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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fleming School (2320 Louise Avenue, Brandon)

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Built in 1914 on a design by Brandon architect Walter Henderson Shillinglaw, Fleming School was named for the city’s first physician, Alexander Fleming. Initially consisting of six classrooms, the brick structure underwent two major renovations. In 1953, an 8,875-square-foot, one storey addition was made on its south side. Nine years later, a 5,395-square-foot, two storey addition was built on the west side. This second addition included a gymnasium.

The school closed in June 2005 and, as of late 2006, the building was used as a high school by the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. The building was sold to the band in December 2010.

Principals

Period

Principal

1915-1921

Ethel Alida Paisley (1873-1946)

1921-1922

O. N. Riddle

1922-1923

J. E. McDowell

1923-1928

William Arthur Wood (?-1978)

1928-1929

Neil Alexander McLennan (1902-1982)

1929-1938

Allan Redvers Mitchell (1900-1975)

1938-1941

Emerson Goldwin Christilaw (1904-1978)

1941-1942

James Irving Bateman (1911-2000)

1942-1943

Henry Frederick Hyson (1904-1979)

1943-1949

Edythe May Wood (1904-1998)

1949-1955

Betty Gibson (1911-2001)

1955-1958

?

1958-1966

James Irving Bateman (1911-2000)

1966-1973

Colin M. Mailer

1973-?

Emelia Hudy

Vice-Principals

Period

Vice-Principal

1960-1967

Mrs. E. H. Hammond

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1915

?

1915-1916

Miss Clandenning, Ethel Alida Paisley, ?

1916-1917

Ethel Alida Paisley, ?

1917-1918

Ethel Alida Paisley, ?

1918-1919

Miss Clandening, Ethel Alida Paisley, Miss A. Rathwell (grade 2), Miss Riesberry

1919-1920

Ethel Alida Paisley, Miss E. Rathwell (grade 2), ?

1920-1921

Ethel Alida Paisley, ?

1921-1922

Miss H. Grant (grades 3-4), Mr. Riddle (grades 6-7)

1922-1923

Evelyn M. Dorrett, Muriel F. Dorrett, Mary McCartney, J. E. McDowell, William Wilson, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1923-1924

?

1924-1925

?

1925-1926

Mary Clark, Marjorie Davidson, Edith Insley, Mary McCartney, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1926-1927

Miss M. Clark, Miss M. Davidson, Miss M. McCartney, Miss E. Pottinger, Mrs Mary M. Wilson

1927-1928

Miss Mary Clark, Miss Marjorie Davidson, Miss Mary McCartney, Miss E. F. Pottinger, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1928-1929

Miss A. B. Fraser, Miss Mary McCartney, Neil McLennan, Mary E. Parker, Miss E. F. Pottinger, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1929-1930

?

1930-1931

Margaret Doak, Miss Evelyn M. Fisher, Mary A. Harrup, Elizabeth F. Pottinger, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1931-1932

Nellie Ambrose, Margaret Doak, Miss Evelyn M. Fisher, Mary A. Harrup, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1932-1933

Nellie Ambrose, Margaret Doak, Miss Evelyn M. Fisher, Mary A. Harrup, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1933-1934

?

1934-1935

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Evelyn M. Fraser, Miss Kay Fraser, Miss E. L. Nicol, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1935-1936

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Evelyn M. Fisher, Miss Kay M. Fraser, Miss E. L. Nicol, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1936-1937

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Evelyn M. Fisher, Miss Kay M. Fraser, Miss E. L. Nicol, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1937-1938

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Irene Drysdale, Miss Winnie Hunt, Miss Alexandrina Walker, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1938-1939

Miss A. S. Bailey (England), Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Irene Drysdale, Miss Alexandrina Walker, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1939-1940

Miss Margaret Collins, Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Irene Drysdale, Miss Alexandrina Walker, Mrs. Mary M. Wilson

1940-1941

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Irene Drysdale, Miss Georgina Sanford, Miss Alexandrina Walker

1941-1942

Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Georgina Sanford, Miss Alexandrina Walker, Barbara Yaeger

1942-1943

Miss Alice F. Braund, Miss Dilys Davies, Miss Georgina Sanford, Miss Alexandrina Walker

1943-1944

Miss Alice F. Braund, Miss Dilys Davies, Doreen Franklin, Miss Alexandrina Walker

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

?

1958-1959

Miss S. Ayers (grade 4), James Irving Bateman (grade 6), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Miss M. Bruce (grade 3), Miss N. Bunting (grade 1), Mrs. E. Denbow (grade 1), Miss C. Eaton (grade 2), Miss L. English (grade 4), O. Epp (grade 5), Miss N. Ford (grade 3), Miss D. Gray (grade 2), Mrs. C. A. Lenover (grade 1), Mrs. J. Lumbard (grade 1), Miss N. McConnell (grade 2), Miss G. Poersch (grade 5), Miss H. Short (grade 2), Mrs. E. Wyton (grade 3)

1959-1960

Mrs. L. Bedford, Mrs. B. Bertram, Mrs. M. Burns (cottage), Miss N. Dauk, Mrs. E. Denbow (cottage), Mrs. C. Franceschini, Miss W. Greaves, Mrs. E. Hammond, Miss D. Hyndman, David John McDowell, Miss B. McLaughlin, Miss H. Short, Mrs. S. Spence, Miss R. West, Mrs. E. Wyton

1960-1961

James Irving Bateman (grade 6), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Mrs. B. Bertram (grade 3), Mrs. M. Burns (grade 2), Mrs. E. Denbow (grade 1), Mrs. D. Ferguson (grade 1), Mrs. C. Franceschini (grade 3), Miss W. Greaves (grade 4), David John McDowell (grade 5), Miss B. McLaughlin (grade 4), Mrs. H. Patmore (grade 2), Mrs. P. Pettis (special classes), Mrs. M. Smith (special classes), Mrs. S. Spence (grade 6), A. Sytnyk (grade 5)

1961-1962

James Irving Bateman (grade 6), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Mrs. B. Bertram (grade 3), Mrs. R. Chambers (grade 2), Miss M. Eamer (grade 1), Miss G. Erven (grade 2), Mrs. C. Franceschini (grade 3), Miss W. Greaves (grade 4), Miss E. McLaughlin (grade 4), Miss L. Moore (grade 5), Mrs. M. Neilson (grade 1), Mrs. H. Patmore (grade 2), Mrs. P. Pettis (special classes), A. Sytnyk (grade 5), Mrs. C. Vance (grade 6)

1962-1963

James Irving Bateman (grade 7), Mrs. L. Bedford (grade 1), Mrs. B. Bertram (grade 3), R. Blair (grade 7), Mrs. R. Chambers (grade 2), Miss M. Doak (grade 5), Miss M. Eamer (grade 1), Miss G. Erven (grade 2), Miss L. Foster (grade 3), Miss W. Greaves (grade 4), Miss E. McLaughlin (grade 4), Mrs. M. Neilson (grade 1), Mrs. H. G. Patmore (grade 2), B. Patterson (grade 6), Mrs. P. Pettis (special classes), Mrs. S. Reekie (grade 5), Mrs. C. Vance (grade 6)

1963-1964

Mrs. L. Bedford, Mrs. R. G. Chambers, B. J. Diller, Miss M. Doak, Mrs. A. L. Douglas, Miss G. H. Erven, Miss W. Greaves, Miss I. M. Iverson, Miss M. E. Lockhart, Miss H. R. Martin, Miss B. M. McLaughlin, Mrs. M. E. Nielson, Mrs. H. G. Patmore, B. W. Patterson, Mrs. P. R. Pettis, Miss J. F. Rainbird

1964-1965

Mrs. L. Bedford, Mrs. R. G. Chambers, B. J. Diller, Miss M. Doak, Mrs. A. L. Douglas, Miss G. H. Erven, Miss W. Greaves, Miss H. L. Hatch (kindergarten), Miss S. L. Hatch (kindergarten), Miss R. E. Levenick, Miss M. E. Lockhart, Miss B. M. McLaughlin, Mrs. M. E. Nielson, Mrs. H. G. Patmore, Mrs. P. R. Pettis, Miss J. F. Rainbird

1965-1966

Mrs. G. O. Adams, G. A. Auriat, Mrs. L. Bedford, Mrs. R. G. Chambers, B. J. Diller, Miss M. Doak, Mrs. A. L. Douglas, Miss W. Greaves, H. L. Hatch (kindergarten), Miss J. Lowe (kindergarten), Miss B. M. McLaughlin, Mrs. H. G. Patmore, Mrs. P. R. Pettis, Miss J. F. Rainbird, Mrs. P. Rogers, J. J. J. Wishart

1966-1967

G. A. Auriat (grade 5), Miss M. Collins (grade 1), Mrs. W. M. Curtis (grade 4), Miss W. Greaves (grade 4), Miss H. L. Hatch (kindergarten), Miss M. B. Ilott (grade 2), Colin M. Mailer (grade 6), Mrs. H. G. Patmore (grade 3), Mrs. P. R. Pettis (special classes), Miss B. L. Thompson (grade 6)

1967-1968

G. A. Auriat (grade 5), Miss M. Collins (grade 1), Mrs. T. Cullen, Mrs. W. M. Curtis (grade 4), Miss W. Greaves (grade 4), Mrs. E. H. Hammond, Miss M. B. Ilott (grade 2), Colin M. Mailer (grade 6), Mrs. R. Moore (ungraded), Mrs. R. H. Patmore (grade 3), Mrs. E. Penner (kindergarten), Miss B. L. Thompson (grade 6), L. Veale

Photos & Coordinates

Fleming School

Fleming School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 134.

Fleming School

Fleming School (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84360, W99.96935
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Brandon School Board secures good price for its debentures,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 August 1914, page 8.

“Routine business before trustees of School Board,” Brandon Daily Sun, 10 November 1914, page 8.

“Little of interest at inaugural meeting of the School Board,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 January 1915, page 8.

“Long discussion by School Board on truancy work,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 March 1915, page 5.

“Extension of car tracks laid over by city council,” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 April 1915, page 1.

“Public schools re-open Monday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 10 April 1915, page 1.

“New school opened in west end today,” Brandon Daily Sun, 12 April 1915, page 1.

“Schools north of C.P.R. [Fleming School],” Brandon Daily Sun, 19 June 1915, page 2.

“Prepare for opening of the city schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 August 1915, page 1.

“Teachers should give longer notice,” Brandon Daily Sun, 12 August 1915, page 1.

“Many beginners: public schools are well filled,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 September 1917, page 1.

“Public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1918, page 6.

“Changes in the teaching staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1919, page 1.

“Teaching staff Brandon schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 5 September 1922, page 10.

“Have full staff of teachers for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1923, page 1.

“Have full staff of teachers for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1923, page 1.

“Schools open in Brandon, attendance high,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 2 September 1925, page 11.

“Beginners will be taken into public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1925, page 1.

“Teaching staff complete for school opening,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1926, page 6.

“Public schools and collegiate open tomorrow,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1927, page 1.

“Temporary accommodation for higher grades,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1928, page 6.

“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.

“Artifacts, pictures attract attention at Fleming school anniversary tea”, Brandon Sun, 2 November 1974, page 10.

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

“Fleming School, land up for sale”, Brandon Sun, 10 August 2005, page A3.

History of Brandon School Division - Fleming School, Brandon School Division.

We thank Greg Sigurdson and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 August 2021

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