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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holmfield School No. 699 (Holmfield, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

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In May 1892, the Holmfield School District was established formally and classes were held in the home of George Armstrong in the village of Holmfield in the Rural Municipality of Turtle Mountain. By 1901, it had become overcrowded and local ratepayers authorized the construction of a new schoolhouse at a cost of $3,500. Work by contractor D. Barlow began that summer and was completed by September. It was a two-storey stone structure with three classrooms, a large meeting room, and a basement.

Demolished in 1951, the stone school was replaced by a one-storey building, constructed at a cost of $24,000 and opened officially on 3 April 1951. In January 1959, the district consolidated with Hazeldell School No. 611 and West Derby School No. 194 to become Holmfield Consolidated School No. 699. The high school closed in June 1959 and the school as a whole closed in June 1974. The building was later demolished and its bell sits atop the Bank of Toronto Vault.

Some records for the school are held at the Messner Store Museum.

Principals

Period

Principal

1906-1908

Hugh Clarke Fairfield (1877-1961)

1908-1913

David Smith Tod (1870-1937)

1913-1914

Robert B. Masterton

1914-1916

John D. Sutherland

1916-1918

Clarence Record

1918-1921

Duncan Scott McIntyre (1899-1975)

1921-1922

Edith Ann Fingland (1877-1957)

1922-1924

Ida J. Finnen

1924-1926

Alfred James Struthers (c1890-?)

1926-1928

John Macgregor Wilkie (1904-1991)

1928-1933

James Thomas Hulme (1864-1938)

1933-1936

Charles Edward Clare Durnin (c1903-1974)

1936-1939

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1939-1942

Walter Fredrickson (1908-1974)

1942-1943

Oliver Clayton Bricker (1900-1992)

1943-1959

Hugh Arthur Johnson (1910-1967)

1959-1969

?

1969-1970

William Sanford “Bill” Kirbyson (1908-1995)

Teachers

The other teachers of Holmfield School were: Frances Balfour (1892-1893), James C. Butchart (1893-1894), Joseph McKee (1894-1895), R. W. E. Preston (1895), A. G. Lanigan (1895-1896), J. D. Nicol (1896-1899), Marnie E. Sargent (1899-1900), James G. Dunlop (1900-1901), Louis McKinn (1901-1902), Henry G. Heasman (1902-1903), Miss Greenway (1903), Robert Moir (1905-1906), Grace L. Hicks (1905-1907), Lillian Coulter (1906-1908), Nellie Martin (1908-1911), Cecelia A. Cresswell (1910-1911), Laurinda Martin (1911-1912), Janet A. Pritchard (1911-1915), J. A. Peadon (1914-1916), Frances M. Porter (1916-1917), Retta Davis (1916-1918), Winnifred W. Collis (1917-1918), Mildred A. Bateman (1917-1919), Ilo M. Nelson (1918-1919), S. Estella Carruthers (1918-1919), Marjorie Davidson (1919-1920), Jessie Knox (1919-1920), Helen F. Wiechman (1920-1922), Cora L. Hefford (1920-1922), Edith H. Gee (1921-1923), Fern Morden (1922-1924), Mary E. McMillan (1923-1924), Mary R. Wiechman (1923-1924), Maude E. Rutherford (1924-1926), Elsie R. Jones (1924-1926), Elsie B. Fisher (1925-1926), Evelyn H. McPherson (1926-1929), Mildred A. Lousley (1926-1927), Hilda M. Huddlestone (1927-1943), Christina D. Hunter (1929-1931), Isabella M. Jamieson (1931-1938), Charlotte I. Lynch (1938-1940), Dorothy H. Dutton (1940-1941), Eva M. Lyons (1941-1945), Dorothy McMillan (1943-1945), Florence Clucas (1945-1947), Margarette B. McNabb (1945-1946), Frances E. Havard (1945), Mary Rankin (1946), Ila T. Cockriell (1947-1949, 1950-1955), Jessie H. Neufeld (1947-1948), Sigrun B. Sigurdsson (1948-1949), Sarah B. Steel (1949-1952), R. L. Duane Duff (1949-1950), Mabel E. Sabad (1952-1953, 1957-1965), Enid I. Cobbledick Brogden (1953-1956), Marilyn P. Gusdal (1955-1957), Tena Moffat (1956), Elizabeth Grierson (1957-1968), Harry F. Tiessen (1964-1965), Leanore E. B. Knight (1965-1967), Alice I. McKnight (1965-1967), Patricia B. Porter (1967-1969), Marlene L. McKelvey (1967-1968), Shirley M. Langan (1968-1974), Jill Gwynne (1968-1969, 1971-1972), Jessie H. Duerksen (1968-1970, 1971-1972), William S. Kirbyson (1969-1970), Dale W. Armstrong (1969-1970), Owen J. Wallis (1970-1971), Joseph A. Mayers (1970-1972), Trudy Grey (1971-1972), and Robert F. Renshaw (1972-1974).

Photos & Maps

Holmfield School, constructed in 1901

Holmfield School, constructed in 1901 (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 111.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.13445, W99.48651
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bank of Toronto Vault (Holmfield, RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

Personal Memoirs: Memories of Teaching at Holmfield School (1949-1950) by Duane Duff

Sources:

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

“Holmfield, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, 1919, Archives of Manitoba.

“Holmfield school to close,” Brandon Sun, 20 June 1974, page 3.

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.

By the Old Mill Stream: A History of the Village of Holmfield & District by Holmfield History Book Committee, 1982.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Duane Duff for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 May 2019

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