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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oak River School No. 253 (Oak River, RM of Oakview)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

In 1891, the Oak River School building was moved into Oak River from its former site at SW4-14-22W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Oakview. Between 1906 and 1907, that modest building was replaced by a two-storey brick veneer structure designed by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott and built at a cost of about $12,000. The four-classroom building opened in the spring of 1907 but was destroyed by fire on 21 October 1908. A replacement school was constructed during the summer of 1909 and opened later that year.

In May 1917, Oak River School was consolidated with three rural schools, Bankburn School No. 1098, Maplewood School No. 662, and Wheatland School No. 304, to form the Oak River Consolidated School District No. 253.

The third Oak River School was built in 1929. It had four classrooms, with two more added in 1945. It closed in 1977 when the remaining students moved to the Junior High School building.

Principals

Period

Principal

1907-1909

James Henry Kiteley (1871-1955)

1909-1910

Annie Slattery

1910-1913

?

1913-1914

Maggie R. Stewart

1914-1916

D. W. Hoare

1916-1917

John Urquhart

1917-1921

Johann Gestur Johannsson (1886-1978)

1921-1923

Lewis Emmett Lynd (1876-1961)

1923-1925

John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)

1925-1929

Wilbur Walter Crosby (1893-1941)

1930-1932

Eleanor Collison

1932-1937

Ernest Sidney Heys (1903-1979)

1937-1940

William Lyle [Decker] Dyker (1915-1994)

1940-1941

Charles William Havelock (1906-2000)

1941-1942

Arthur Milford Preston (1908-1981)

1942-1944

Frank Edward White (1915-1994)

1944-1945

Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)

1945-1958

Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (1910-1990)

1958-1959

Rene Allen Ollivier (?-1982)

1959-1960

Dennis Babcock

1960-1961

Rene A. Ollivier (?-1982)

1961-1962

Joseph Edwin Murphy (1897-1973)

1962-1967

Glen J. Hammond

1967-1968

Oliver Glen Olmstead (?-1997)

1968-1973

J. Forsyth

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1917-1918

Lily M. Decker

1918-1919

Nina R. Begg (1919), Anna Stuart (1918)

1919-1920

Nina R. Begg

1920-1921

Islay A. McIntyre (grades 3-5), Laura M. Speers (grades 1-2)

1921-1922

Cecile H. Mitchell (grades 1-3), Laura M. Speers (grades 4-5)

1922-1923

Laura M. Speers (grades 4-5)

1923-1924

Helen E. Hepworth (grades 4-5, 1923; grades 5-6, 1924), Stella G. Laing (grades 1-2)

1924-1925

Ermina Shier (grades 4-6)

1925-1926

Ester Olive Birch (grade 9), Allan Shafer Bowman (grades 6-8), Mabel Margaret Buchannan (grades 2-3), Wilbur Walter Crosby (grades 10-11), Doris M. Fester (grade 1), Ermina Shier (grades 4-5)

1926-1927

Wilbur Walter Crosby (grades 10-11)

1927-1928

Helen Fredrica Bennest (grades 1-2), Wilbur Walter Crosby (grades 10-11)

1928-1929

Helen Fredrica Bennest (grades 1-3), Wilbur Walter Crosby (grades 10-11)

1929-1930

Eleanor Collison (grade 11), Mary Anne Isbister (grades 1-2), Bertha E. Nelson (grade 9, 1930), Gertrude Blanche Perrin (grade 9, 1929)

1930-1931

Ethel L. Burnside (grades 3-4), Eleanor Collison (grade 10-11)

1931-1932

Ethel L. Burnside (grades 3-4), Eleanor Collison (grades 10-11), Minnie Hutchinson (grades 5-6), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-2), Eldred George Miller (grades 7-9)

1932-1933

Ethel L. Burnside (grades 3-4), Ernest Sidney Heys (grades 9-11), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-2), Eldred George Miller (grades 7-8)

1933-1934

Ethel L. Burnside (grades 3-4), Ernest Sidney Heys (grades 9-11), Minnie Hutchinson (grades 5-6), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-2), Eldred George Miller (grades 7-8)

1934-1935

Ethel L. Burnside (grades 3-4), Ernest Sidney Heys (grades 9-11), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-2), Leslie Irving Spear (grades 7-8)

1935-1936

Ernest Sidney Heys (grades 9-11), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-2), Leslie Irving Spear (grades 7-8)

1936-1937

Ernest Sidney Heys (grades 12), Beatrice Roberta Hyndman (grades 1-3), Myrtle Jean Lelond (grades 7-8), Margaret Jean Reid (grade 11)

1937-1938

Grace Elizabeth Armstrong (grades 3-4), Margaret Jean Crindle (grades 1-3), William Lyle [Decker] Dyker (grades 11-12), Frank Edward White (grades 7-8)

1938-1939

Grace Elizabeth Armstrong (grades 9-10), Margaret Jean Crindle (grades 1-3), William Lyle [Decker] Dyker (grades 11-12), Frank Edward White (grades 7-8)

1939-1940

Grace Elizabeth Armstrong (grades 9-10), William Lyle [Decker] Dyker (grades 11-12), Willa Margaret Harvey (grades 1-3), Melvin George Pipe (grade 7-8)

1940-1941

Catherine Frieda Andrews (grades 7-8), Emma Clarke (grades 4-6), Charles William Havelock (grades 11-12), Harold Murray Lord (grades 9-10), Marion Agnes McCrindle (grades 1-3)

1941-1942

Shirley Lillian Johnson (grades 1-2), ? (grades 3-5), Harold Murray Lord (grades 9-10), Arthur Milford Preston (grades 11-12), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8)

1942-1943

Elva Matilda Ferguson (grades 9-10), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Frank Edward White (grades 11-12), Margaret Jane White (grades 1-2), Mary Eileen Williams (grades 3-5)

1943-1944

Winnifred Norah Hulbert (grades 1-2), ? (grades 3-5), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Dorothy Helen Primmer (grades 9-10), Frank Edward White (grades 11-12)

1944-1945

Winnifred Norah Hulbert (grades 1-2), Claude Amnesty Joyce (grades 11-12), Ellen Louise McFarland (grades 3-5), Dorothy Helen Primmer (grades 9-10), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8)

1945-1946

Leah Jacqueline Cory (grades 3-5), Winnifred Norah Hulbert (grades 1-2), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8)

1946-1947

Edythe Georgina Bray (grades 3-5), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Annie Edith Stocker (grades 1-2)

1947-1948

Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Annie Edith Stocker (grades 1-2), Phyllis Vera White (grades 3-5)

1948-1949

Ina Doreen Hazelwood (grades 1-3), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Phyllis Vera White (grades 4-5)

1949-1950

Ina Doreen Hazelwood (grades 1-2), Daisy Hazel McIntyre (grades 3-5), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8)

1950-1951

Ina Doreen Hazelwood (grades 1-2), Daisy Hazel McIntyre (grades 3-5), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8)

1951-1952

Joan Audrey Bowey (grades 1-2), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Alma Bethel Sedywick (grades 6-8), Audrey Kathleen Stevenson (grades 3-5)

1952-1953

Joan Audrey Bowey (grades 1-2), Mary Doreen Hayward (grades 6-8), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Audrey Kathleen Stevenson (grades 3-5)

1953-1954

Joan Audrey Bowey (grades 1-2), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 6-8), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 9-11), Audrey Kathleen Stevenson (grades 3-5)

1954-1955

Joan Audrey Bowey (grades 1-2), Audrey Kathleen Stevenson Coulson (grades 3-5), Barbara Criddle (grades 9-10), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 6-8), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 11-12)

1955-1956

Joyce Evelyn Alexander (grades 1-2), Barbara Criddle (grades 9-10), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 7-8), Audrey Kathleen Stevenson Coulson (grades 3-4), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 11-12), Glennis Wayne Scott (grades 5-6)

1956-1957

Joyce Evelyn Alexander (grades 1-2), Barbara Criddle (grades 9-10), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 7-8), Margaret Christina Kinnaird (grades 3-4), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 11-12), Glennis Wayne Scott (grades 5-6)

1957-1958

Joyce Evelyn Alexander (grades 1-2), Alma Elaine Carnochan (grades 9-10), Carman R. Gray (grades 5-6), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 7-8), Margaret Christina Kinnaird (grades 3-4), Donald Roderick “Don” McLennan (grades 11-12)

1958-1959

Joyce Evelyn Alexander (grades 1-2), Anne Haggerty (grades 5-6), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 7-8), Margaret Christina Kinnaird (grades 3-4), Rene Allen Ollivier (grades 11-12), Joyce Anges Wilkinson (grades 9-10)

1959-1960

Denis M. Babcock (grades 10-11, 1960), Anne Haggerty (grades 5-6), Gladys Dorothy Davies (grades 10-11, 1959), Ruth Isabel Hedley (grades 7-8), Margaret Christina Kinnaird (grades 3-4), Alfrild V. Niven (grade 9, 1959), Rene Allen Ollivier (grade 12), June L. Reid (grade 9, 1960), Arlene Wilson (grades 1-2)

Among the other teachers of Oak River School were H. E. Hicks (1890s) and A. J. Bell.

Photos & Coordinates

The two-storey, four-classroom Oak River School, constructed between 1906 and 1907 and destroyed by fire in October 1908

The two-storey, four-classroom Oak River School, constructed between 1906 and 1907 and destroyed by fire in October 1908 (1907)
Source: Education Department Report, 1907, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The second Oak River School built in 1909 to replace one that was burned the previous year

The second Oak River School built in 1909 to replace one that was burned the previous year (1909)
Source: Education Department Report, 1909, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The second Oak River School

The second Oak River School (1920s) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 6.

The third Oak River School, built in 1929

The third Oak River School, built in 1929 (circa 1979)
Source: Sharon Simms

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.13835, W100.43026
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oak River School No. 253 (RM of Oakview)

Sources:

“Tenders for heating,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 September 1906, page 2.

“Oak River School burned to ground,” Hamiota Echo, 22 October 1908, page 1.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 March 1909, page 2.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR2063), Oak River School No. 253 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports, Schedule: E 0757, Archives of Manitoba.

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

Rivers West topographic map, 62K/1 West, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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.

We thank Therese Shamray, Donald Simms, and Sharon Simms for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 July 2019

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