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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Martin School No. 870 (Kelvin Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Established in the Winnipeg suburb of Elmwood on 2 April 1896, the school district was named for politician and ex-Principal Joseph “Joe” Martin. Classes were held at a site just north of the Louise Bridge until, in 1901, the district erected a two-storey, two-room schoolhouse based on designs of local architect Hugh McCowan. The proposed construction site was opposite the J. Y. Griffin & Company slaughterhouse and pork packing plant (now Ernie O’Dowda Memorial Park). However, Dr. Pennefather, Chairman of the Provincial Board of Health advised against the site so another site, bounded by Kelvin Street (now Henderson Highway), Gurney Avenue (now Riverton Avenue) and Talbot Avenue, was selected.

The school district operated a second school site, that of Beaver School / Elmwood School. As of 1906, both schools had a cumulative capacity for 430 students. The district was absorbed by the Winnipeg School Division when Elmwood voters elected to join the City of Winnipeg in 1906, then becoming Ward 7 of the Winnipeg School Division. With the conclusion of the 1908-1909 school year, this school was closed and students transferred to Elmwood School. The school building was the site of Sunday services of the Elmwood Mission between 1903 and 1907. The structure was used for a time as a residence but sat vacant by 1917. It was demolished sometime between 1917 and construction of the Anna Gibson School in 1919.





Lemuel Alexander Ferguson (1865-1915)


Jessie Ellis


School Year



Jessie Ellis, Miss McBeth, ?


Jessie Ellis, ?


Jessie Ellis, Miss E. Corbett, Miss M. Oliver, Edith Day, Miss M. James, Miss M. Christie, Grace Hamilton


Edna Campbell, ?


Miss E. E. Kelty, Miss A. R. Cuthbert, Edna Campbell


Miss A. R. Cuthbert, Miss N. C. Kelty, Miss F. E. Kelty

Other teachers of Martin School included Agnes Antoinette Reekle Richardson (c1896-1902).

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Site of Martin School

Site of Martin School (September 1917)
Source: Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, Series 2, Winnipeg - Volume 3, Sheet 361, Archives of Manitoba.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90964, W97.11775
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Martin School No. 1641 (RM of Grahamdale)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anna Gibson School (77 Kelvin Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elmwood School / River Elm School (500 Riverton Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Martin (1852-1923)


“Kildonan Municipality [Martin School],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 14 August 1896, page 3.

“The Martin School site,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 19 August 1896, page 4.

“Municipality of Kildonan [Martin School], Manitoba Morning Free Press, 12 November 1896, page 5.

“City and General [”Joe Martin” school house],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 February 1897, page 6.

“To contractors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 April 1901, page 6.

“Public notice,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 July 1901, page 2.

“A teacher promoted,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 June 1902, page 6.

“Richardson-Reekle,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 July 1902, page 6.

“Suburban school league,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 April 1904, page 8.

“The pulpit and pew,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 July 1904, page 26.

“Wanted - a male principal for Beaver School,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 April 1905, page 20.

“Will take over Martin School,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 May 1906, page 5.

“Want compulsory education,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 October 1906, page 9.

“Compulsory education,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 October 1906, page 9.

“Martin School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 August 1907, page 3.

“Changes in city schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1907.

“Gifts to school teacher,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 March 1908, page 9.

“Re-opening of schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1908, page 1.

McPhillips Map of Winnipeg, 1910. ”Ward 7,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 December 1913, page 4.

“Winnipeg Schools - No. 15 - Elmwood,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 November 1922, page 23.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 36—Anna Gibson,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 November 1922, page 7.

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.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 November 2019

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