grade 8), E. P. Misanchuk (grade 8), Mrs. L. Paterson (grade 3), O. Reid, Mrs. P. Reid (grade 7), Mrs. L. R. Sutherland (grade 7), Bryce B. Tannahill (grade 7)

Among the other teachers of Earl Oxford School was Robert J. Coates.

Photos & Coordinates

Earl Oxford School

Earl Oxford School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7456, Album 4, Page 65.

Postcard view of Earl Oxford School

Postcard view of Earl Oxford School (no date) by R. J. Snazel
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0060

Earl Oxford School

Earl Oxford School (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84136, W99.96242
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Earl Haig School (First Street, Brandon)

Sources:

“Classes expected to move into Earl Oxford school over week-end,” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 February 1929, page 2.

“Need only one extra teacher on city staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 August 1928, page 2.

“Record attendance as fall school term opened today and accommodation limited,” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 September 1928, page 1.

“Earl Oxford School will open on Feb. 4,” Brandon Daily Sun, 25 January 1929, page 1.

“Opening of new school delayed by cold spell,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 January 1929, page 2

“Earl Oxford School official opening on Tuesday by reception,” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 March 1929, page 1.

“Official opening new Earl Oxford Junior High School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 March 1929, page 4.

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

“List of teachers public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1930.

“All schools to open Monday for fall term here,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1931.

“One addition only to city schools staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1932.

“Some changes on teaching staff of public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1934.

“Schools to open Tuesday for fall term in city,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1935.

“Few changes in teaching staff as all schools in city open Monday morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 August 1936.

“Five new teachers on staff of Brandon schools for fall term commencing next week,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1937.

“Teaching staff public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1938.

“Schools staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1939.

“Seven changes on teaching staff of the public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 September 1940.

“Important changes made in teaching staff for opening schools here Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1941.

“Elementary and junior high schools open tomorrow for fall term after long holidays,” Brandon Daily Sun, 26 August 1942.

“Eleven new teachers on staff as schools prepare to open for fall term commencing Monday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1943.

“Back to school Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1958, page 3.

“Brandon school teachers for 1959-60,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1959, page 2.

“6,000 Brandon students go back to work on Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 3 September 1960, page 12.

“Teachers listed for opening of schools on Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 2 September 1961, page 12.

“Teachers are assigned to schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1962, page 10.

“33 newcomers on elementary schools staff,” Brandon Sun, 21 August 1963, page 15.

“39 newcomers on elementary staff,” Brandon Sun, 19 August 1964, page 13.

“191 teachers placed here,” Brandon Sun, 20 August 1965, page 8.

“Over 200 elementary teachers,”Brandon Sun, 23 August 1966, page 16.

Brandon Elementary Schools, 1867-1979, Canada-Confederation, Brandon School Division, 1967.

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

We thank Tim Dekker, Greg Sigurdson, Catherine Harley, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2021

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