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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rivers School No. 1484 / Rivers Anniversary Monument (Rivers, Municipality of Riverdale)

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A monument in Rivers, in the Municipality of Riverdale, was erected in July 1988 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of its formal incorporation as a Village. Also at the site is the original bell from Rivers Consolidated School No. 1484, which stood nearby from 1910 to 1974, built on a design by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott. A monument that appears to have once had a large plaque imbedded in it now has a small plaque commemorating the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on 12 May 1937.





James McNeil (1866-1954)


John Simpson


P. A. Klassen


Angus McNevin (1862-1923)


D. McLeod


W. W. Ferrier


Thomas Orton Durnin (1889-1964)


John Osborn Wilson (1900-1972)


Lewis Emmett Lynd (1876-1961)


Benjamin Hodkinson (1864-1948)


Wilfred Inglis Stewart (1898-1964)


John Wesley Lorne Graham (1904-2000)

Principals (Rivers High School)




Robert Leslie McIntosh (1925-2011)


Arnold J. Nicholls


B. Ward


School Year



R. I. Cobbledick, E. M. Dunsmore, A. M. Harrison, J. Miners


E. L. Cathers, E. M. Dunsmore, A. M. Harrison, J. Miners


L. E. Hardy, H. R. Hayden, E. I. Weir, Mary Williams, Mildred Williams


M. Campbell, May Emrick, Helen R. Hayden, Ivy Miners, M. R. Williams, M. S. Williams


O. G. Delbridge, A. I. McFadden, I. M. Miners, J. M. Miners


L. Bastard, O. G. Delbridge, H. Jaffray, Ivy Miners, J. M. Miners, G. Thompson


L. Bastard, A. Jones, I. Miners, Jessie Miners, G. Thompson


L. A. Bastard, A. Jones, I. Miners, Jessie Miners, Irene Peden


A. I. McFadden, Ivy Miners, Irene Peden


A. I. McFadden, I. M. Miners, Jessie Miners, Irene Peden, Muriel O. Travers


A. I. McFadden, I. M. Miners, J. M. Miners, M. I. Mitchell


K. Adcock, Rose Hyndman, A. I. McFadden, I. Miners, M. Mitchell

Among the other teachers at Rivers School was Nicholas Melnychuk.

Photos & Maps

Rivers School

Postcard of Rivers Consolidated School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0110

Rivers School

Rivers School with $40,000 addition (circa 1920)
Source: Education Department Report, 1920, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Rivers School

Rivers School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 126.

Rivers School

Van used to transport students to the Rivers Consolidated School, with driver Bob Mills. Male students were unidentified but girls were (left to right): Violet Bowman, Fanny Varcoe, Belle Robins, Eva Robins, Peg Robins, and Mabel Bowman (circa 1912)
Source: Olive Bowman Lee (via James Frank)

Rivers School

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

Rivers Anniversary Monument

Rivers Anniversary Monument (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.03364, W100.23727
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pendennis School No. 920 (Municipality of Riverdale)


“School report,” Rivers Gazette, 6 March 1919, page 8.

“School report,” Rivers Gazette, 8 April 1920, page 5.

“School report for February,” Rivers Gazette, 3 March 1921, page 5.

“School report for November,” Rivers Gazette, 15 December 1921, page 5.

“School report for May,” Rivers Gazette, 8 June 1922, page 5.

“School report for March,” Rivers Gazette, 5 April 1923, page 1.

“School report for March,” Rivers Gazette, 3 April 1924, page 1.

“School report for May,” Rivers Gazette, 4 June 1925, page 4.

“School report for May,” Rivers Gazette, 3 June 1926, page 6.

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

“Old Rivers school to be demolished,” Rivers Gazette Reporter, 27 June 1974, page 1.

Geographical Names of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Conservation, c2000.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950

We thank James Frank for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2016

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