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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lac du Bonnet School No. 1235 (Lac du Bonnet)

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The Lac du Bonnet School District was established formally in May 1903 and, the following year, a one-room log schoolhouse built at NE7-15-11E in Lac du Bonnet. A June 1915 addition made it into a three-classroom school. As student enrollment grew, two teachers were employed by the district by 1913 and three teachers by 1921. A larger school building, designed by Gilbert Parfitt, was built in 1931 after which the old school building was sold and moved off the site. The second school was destroyed by fire on 24 February 1945 and a replacement was opened in January 1947. In 1961, a eight-classroom collegiate was constructed and opened officially on 24 November 1961. The district was dissolved in 1962, becoming the Lac du Bonnet Consolidated School District No. 2394.

A stone monument at the site of the first Lac du Bonnet School was erected in 2016 by the Lac du Bonnet Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee. Some records relating to school operations through the years are held by the Lac du Bonnet Historical Society.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1922

Mrs. G. Hamilton

1922-1923

?

1923-1924

Mrs. S. Burridge

1924-1925

Kristjan Bergthor “Kris” Sigurdsson (1899-1990)

1925-1926

?

1926-1927

John Houston

1927-1930

P. A. Frossais

1930-1931

Dorothy Clark

1931-1933

John Lorne McAllister

1933-1937

Lawrence S. Smith

1937-1939

Henry Benjamin Bees (c1886-1968)

1939-1940

Frank Edward White (1915-1994)

1940-1942

George William Chidley (c1908-1972)

1942-1944

A. K. Paterson

1944-1947

Edward A. Moroz

1947-1949

Marcel A. Bonneau

1949-1951

J. G. Patterson

1951-1952

William Murrell

1952-1958

Vivian Clarkson “Clark” Hardy (1897-1982)

1958-1959

William Gordon Rivers

1959-1962

H. K. Long

1962-1966

Robert F. Dyne

1966-1973

M. Okolita

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Lac du Bonnet School were Sarah McDougall (1904-1905), Agnes Curran (1905), J. H. Gallant (1905), Eva McRae (1908), Miss M. Grange (1909), F. Carriere (1909), Bertha Dymond (1909-1912), Mr. J. McGuiness (1912), Miss L. E. Swain (1916), Miss R. McKenzie (1921), Miss L. Pearlman (1921), Miss Silver (1923), Miss J. Simmie (1923), Miss A. F. Lachmance (1924-1926), Miss M. Levant (1924), Nellie Abrain (1926), Miss Feely (1929), Janet S. Reid (1930-1935), Miss F. Molloy (1930-1936), Margaret Scarfe (1930), Miss J. H. Fletcher (1936), D. L. Cameron (1938), J. Nyznyk (1940-1941), Aileen Small (1940-1942), Margaret Daley (1940-1941), J. Reid (1940-1941), Florence Coutts (1941), Mrs. H. Bees (1941), Jessie McConnal (1941-1942), Mrs. J. C. Bietting (1941-1942), W. M. Loader (1941-1942), A. Solar (1942-1944), D. G. Irwin (1942-1944), Mrs. A. K. Bietting (1942-1944), Catherine Slater (1942-1944), Mrs. C. M. Thorton (1943), Mrs. D. G. Kaatz (1943), Mrs. J. M. Kruyk (1943), Mary Hrynchuk [Hrenchuk] (1943), Annie Davidowski (1943), and C. M. Whitworth (1944-1945).

Photos & Maps

The first Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1903 and expanded in 1915

The first Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1903 and expanded in 1915 (circa 1930) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 82.

The second Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1931 and destroyed by fire in 1945

The second Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1931 and destroyed by fire in 1945 (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 82.

The third Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1947 and known as Park Avenue School

The third Lac du Bonnet School, built in 1947 and known as Park Avenue School (1949)
Source: Lac du Bonnet Historical Society

Lac du Bonnet School commemorative monument

Lac du Bonnet School commemorative monument (August 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N50.25543, W96.05887
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Lac du Bonnet School #1235 Ledgers (W. D. Halliday, Secretary-Treasurer), Lac du Bonnet Historical Society.

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.

Obituary [Catherine Maria Thexton], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 March 2019.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Terry Tottle, and Marlene Tottle.

Page revised: 10 March 2019

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