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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riverview School (253 Maplewood Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Until the Riverview School was built, students in this area of Winnipeg attended class in rented space in the Riverview Presbyterian Church. In 1908, the Winnipeg School Board purchased a plot of land bounded by Casey and Fisher streets, and Bartlett and Maplewood avenues, and contractor Sinclair Balsor Ritchie built a two-storey frame structure on it later that year, at the corner of Casey and Maplewood, on a design by architect J. B. Mitchell. It contained four classrooms and accommodated 196 students when it opened on 10 November 1908. Ten years later, a one-storey annex with eight-classrooms were added. By 1922, the school’s enrollment was risen to 495 students. The present two-storey brick structure was built in 1929 under the supervision of W. A. Martin and, for a time, the original two-storey frame structure remained in front of it.

Principals

Period

Principal

1908-1931

Annie Rebecca Gordon (1877-?)

1931-1936

Ewart Horace Morgan (1896-1983)

1936-1938

Henry Emerson Snyder (1891-1984)

1938-1941

Charles Arthur Edward Hensley (c1893-1984)

1941-1944

John Elwood Ridd (1896-1986)

1944-1945

Duncan Scott McIntyre (1899-1975)

1945-1952

Carson Ephram Abercrombie (1900-1963)

1952-1955

Ronald Thornton Frederick Thompson (1907-1984)

1955-1957

Robert McIlroy Cross (1903-1984)

1957-1964

Evelyn Dorothy Cox (1913-2010)

1964-1973

Grace Elizabeth Menzies (1907-2003)

1973-c1975

?

c1975-1981

Edward “Ed” Maza

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1908-1909

Miss J. L. Ireland, Miss J. M. Lister

1909-1910

?

1910-1911

Miss O. McKenzie, Miss F. Grant, Miss A. C. Cornell

1911-1912

Miss E. P. Ludlam, Miss Ethel Kate Reeves

1912-1913

Miss E. P. Ludham, Miss Ethel Kate Reeves

1913-1914

Miss J. Gray, Miss Annie Call, Miss M. J. Anderson

1914-1915

Miss M. J. Anderson, Miss Ida Whipple, Miss L. Crawford

1915-1916

I. Whipple, M. L. Jackson, C. Smith

1916-1917

C. Smith, I. Whipple, M. J. Jackson

1917-1918

C. Smith, M. Lawton, M. L. Jackson

1918-1919

C. Smith, M. J. Lawton, M. L. Jackson

1919-1920

E. Donner, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, K. S. Kinley, F. A. McNair, N. B. Scarth, C. Smith, R. M. Stevens, A. E. Weldon

1920-1921

?

1921-1922

E. Donner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, K. S. Kinley, G. M. Neithercut, M. Parker, R. M. Stephens, C. Smith

1922-1923

M. Alsaker, E. Donner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, K. S. Kinley, P. L. Middleton, G. M. Neithercut, G. Smith, R. M. Stephen

1923-1924

M. Alsaker, E. Boner, Mary French, L. Hart, J. L. Ireland, M. L. Jackson, P. L. Middleton, G. M. Neithercut, R. M. Stevens, Aleta Jean Whyte

1924-1925

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, I. Hart, M. L. Jackson, P. L. Middleton, G. Neithercut, R. M. Stevens, Aleta Jean Whyte

1925-1926

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, P. L. Middleton, R. M. Stevens, N. Scarth, Aleta Jean Whyte

1926-1927

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, N. B. Scarth, R. M. Stephens, Aleta Jean Whyte

1927-1928

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, N. B. Scarth, Aleta Jean Whyte, R. M. Stephens

1928-1929

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, M. S. Milton, Aleta Jean Whyte, F. McLeod, R. M. Stephens

1929-1930

M. Alsaker, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, R. M. Stephens, Aleta Jean Whyte

1930-1931

M. Alsaker, Florence Chislett, L. E. Corrie, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, E. Fisher, Mary French, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, A. M. Lee, E. C. McHardy, R. M. Stephens, E. Stricklund, Aleta Jean Whyte, E. Wyatt

1931-1932

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, M. Bllugh, E. M. Curtain, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Downing, F. Fisher, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, A. M. Lee, E. C. McHardy, R. M. Stephens, E. Strindlund, Aleta Jean Whyte. Junior High department: P. Leslie, F. McLeod

1932-1933

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, M. Blough, E. H. Curtis, N. I. Douglas, E. Doner, E. C. Fisher, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, E. McHardy, E. Strindlund, R. M. Stephens, Aleta Jean Whyte, A. M. Lee. Junior High department: A. A. Jones, F. McLeod, P. Leslie

1933-1934

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, M. C. Blough, E. M Curtis, M. I. Douglas, E. Doner, L. Hart, M. I. Jackson, A. M. Lee, E. McHardy, R. M. Stephens, E. Strindlund, Aleta Jean Whyte. Junior High department: F. MacLeod

1934-1935

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, E. M Curtis, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Hart, M. L. Jackson, A. M. Lee, Ceclia Mitchell, E. C. McHardy, E. Strindlund, R. M. Stephens, Aleta Jean Whyte. Junior High department: M. Blough, M. Crease, F. McLeod

1935-1936

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, E. M Curtiss, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Hart, A. M. Lee, C. E. Mitchell, R. C. McHardy, R. M. Stephens, E. Strindlund, Aleta Jean Whyte, M. Thompson. Junior High department: M. O. Blough, F. McLeod

1936-1937

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, E. M Curtiss, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Hart, A. M. Lee, C. E. Mitchell, E. McHardy, R. M. Stephens, E. Strindlund, M. J. Thompson, Aleta Jean Whyte. Junior High department: M. O. Blough, J. L. McAllister, F. McLeod, J. R. Weatherhead

1937-1938

Elementary department: M. Alsaker, E. M Curtiss, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Hart, E. McHardy, A. M. Lee, C. E. Mitchell, R. Stephens, E. Strindlund, Aleta Jean Whyte. Junior High department: M. O. Blough, J. L. McAllister, F. McLeod, J. Weatherhead

1938-1939

Elementary department: M. Allan, M. Alsakar, H. Bowley, E. M. Curtis, E. Doner, M. I. Douglas, L. Hart, A. M. Lee, E. McHardy, C. E. Mitchell, E. Strindund. Junior High department: M. O. Blough, J. L. McAllister, F. McLeod, F. Neithercut, M. Stephens, J. Weatherhead

1939-1948

?

1948-1949

Howard B. Chenoweth, ?

1949-1950

Howard B. Chenoweth, ?

1950-1951

?

1951-1952

?

1952-1953

?

1953-1954

?

1954-1955

?

1955-1956

Miss Kavanagh (grade 4), ?

1956-1957

Miss Robertson (grade 5), ?

1957-1958

?

1958-1959

?

1959-1960

?

1960-1961

?

1961-1962

?

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

?

1964-1965

?

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

?

1967-1968

See Ashland School

1968-1969

See Ashland School

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

?

1971-1972

?

1972-1973

?

1973-1974

?

1974-1975

?

1975-1976

Mrs. Helga Anderson, Mrs. D. Agnes Cline, Miss Shirley Derksen, Miss Eileen George, Mrs. Barbara Green, Mrs. M. Eileen Grills, Mrs. Lowell Jones, John Longstaff, Mrs. Claire MacKenzie, Mrs. Edith Madder, Mrs. Verna Polcyn, Real Roch, Mrs. Sharon Schmidt, Zorko Soric, H. Colin Stark, Miss E. Kathleen Stevenson, Mrs. Barbara Town

1976-1977

?

1977-1978

Ms. Judith Dalche, Mrs. Claire Darvill, Miss Shirley Derksen, Mrs. Shirley Donovan, Miss Sarah Fehr, Miss Eileen George, Miss Mary Louise Lisi, John Longstaff, Mrs. Edith Madder, Ronald Mark, Miss Eileen Metz, Mrs. Apolonia Parisian, Real Roch, Mrs. Sharon Schmidt, Mrs. Roberta Shied, Colin Stark, Mrs. Irene Sulymka, Miss Barbara Thomas, Mrs. Evelyn Winston

circa 1978

Mrs. Janet Bowler, Miss Eileen Folson, Miss Eileen George, Mrs. Raelean Kulba, John Longstaff, Mr. V. J. Lyon, Mrs. Ardythe McMaster (music), Mrs. Edith Madder, Mrs. Norma Nordlinger, Mrs. Sharon Schmidt, Mrs. Roberta Shied, Mrs. Irene Sulymka, Abram Thiessen, Miss Barbara Thomas

Photos & Coordinates

Riverview School No. 1 with an annex behind it

Riverview School No. 1 with an annex behind it (circa 1920)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Riverview School No. 1, with the second school behind it at left, constructed in 1929

Riverview School No. 1, with the second school behind it at left, constructed in 1929 (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Riverview Schools No. 2 (left) and 1 (right)

Riverview Schools No. 2 (left) and 1 (right) (no date)
Source: Winnipeg School Division

Riverview School

Riverview School (June 2019)
Source: Jim Fryza

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86578, W97.12791
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riverview Presbyterian Church / Riverview School (Oakwood Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashland School (170 Ashland Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riverview School No. 279 / Riverview United Church (RM of Glenwood)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Riverview School (1105 Louise Avenue East, Brandon)

Sources:

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

“Two new schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 November 1908, page 3.

“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.

“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. 27—Riverview,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 November 1922, page 10.

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.

Riverview School, 253 Maplewood Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, December 2009.

We thank the Winnipeg School Division, Eileen George, George Stewart, Jim Fryza, Ardythe McMaster, and Robert Armstrong for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 September 2020

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