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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley School No. 9 (RM of Headingley)

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Built in 1907 by John Black Morrison at a cost of $5,250, on a design by Winnipeg architect Frank Robert Evans, the two-storey structure in the Rural Municipality of Headingley replaced a Mission school which had been established by the Anglican church in 1855. It opened in August 1907 and was the third school built in the Headingley area to serve those living on both sides of the Assiniboine River. The building was short-lived, being destroyed by fire on 14 January 1910. The remains of its foundation are near the monument.

To replace the structure, district residents could not agree on the location for a new school so two buildings were constructed, with local education continuing at the new Headingley School on the north side. On the south side of the Assiniboine River, local residents broke away and founded their own Phoenix School District No. 1528 (later consolidated back into Headingley School No. 9 in 1956).

A monument for Headingley School, erected in 1999 by the Headingley Historical Society and partially concealed by vegetation, is situated south of the entrance to Holy Trinity Cemetery in Headingley.

Principals

Period

Principal

c1894-c1896

William Jesse Grant (1869-1958)

c1896-1898

?

1898-1901

Jonathan Hughes Arnett (1879-1953)

1902-1903

Norman Benson Tufts (1875-1921)

1903-1906

Henry Edward Chaplin (1876-1935)

1907-1909

Adam Sharpe Gibson (1880-1935)

After 1909

see Headingley School and Phoenix School

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Headingley School was Colin Y. C. McCorquodale (1878-c1879).

Period

Teachers

1900-1901

Jonathan Hughes Arnett (senior grades), Jemima E. Tait (junior grades)

1901-1902

Jonathan Hughes Arnett (senior grades, Fall), Jemima E. Tait (junior grades, Fall), Spring records unavailable

1902-1903

records unavailable

1903-1904

records unavailable

1904-1905

Henry Edward Chaplin (senior grades, Spring), Mabel M. Weir (junior grades, Spring), Fall records unavailable

1905-1906

Henry Edward Chaplin (senior grades), Gertrude Sullivan (junior grades, Spring), Mabel M. Weir (junior grades, Fall)

1906-1907

F. C. Brooks (junior grades, early pt. Spring), Adam Sharpe Gibson (senior grades, Spring), Pearl P. Kyle (junior grades, late pt. Spring), Fall records unavailable

1907-1908

Adam Sharpe Gibson (senior grades), Pearl P. Kyle (junior grades)

1908-1909

Adam Sharpe Gibson (senior grades), Pearl P. Kyle (junior grades, Fall), Jessie Taylor (junior grades, Spring)

1909-1910

Fall only: E. Mary McDougall [MacDougall] (senior grades), Jessie Taylor (junior grades)

After 1909

see Headingley School and Phoenix School

Photos & Coordinates

The original Headingley School, built in 1890, that stood some distance to the east of the monument site, next to the former Church of England Mission School

The original Headingley School, built in 1890, that stood some distance to the east of the monument site, next to the former Church of England Mission School (circa 1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1908, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The second Headingley School building, constructed in 1908

The second Headingley School building, constructed in 1908 (1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1908, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The second Headingley School building, constructed in 1908

The second Headingley School building, constructed in 1908 (no date)
Source: Headingley Historical Society

Foundation for the former Headingley School

Foundation for the former Headingley School (May 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Headingley School commemorative monument beside the overgrown foundation of the former school building

Headingley School commemorative monument beside the overgrown foundation of the former school building (July 2011)
Source: Ken Jacobs

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86771, W97.39680
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Headingley School No. 9 (Headingley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Phoenix School No. 1528 (Headingley)

Sources:

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Prince of Wales School District #1373 - Daily Registers, GR2061, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Headingley School District No. 9 - Uniform [Contractor & Architect] Contract, GR2082, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

“Headingly,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 August 1895, page 2.

“News of the busy West [Headingly news],” Manitoba Free Press, 20 August 1907, page 10.

“Headingly notes,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 December 1908, page 12.

“Jessie Taylor of Headingly becomes bride of T. V. Ellaby,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 October 1941, page 10.

“Ex-city fireman dies at 67 [Thomas Victor Ellaby],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 November 1954, page 30.

Obituary [Jessie Ellaby], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 September 1969, page 37.

Headingley: Pioneers Past & Present by Murray Peterson and Georgia Anderson Taillieu, Headingley Historical Society, 2003.

We thank Jean Ammeter for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Ken Jacobs, Rose Kuzina, Nathan Kramer, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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