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Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Ward School / Park School (Lorne Avenue, Brandon)

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Built in 1904 by the Brandon Construction Company, under supervision of Thomas M. Harrington, on the south side of Lorne Avenue between 14th and 15th streets in Brandon, Park School was opened to the public at a ceremony on Arbor Day, 4 May 1905. It replaced the former West Ward School at this site. Designed by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott, the school’s interior was decorated with walls of mahogany and western pine with floors of British Columbia fir. The two-storey brick and stone building had ten classrooms, principal’s office, reception room, a teachers’ room, and an assembly hall on the second floor. The cost was around $38,000.

In the early 1970s, the Brandon School Division declared the building redundant and, in November 1975, its remaining students transferred to the newly constructed Betty Gibson School, built on the site of the demolished Alexandra School. The Park School building was sold to Brandon University for $1, for use as office space and a day-care centre. However, in late 1977, when costs of renovations were found to be excessive, the university returned ownership to the Division. No other offers to purchase the old school building were received and it was demolished in September 1978.

Principals

Period

Principal

1905-1906

Laura Marie Antoinette Mott (1868-1949)

1907-1909

Lee John Cranston (1880-1924)

1909-1922

Shirley Annie Redmond (1876-?)

1922-1923

Donald Shippey Lent (1895-?)

1923-1925

Hugh S. Brown (?-?)

1925-1926

Arthur Victor Pigott (1900-1987)

1926-1927

Albert Wallace Craigie (1891-1964)

1927-1929

John Hammond Irwin (1886-1952)

1929-1931

Perry Bell (1897-1956)

1931-1941

Vernon Albert Shewfelt (1903-1982)

1941-1942

Henry Frederick Hyson (1904-1979)

1942-1944

Roy Bernard Lobb (1903-1981)

1944-1946

William John Peden (1903-1991)

1946-1954

James Irving Bateman (1911-2000)

1954-1964

Donald Sutherland Sumner (1928-2014)

1964-1965

Edward Tierney Cantwell (1917-1985)

1965-1968

Robert T. Blair

1968-1974

?

1974-1975

Mr. Hamburg

Vice-Principals

Period

Principal

1922-1923

Lois M. Smith

1923-1961

?

1961-1964

Edward Tierney “Ted” Cantwell (1916-1985)

1964-1965

J. D. SImpson

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

G. T. Gibbons

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1901-1902

Miss McLeod (grade 1), Miss Maud Pilling (grade 2), ?

1902-1903

Miss Hilton (grade 2), Miss McLeod (grade 1), ?

1903-1904

?

1904-1905

?

1905-1906

Miss Ferguson (grade 2), Miss Grant (grade 1), Miss McGee (grade 6), Mr. McLaren (grade 4), Miss McLeod (grade 1), Miss McMillan (grade 4), Laura Marie Antoinette Mott (grade 8), Miss M. Mott (grade 5), Miss Percival (grade 3), Miss Maud Pilling (grade 2), Shirley Annie Redmond (grade 7), Miss Sing (grade 3)

1906-1907

?

1907-1908

Miss C. Alexander (grade 3 Sr), L. J. Cranton (grade 8), Miss M. Grant (grade 2 Sr), Miss Mary E. Magee (grade 6), Miss K. McMillan (grade 4), Laura Marie Antoinette Mott (grade 5), Ethel Alida Paisley (grade 3 Jr), Miss Cecie Pelton (grade 1 Jr), Miss Maud Pilling (grade 2), Shirley Annie Redmond (grade 7), Miss Grace Todd (grade 3 Sr)

1908-1909

Miss A. M. Courtney (grade 5), L. J. Cranton (grade 8), Miss Mary E. Magee (grade 6), Miss McMillan (grade 4), Laura Marie Antoinette Mott (grade 7), Ethel Alida Paisley (grade 3), Miss Cecie Pelton (grade 1), Miss Maud Pilling (grade 2), Miss Annie Ramshaw (grade 1), Shirley Annie Redmond (grade 7), Miss Todd (grade 2)

1909-1910

Miss A. M. Courtney (grade 5), Miss Jennie Fawcett (grade 4), Miss Mary E. Magee (grade 6), Ethel Alida Paisley (grade 3), Miss Cecie Pelton (grade 1), Miss Maud Pilling (grade 2), Miss Annie Ramshaw (grade 1), Shirley Annie Redmond (grade 8), Miss O. L. A. Wright (grade 7)

1910-1911

Miss Jennie Fawcett, Miss Mary E. Magee, Miss T. Kyle, Caroline Parkinson, Ethel Alida Paisley, Miss Maud Pilling, Miss Bertha M. Strome

1911-1912

Miss Jennie Fawcett, Miss E. J. Kelso, Miss I. Kyle, Miss Mary E. Magee, Ethel Alida Paisley, Miss R. Parker, Miss Maud Pilling, Miss R. Rogers, Miss Bertha M. Strome

1912-1913

Miss Cuthbertson (grade 5), Ethel Alida Paisley, Miss Parker (grade 7), ?

1913-1914

?

1914-1915

?

1915-1916

?

1916-1917

Miss Knowlton, Helen Sarah Leitch, ?

1917-1918

Miss A. E. Clarke, Helen Sarah Leitch, ?

1918-1919

Miss Clark, Miss Cuthbertson, Miss J. Fawcett, Miss Ferrier, Miss Flemming, Miss Kyle, Helen Sarah Leitch, Miss Magee, Miss M. Pilling, Shirley Annie Redmond, Miss Stocker

1919-1920

Miss A. Clark (grade 1), Miss Cuthbertson (grade ?), Miss Stocker (grade 5), ?

1920-1921

Miss Clendenning (grade 5), Miss A. Galbraith (grade 1), Miss Tena Ross (grade ?, 1920), Miss Cuthbertson (grade ?, 1921), ?

1921-1922

Miss E. Caffrey (grades 3-4), Miss V. G. Cramm (grades 1-2)

1922-1923

Mary Louise Clark, Miss H. Critchley, Mrs. A. V. Hunter, Donald S. Lent, Jean McCaw, Arthur Pachal, Margaret E. Pierce, Hilda Pottinger, Lois M. Smith, Ethel E. Williams

1923-1924

?

1924-1925

?

1925-1926

Clarence Brunton, Evelyn Dorrett, Ethel Gardiner, Phyllis A. Gervin, Mrs. Levins, Jean McCaw, Ooney Olive MacDonald, Arthur Victor Pigott, Hilda Pottinger, Laura Powers, Teena Ross, Gertrude Whitney, Anna E. Wood

1926-1927

A. W. Craigie, E. M. Dorrett, P. A. Gervin, F. M. Levins, F. Nicholson, Ooney Olive MacDonald, Hilda Pottinger, Laura Power, Tena Ross, Norma Wemyss, E. A. Wood

1927-1928

Mrs. Cannon, Miss S. E. Cook, Miss E. M. Dorrett, Miss Beatrice Hall, John Hammond Irwin, Miss B. McLean, Neil Alexander McLennan, Miss Lizzie Nicol, Miss Laura A. Power, Miss Tena M. Ross, Miss E. Anna Wood

1928-1929

Miss Edna Bowman, Miss Annie Cullen, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss H. Ferguson, Miss Beth Nichol, Miss Tena M. Ross, Miss E. Anna Wood

1929-1930

?

1930-1931

Edna Bowman, Annie Cullen, Helen Ferguson, Anne Harrison, Beth Nicol, Tena M. Ross, E. Anna Wood

1931-1932

Edna E. Bowman, Annie E. Cullen, Helen M. Ferguson, Annie Harrison, Elizabeth L. Nicol, Tena M. Ross, E. Anna Wood

1932-1933

Edna E. Bowman, Annie E. Cullen, Helen Ferguson, Laura M. Fisher, Beth Nicol, Tena M. Ross, E. Anna Wood

1933-1934

?

1934-1935

Emerson Christilaw, Miss Anne Cullen, Miss Evelyn M. Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Dorothy E. Horton, Miss M. F. Keay (exchange teacher), Miss Tena M. Ross

1935-1936

Emerson Christilaw, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Doris Margeson (exchange teacher), Miss Tena M. Ross, Miss E. Anna Wood

1936-1937

Frances Cater, Evelyn M. Dorrett, Helen Ferguson, Hazel J. Fraser, Tena M. Ross, Alma M. Skeoch

1937-1938

Miss Ella Burkholder, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Tena M. Ross, Miss Alma Skeoch

1938-1939

Miss Ella Burkholder, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Tena Ross, Miss Alma Skeoch

1939-1940

Miss Helen Bjarnason, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Tena Ross, Miss Alma Skeoch

1940-1941

Miss Helen Bjarnason, Miss Bernice Dawson, Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Tena Ross

1941-1942

Bernice Dawson, Evelyn Dorrett, Helen Ferguson, Hazel Fraser, Rena Ross

1942-1943

Miss Evelyn Dorrett, Mrs. A. M. Eley, Miss Helen Ferguson, Miss Hazel Fraser, Miss Tena M. Ross, Miss Janet O. Wilson

1943-1944

Evelyn Dorrett, A. M. Eley, Helen Ferguson, Hazel J. Fraser, Tena Ross, Janet O. Wilson

1944-1945

?

1945-1946

?

1946-1947

?

1947-1948

?

1948-1949

?

1949-1950

?

1950-1951

?

1951-1952

?

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

?

1954-1955

?

1955-1956

?

1956-1957

Mrs. G. Taylor (grade 1), ?

1957-1958

Mrs. G. Taylor (grade 1), ?

1958-1959

Miss P. Allen (grade 2), Mrs. M. Anderson (grade 3), Miss H. Bjarnason (grade 5), Mrs. S. Burns (grade 2), Mrs. J. Cooper (grade 1), Miss H. Fraser (grade 4), G. Gibbons (grade 6), Miss I. Johnston (grade 4), Miss V. Lundy (grade 6), Miss L. Popkin (grade 3), Donald Sutherland Sumner (grade 6), Mrs. G. Taylor (grade 1), Miss A. Walker (grade 5)

1959-1960

Miss G. Arbuthnott, Mrs. P. Bass, Mrs. J. Cooper, Miss C. Eaton, Miss I. Johnston, N. Kalinski, Miss V. Lundy, Mrs. M. Nielson, Miss D. Pearce, Miss L. Popkin, Donald Sutherland Sumner, Miss A. Walker, Mrs. J. Wyton

1960-1961

Miss G. Arbuthnott (grade 3), Mrs. P. Cairns (grade 5), Mrs. R. Chambers (grade 2), Miss I. Johnston (grade 4), N. Kalinski (grade 7), Miss V. Lundy (grade 6), Miss C. McRoberts (grade 2), Miss L. Moore (grade 5), Mrs. M. Nielson (grade 1), Mrs. Ernest E. Page (page 1), Miss L. Popkin (grade 3), Donald Sutherland Sumner (grade 7), Mrs. J. Wyton (grade 4)

1961-1962

Mrs. D. Bateman (grade 4), Mrs. P. Cairns (grade 5), Mrs. R. Carduner (special class), Mrs. M. Elvers (grade 1), Mrs. G. Hulme (grade 3), Miss I. Johnston (grade 4), Miss E. Kempthorne (grade 2), Miss V. Lundy (grade 6), David John McDowell (grade 5), Miss C. McRoberts (grade 2), Miss L. Popkin (grade 3), Donald Sutherland Sumner (grade 6), Mrs. G. Taylor (grade 1)

1962-1963

Mrs. D. Bateman (grade 4), Mrs. W. Curtis (special classes), Mrs. M. Elvers (grade 1), Mrs. E. Hobson (grade 2), Miss I. Johnstone (grade 4), Miss V. Lundy (grade 6), David John McDowell (grade 5), Miss C. McRoberts (grade 2), Miss L. Popkin (grade 3), Donald Sutherland Sumner (grade 6), Miss E. Walker (grade 5)

1963-1964

Mrs. W. Curtis, Miss J. M. Dietrich, Mrs. M. Elvers, Miss L. M. Foster, Mrs. E. M. Hobson, Miss V. Lundy, Mrs. A. E. Muller, A. F. Oscar, Miss L. Popkin, Mrs. E. M. Robinson, Mrs. P. R. Stone

1964-1965

Miss J. R. Ames, Mrs. W. M. Curtis, Miss L. J. Donald, Miss S. L. Hatch (kindergarten), Miss V. Lundy, Mrs. E. M. Mitchell, Miss L. Popkin, Mrs. P. J. Putnam, Mrs. E. M. Robinson

1965-1966

Miss J. R. Ames, Miss E. G. Blain, Miss M. D. Bonner, Mrs. W. M. Curtiss, G. T. Gibbons, Miss V. Lundy, Miss L. Popkin, Mrs. M. I. Parkhurst (kindergarten), W. G. Smallwood

1966-1967

Miss E. G. Blain (grade 1), Robert T. Blair (grade 6), Mrs. M. D. Bonnor (grade 2), Ronald J. Dietrich (grade 6), Miss M. D. Frazer (grade 3), Mrs. M. I. Kennedy (special classes), Mrs. L. J. Keown (grade 5), Mrs. A. J. McKinney (special classes), Miss L. Popkin (grade 4), Mrs. F. B. Snider (kindergarten)

1967-1968

Miss E. G. Blain (grade 1), Robert T. Blair (grade 6), Ronald J. Deitrich (grade 6), G. Gibbons, Mrs. M. I. Kennedy (special), Mrs. L. J. Keown (grade 5), Mrs. A. J. McKinney (special), Mrs. D. Old (grade 3), Miss L. Popkin (grade 4), Miss E. Riddle (grade 2), Mrs. F. B. Snider (kindergarten)

1968-1969

?

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

Mrs. Lane (grade 1), ?

1971-1972

Mrs. Wosney (grade 2), ?

1972-1973

Mrs. Thornton (grade 3), ?

1973-1974

?

1974-1975

Mr. Hamburg (grade 5), ?

1975-1976

Mr. Thompson (grade 6), ?

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of Park School, seen from a public park north of it

Postcard view of Park School, seen from a public park north of it (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0054.

Postcard view of Park School

Postcard view of Park School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0056.

Park School

Park School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 135.

Park School

Park School (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Brandon - Park 3.

Park School

Park School (1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Brandon - Park 4.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.84500, W99.95736
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: East Ward School (200 Fourth Street, Brandon)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Park School No. 1491 (RM of Armstrong)

Sources:

“1,000 children now on the rolls,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 September 1901, page 1.

“School notes,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1902, page 1.

“New school to be built,” Brandon Daily Sun, 14 October 1903, page 1.

“West Ward School contract is let,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 April 1904, page 1.

“West Ward School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 April 1904, page 1.

“School Board,” Brandon Daily Sun, 9 November 1904, page 2.

“Tenders [West Ward School assembly hall],” Brandon Daily Sun, 4 February 1905, page 4.

“School Board,” Brandon Daily Sun, 8 February 1905, page 8.

“West Ward School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 10 February 1905, page 1.

“West Ward School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 21 February 1905, page 4.

“Opening of the Park School,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 May 1905, page 1.

“The Park School opened Friday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 May 1905, page 1.

“Teaching staff of schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 7 September 1905, page 6.

“New teachers appointed,” Brandon Daily Sun, 6 September 1906, page 1.

“Schools will open Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1907, page 1.

“Teachers for city schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1908, page 1.

“Public schools were re-opened this morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1909, page 1.

“Many changes on the teaching staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 August 1910, page 1.

“The city schools will re-open Friday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1911, page 1.

“Public schools opened today,” Brandon Daily Sun, 3 September 1912, page 1.

“Public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1918, page 6.

“Have full staff of teachers for public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1923, page 1.

“Schools open in Brandon, attendance high,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 2 September 1925, page 11.

“Beginners will be taken into public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1925, page 1.

“Teaching staff complete for school opening,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1926, page 6.

“Public schools and collegiate open tomorrow,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1927, page 1.

“Around town,” Brandon Sun, 1 September 1927, page 9.

“Temporary accommodation for higher grades,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1928, page 6.

“List of teachers public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 1 September 1930.

“All schools to open Monday for fall term here,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1931.

“One addition only to city schools staff,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1932.

“Some changes on teaching staff of public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1934.

“Schools to open Tuesday for fall term in city,” Brandon Daily Sun, 31 August 1935.

“Few changes in teaching staff as all schools in city open Monday morning,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 August 1936.

“Five new teachers on staff of Brandon schools for fall term commencing next week,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1937.

“Teaching staff public school,” Brandon Daily Sun, 30 August 1938.

“Schools staff public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 2 September 1939.

“Seven changes on teaching staff of the public schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 September 1940.

“Important changes made in teaching staff for opening schools here Tuesday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 27 August 1941.

“Elementary and junior high schools open tomorrow for fall term after long holidays,” Brandon Daily Sun, 26 August 1942.

“Eleven new teachers on staff as schools prepare to open for fall term commencing Monday,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1943.

“Back to school Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1958, page 3.

“Brandon school teachers for 1959-60,” Brandon Sun, 29 August 1959, page 2.

“6,000 Brandon students go back to work on Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 3 September 1960, page 12.

“Teachers listed for opening of schools on Tuesday,” Brandon Sun, 2 September 1961, page 12.

“Teachers are assigned to schools,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1962, page 10.

“33 newcomers on elementary schools staff,” Brandon Sun, 21 August 1963, page 15.

“39 newcomers on elementary staff,” Brandon Sun, 19 August 1964, page 13.

“191 teachers placed here,” Brandon Sun, 20 August 1965, page 8.

“Over 200 elementary teachers,”Brandon Sun, 23 August 1966, page 16.

Brandon Elementary Schools, 1867-1979, Canada-Confederation, Brandon School Division, 1967.

“School population explosion kept early school board busy,” Brandon Daily Sun, 28 August 1970, page 8.

“Wreckers demolish Park School,” Brandon Sun, 1 September 1978, page 1.

“Thirty years ago,” Brandon Sun, 13 November 2005, page 6.

“Park School,” Item No. 1-2002.3.1DA16(1), Stuckey Collection, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Tom Mitchell, Greg Sigurdson, Catherine Harley, Geraldine Sookorukoff, James Rodgers, and Ann Morag Haysom for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 November 2021

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