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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ridgewood School No. 274 / Ridgewood North School (RM of Ste. Anne)

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The Ridgewood School District was established in 1882 and a school building was erected, at a cost of $700, on the southwest quarter of 19-7-7 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne. It opened for classes in June 1883 with Miss Elizabeth Nesbitt as teacher.

In 1920, local ratepayers issued debentures to cover a loan of $5,000 for the construction of a new school building at a site a half mile east of the former one. In the fall of 1941, with enrollment growing, a second classroom was opened in its basement. Eight years later, with still greater numbers of students, the decision was made to build a second school, to be called Ridgewood South, at NE6-7-7E. The older school became known as Ridgewood North, and a second classroom in its basement was opened in 1955.

The Ridgewood South School was destroyed by fire on 30 January 1957 and classes were held in the Clearsprings United Church building until a replacement could be erected later that year. Two years later, the overcrowded Ridgewood North School was replaced by a new structure, erected by the Steinbach Lumber Yards at a cost of just under $18,000.

Administration of the two schools was taken over by the Hanover Unitary School Division in December 1967 and they were closed, with students from Ridgewood North bused to Blumenhof School and those from Ridgewood South going to Steinbach School. The Ridgewood South building was moved to Blumenhof to accommodate the additional students and its site was sold. The Ridgewood North building and site was sold to an Evangelical Mennonite Church.

Principals (Ridgewood School / Ridgewood North School)

Period

Principal

1941-1945

Edith May Kelly (1916-1998)

1945-1947

Mary W. Klassen

1947-1948

Anne Klassen

1948-1949

Elizabeth Giesbrecht

1949-1950

Clifford Milton Reimer

1950-1955

no Principal

1955-1959

Bernhard Alfred Klassen

1959-1961

Cornelius Goertzen

1961-1964

Melvin Penner

1964-1967

Benjamin “Ben” Hiebert

1967-1968

Helen Kornelson

Teachers (Ridgewood School / Ridgewood North School)

Period

Teachers

1941-1942

Lottie Giesbrecht (grades 1-4), Edith May Kelly (grades 5-9)

1942-1943

Edith May Kelly (grades 5-9), Annie Toews (grades 1-4)

1943-1944

Alice Bernice Keith (grades 1-4), Edith May Kelly (grades 5-9)

1944-1945

Edith May Kelly (grades 5-8), Mary W. Klassen (grades 1-4)

1945-1946

Mary W. Klassen (grades 5-9), Anne Stoesz (grades 1-4)

1946-1947

Mary W. Klassen (grades 5-9), Anne Stoesz (grades 1-4)

1947-1948

Annie Bergmann (grades 1-4), Elizabeth Giesbrecht (grades 5-8, 1948), Anne Klassen (grades 5-8)

1948-1949

Elizabeth Giesbrecht (grades 5-10), Anne Neufeld (grades 1-4)

1949-1950

Jacob Bergen (grades 1-4), Clifford Milton Reimer (grades 5-10)

1950-1951

Clifford Milton Reimer (grades 1-9)

1951-1952

Andrew Rieger Sobering (grades 1-9)

1952-1953

John William Gross (grades 1-8)

1953-1954

John William Gross (grades 1-8)

1954-1955

Bernhard Alfred Klassen (grades 1-9)

1955-1956

Bernhard Alfred Klassen (grades 5-9), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1956-1957

Bernhard Alfred Klassen (grades 5-9), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1957-1958

Bernhard Alfred Klassen (grades 5-9), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1958-1959

Bernhard Alfred Klassen (grades 5-9), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1959-1960

Cornelius Goertzen (grades 5-9), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1960-1961

Cornelius Goertzen (grades 5-8), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1961-1962

Melvin Penner (grades 5-8), Martha Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1962-1963

Melvin Penner (grades 5-8), Hulda Plett (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

Melvin Penner (grades 5-8), Hulda Plett (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Benjamin “Ben” Hiebert (grades 5-8), Hulda Plett (grades 1-4)

1965-1966

Benjamin “Ben” Hiebert (grades 5-8), Alice Ann Plett (grades 1-4)

1966-1967

Benjamin “Ben” Hiebert (grades 6-8), Linda Hildebrand (grades 1-3), (grades 4-5, see Ridgewood School South)

1967-1968

Helen Kornelson (grades 6-8), Hilda Anne Unger (grades 1-3), (grades 4-5, see Ridgewood School South)

Teachers (Ridgewood South School)

Period

Teachers

1956-1957

A. McNeill (grades 1-8, 1957)

1957-1958

Frank H. Toews (grades 1-8)

1958-1959

Frank H. Toews (grades 1-8)

1959-1960

Frank H. Toews (grades 1-8)

1960-1961

Lloyd Penner (grades 1-8)

1961-1962

Lloyd Penner (grades 1-8)

1962-1963

Frank Toews (grades 1-8)

1963-1964

Frank Toews (grades 1-8)

1964-1965

Janyce Marilyn Loewen (grades 1-8)

1965-1966

Charlotte Wiebe Quasso (grades 1-8, 1965), Lena St. Vincent (grades 1-8, 1966)

1966-1967

Elsie Hildebrand (grades 4-5)

1967-1968

Elvira Laise Dueck (grades 4-5)

Among the other teachers of Ridgewood School Elizabeth Nesbitt (1883-?), Ivorny M. Clyhorn (1893), S. Ga? (1893), Louis J. Loader (1894), W. H. Elliott (1895-1896), Annie W. McFarlane (1897-1899), Alonzo V. White (1900), Ernest T. Leech (1900), Olive E. Steel (1900), Linnie R. Kennedy (1901), Edith Shantz (1902), George A. McLelland (1903), Mildred A. Middleton (1904), Robert Adrian Borland (1905-1906), Mildred Bain (1907), Florence Campbell (1908), Christine Forrester (1909), Gladys Smith (1910), Albert H. McCorman [McGorman?] (1911), Jeanette Hamilton (1911), Velva V. Morrow (1912), Helen B. Corbett (1913), Dora Jonasson (1914), Eva G. Graham (1915), Christy Anne Keating (1915-1916, 1917), Rachel I. Hill (1916), Mary C. Unger (1918-1919), E. C. Keating (1919-1921), Nellie M. Glover (1921-1922), Winnifred C. Jeeves (1922), Anne E. Gilchrist (1923-1924), Anna G. Steel (1924-1925), Annabel T. Sloan (1925-1926), Lena F. Reimer (1926-1927), Alexander McNeill (1927-1930), Nellie Irene Keating (1930-1935), Anita Olympia Heim (1935-1936), Benjamin Unruh (1936-1939), and Edith May Kelly (1939-1941).

Photos & Coordinates

Students and teacher beside the old Ridgewood School

Students and teacher beside the old Ridgewood School (circa 1933)
Source: Education Department Report, 1933, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The new Ridgewood School building, erected at a cost of $6,000

The new Ridgewood School building, erected at a cost of $6,000 (circa 1920)
Source: Education Department Report, 1920, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The former Ridgewood School building

The former Ridgewood School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1215.

The former Ridgewood School building

The former Ridgewood School building (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.57451, W96.61632
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Schools - Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division, 1878-1968 by John K. Schellenberg, Steinbach: The Board of the Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Ridgewood School No. 274 Registers of Attendance, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Ridgewood School No. 274 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 June 2019

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