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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elphinstone School No. 196 (Elphinstone, RM of Yellowhead)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

Two former school buildings in Elphinstone, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead, date from different times. The older building, erected in 1928, was later used as a church. The newer school building beside it, erected in 1960, was vacant, having closed in 1994. Both buildings were in poor condition at the site of a 2020 site visit.

Principals

Period

Principal

1915-1916

James Thomas Hulme (1864-1938)

1916-1918

H. F. Reynolds

1918-1919

H. W. Bowen

1919-1920

?

1920-1923

John Hammond Irwin (1886-1952)

1923-1924

John Blain Stewart (1882-?)

1924-1925

George Robert Farrar Prowse (1860-1946)

1925-1928

Christina Mary McRostie Sinclair (1893-1979)

1928-1929

George W. King

1929-1931

Laura Marguerite Fisher Hammonds (1902-1989)

1931-1934

John Macgregor Wilkie (1904-1991)

1934-1936

John Maxwell “Jack” McGilvray (1908-1977)

1936-1937

Keith Ian Sanburn Smith (c1908-1972)

1937-1941

William James Bond (1868-1941)

1941-1942

R. J. Dingwall

1942-1943

William Wallace Cutforth (1910-1996)

1943-1947

George William Chidley (c1908-1972)

1947-1950

Teresa Moloney (1899-1983)

1950-1952

Robert Lloyd Hedley (1920-1982)

1952-1953

H. F. Neable

1953-1955

James Ogel Beckstead (1883-1985)

1955-1956

James S. McKessock (1911-1983)

1956-1959

Victor Harvey Hugo (1888-1972)

1959-1960

M. Makarchuk

1960-1967

A. S. Kiliwnik

1967-1970

G. W. Bochinski

1970-1971

Larry Verner Moldowan (1940-2013)

1971-1973

Walter Kiliwnik

Teachers

Among the teachers who worked at Elphinstone School through the years were Raoul McKay and Helen Margaret Murchie Dickie.

Photos & Coordinates

Elphinstone School

Elphinstone School (circa 1910)
Source: Education Department Report, 1910, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The former Elphinstone School building

The former Elphinstone School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Elphinstone School building

The former Elphinstone School building (August 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

The former Elphinstone School building

The former Elphinstone School building (August 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53176, W100.31826
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathclair Centennial Monument (Elphinstone, RM of Yellowhead)

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.

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

Obituary [Helen Margaret Dickie], Shoal Lake Star, 18 May 1993, page 11.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 September 2020

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