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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mulvey School (750 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Mulvey School No. 1, a two-storey, two-room brick veneer structure at Maryland and Broadway, was named in commemoration of politician Stewart Mulvey. The school, designed by Winnipeg architect C. A. Barber, opened in October 1884 with 47 students. With no central furnace, classrooms were each heated by a box stove around which students would cluster during cold, winter days. The building was used until 1893 when a three-storey, ten-classroom replacement was constructed at the same site, on a design by local architect George Browne. The third floor of Mulvey School No. 2 was used by the provincial government as a museum, where its exhibit from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was displayed. For two years, classes of the Central Normal School were also held in the building.

On 9 April 1895, a fire started in the museum and spread to the entire building, destroying it. The cause of the fire was never determined. While a replacement building was erected, students attended classes in Mulvey School No. 1, which remained at the site, or in Carlton School. Mulvey School No. 3, completed in late 1895 and largely resembling its predecessor, had 12 classrooms and an assembly hall. In 1907, Mulvey School No. 1, which had been used to that time as a manual training centre, was demolished. By 1908, overcrowding of Mulvey School No. 3 necessitated the addition of nine more classrooms and, in 1922, the assembly hall was divided into two classrooms, allowing the building to accommodate up to 900 students overseen by a staff of 21 teachers.

The present Mulvey School—the fourth structure to bear that name—is situated at the corner of Maryland Street and Wolseley Avenue. Built in 1925, and known originally as Gordon Bell Junior High School, it became a Senior High School in 1932. When a new building for senior students was erected in 1956, adjacent to Mulvey School No. 3, the Gordon Bell name was given to the new school, Mulvey School No. 3 was demolished, and this building became Mulvey School.

Among the noteworthy students who attended Mulvey School were C. Rhodes Smith, D. G. Potter, C. G. McKeag, Carlyle Allison, O. C. Kellough, C. S. Riley, H. J. Riley, Norman Andrews, and J. D. MacVicar.

Principals

Period

Principal

1884-?

Sidney E. Erskine (?-?)

?-1899

?

1899-1901

Tilla E. Zinkan (1870-1944)

1901-1907

Duncan P. Clark (1862-?)

1907-1926

John Wentworth “Buckshot” Beckett (1870-1953)

1926-1938

John W. Forhan (1869-1949)

1938-1946

E. Floyd Willoughby (c1889-1956)

1946-1958

Ingolfur Gilbert Arnason (1901-1990)

1958-1960

Agnes MacDonald (1908-1999)

1960-1966

James Warren Chafe (1900-1984)

1966-1969

Harold M. Lord

1969-1971

Margaret Katherine McKinnon (1909-1996)

1971-1973

Irvin Sera (1927-2015)

1973-1986

Alexander W. Shalay

1986-1991

Laurie M. Leveille

1991-1996

Dale E. Scott

1996-1999

Lori M. Wilcosh

1999-2006

Aida M. Rodrigues

2006-?

Peter Correia

Teachers (partial list)

School Year

Teachers

1899-1900

Miss McCracken, Olive E. Gray, Miss Russell, Miss L. McDonald, Miss Hill, Miss Harris, Miss M. E. Young

1900-1901

Miss E. McCracken, Olive E. Gray, Miss M. McVicar, Miss L. McDonald, Miss L. Cull, Miss A. Harris

1901-1902

Miss E. McCracken, Olive E. Gray, Miss M. McVicar, Miss L. Cull, Miss L. E. Hill, Miss E. Carley, Annie Harris

1902-1903

Miss F. McCracken, Miss S. E. Doupe, Miss M. McVicar, Miss Laura Cull, Miss E. Carley, Miss L. P. Hill, Miss M. B. Harris

1903-1904

Miss E. McCracken, Miss Beall, Miss Good, Miss Bastedo, Miss Cull, Miss Carley, Miss Hill, Miss Harris

1904-1905

Miss Kay, Miss Hill, Miss Anderson, Miss Carley, Miss A. Bowen, Miss Lightcap, Miss Good, Miss Beall, Miss H. Palk

1905-1906

Miss A. Milne, Miss H. Palk, Miss M. Dowler, Miss S. Good, Miss B. L. Lightcap, Miss E. MacVicar, Miss F. M. Matthew, Miss L. E. Hill, Miss M. Kay, Miss A. Davis

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Miss A. Milne, Miss S. Good, Miss M. Dowler, Miss E. A. Lawrence, Miss B. Lightcup, Miss F. Matthew, Miss E. McVicar, Miss B. Melkie, Miss E. Hill, Miss M. Kay

1908-1909

Miss M. Kay, Miss L. E. Hill, Miss E. McVicar, Miss B. Meikie, Miss J. Rutherford, Miss B. Lightcap, Miss S. Good, Miss E. A. Lawrence, Miss M. Dowler, Miss Annie Milne

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Miss A. Milne, Miss M. E. Moir, Miss M. Dowler, Miss S. Good, Miss E. A. Lawrence, Miss B. L. Lightcap, Miss B. Meikle, Miss G. Nelson, Miss J. M. Lister, Miss C. Bemister, Miss F. Axford, Miss H. Kay, Miss L. Staples, Miss A. M. Jordan, Miss M. Kay, Miss M. Alexander

1911-1912

Miss M. Moir, Miss M. Dowler, Miss M. Manson, Miss E. A. Lawrence, Miss B. Lightcap, Miss B. Meikle, Miss A. Thompson, Miss M. Alexander, Miss L. Malcolm, Miss J. Lister, Miss C. Bemister, Miss E. Palk, Miss D. Wilde, Miss F. Axford, Miss H. Kay, Miss L. Brandon, Miss E. E. Brown, Mrs. Cross, Miss A. Jordan, Miss M. Kay

1912-1913

Miss McNabb, Miss Dowler, Miss Lawrence, Miss F. E. Harper, Miss Lightcap, Miss Meikle, Miss Thompson, Miss Alexander, Miss Bemister, Miss Malcolm, Miss Wilde, Miss M. I. Duncan, Miss E. Hickie, Miss Palk, Miss H. Kay, Miss Lister, Mrs. Cross, Miss Brandon, Miss Jordan, Miss M. Kay, Miss McNeil

1913-1914

Miss M. Kay, Miss A. M. Jordan, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss L. Brandon, Mrs. C. Cross, Miss H. Kay, Miss J. Lister, Miss Edith Brown, Miss M. Duncan, Miss D. Wilde, Miss E. Hickie, Miss L. Malcolm, Miss C. Bemister, Miss M. Alexander, Miss A. Thompson, Miss B. Meikle, Miss B. Lightcap, Miss E. Thompson, Miss M. Dowler, Miss K. McNabb

1914-1915

Miss K. McNabb, Miss L. Staples, Miss E. Thompson, Mrs. G. E. Palmer, Miss B. Meikle, Miss A. Thompson, Miss M. Alexander, Miss C. Bemister, Miss L. Malcolm, Miss E. Hickie, Miss D. Wilde, Miss M. Duncan, Miss J. Lister, Miss L. Brandon, Mrs. C. Cross, Miss H. Kay, Miss N. Halpenny, Miss A. Jordan, Miss M. Kay

1915-1916

K. McNabb, L. Staples, E. Thompson, G. E. Palmer, B. Meikle, A. Thompson, M. Alexander, M. Bemister, E. Hickie, D. Wilde, A. Cuthbert, M. Stinson, J. Lister, L. Gilroy, H. Kay, C. B. Cross, N. Halpenny, A. M. Jordan, M. Kay

1916-1917

N. K. McNabb, G. Hamilton, S. Baird, M. Harper, B. Meikle, A. Thompson, E. B. Craig, C. Bemister, E. M. Hidrie, J. McCullough, A. Cuthbert, H. Stinson, J. M. Lister, L. Gilroy, H. Kay, C. B. Cross, N. Halpenny, A. H. Jordan, M. Kay

1917-1918

K. McNabb, G. M. Hamilton, S. Baird, G. Palmer, B. Meikle, A. Thompson, C. Bemister, E. B. Craig, L. Gilroy, J. Kirk, J.M. Lister, R. Halliday, M. J. Stinson, C. Gunn, H. Kay, C. B. Cross, N. Halpenny, M. Kay, A. M. Jordan, M. McKerchar

1918-1919

T. K. McNabb, G. M. Hamilton, S. T. Baird, E. G. Palmer, B. Meikle, A. Thompson, C. Bemister, L. E. Main, W. A. Wilson, J. N. Lister, A. Vopni, R. Halliday, M. Stinson, H. Wilson, H. Kay, C. B. Cross, N. Halpenny, A. M. Jordan, M. Kay, M. McKerchar

1919-1920

S. T. Baird, L. Cook, C. B. Cross, I. Davidson, G. M. Hamilton, R. Halliday, N. Halpenny, A. M. Jordan, M. Kay, H. Kay, M. Meikle, L. E. Main, T. K. McNabb, M. McKerchar, G. Palmer, C. Pickering, M. J. Stinson, E. Speer, T. Thompson, H. S. Wilson

Among the other teachers of Mulvey School were Grace Palmer (1914-1916, 1917-1926, 1932-1933), Jessie Isabella Ptolemy (?-1892), William Neil Gilchrist, Margaret Euphemia Monteith (1920-1922), and Marguerite Willard Robertson (1933-1938).

Photos & Maps

Mulvey School

The original Mulvey School (no date)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1922, page 11.

Mulvey School

Architectural drawing of Mulvey School No. 2 (1896)
Source: Winnipeg School Board, Annual Report 1896, Legislative Library of Manitoba.

Mulvey School

Mulvey School No. 2 (1939)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg - Schools - Mulvey #3.

Mulvey School

Mulvey School No. 3 (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88030, W97.16215
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gordon Bell School (Broadway, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Opening of city schools,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 2 September 1899, page 4.

“Assignment of teachers,” Winnipeg Daily Tribune, 1 September 1900, page 1.

“Holidays end Tuesday next,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1901, page 10.

“The staff of city teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 1 September 1902, page 3.

“City schools re-open Monday,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1903.

“Inspection of cadets,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1903, page 3.

“City schools open to-morrow,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 31 August 1904, page 3.

“Assignment of Winnipeg teachers,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 September 1905.

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

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

“Teachers named for all schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1910, page 3.

“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.

“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.

“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.

“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.

“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.

“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.

“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.

“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.

“Teachers are selected for various grades,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1919, page 3.

“Winnipeg schools, No. 5—Mulvey,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 October 1922, page 11.

“Short-lived rejoicing follows fire in second school” by Claire Tisdale, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 January 1949.

Quiet Dignity: Aspects of Building Schools in the Winnipeg School Division No. 1, 1871-1928 by Giles Bugailiskis, MA thesis, Department of History, University of Manitoba, 1990.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division and Peter Correia for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 October 2016

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