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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sidney School No. 607 (Sidney, Municipality of North Norfolk)

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The Sidney School District was formally established in October 1889. The first school was located one-half mile south of the town of Sidney, at NW5-11-12W in what is now the Municipality of North Norfolk, and operated from 1890 to 1897, with Miss McLeod of Winnipeg as its first teacher. A two-room brick structure was opened in Sidney and operated from 1897 to 1906. A third, larger two-room frame structure held classes from 1906 to 1968. A third room for the high school was added and operated from 1928 to June 1963, after which senior students were bused to Austin School or Carberry School. Two years after the school closed in 1968, the building was purchased from the Pine Creek School Division and used as a community centre. In July 2000, a monument was erected beside the former school building.

Inside the community centre are plaques commemorating local residents who served and were killed during military service in the First World War and Second World War, including an honour roll created by artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1922

John Erickson

1922-1924

Benjamin Hodkinson (1864-1948)

1924-1925

Ruth Parker (1894-1953)

1925-1930

Sarah Ann Sproat (1885-1976)

1930-1935

Jean Willis Little

1935-1937

David S. Shellenberg (?-?)

1937-1939

Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)

1939-1941

Cecil Cullen Foster (1911-1998)

1941-1942

Irene Rose Bonniman

1942-1943

D. Bruce Johnson

1943-1945

Anne Margaret Zalubniak [Zalubnick]

1945-1948

Jack Hersey Gibson (1917-2009)

1948-1949

Kenneth Donald Bruce (1892-1968)

1949-1956

William V. Domitrack (1908-1978)

1956-1960

Frank Cecil Jacobs (1914-2002)

1960-1962

J. R. Fawcett

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Sidney School were Miss McLeod (1890), Edgar S. Smith (1894-1897), W. Wagg (1895), R. L. Ross (1895), George H. Knowlton (1895-1896), Mary H. Hodgson (1898), William Emmerson (1899-1900), Mary Clarke (1900-1901), Nellie Wilson (1900-1901), E. K. Marshall (1901, 1905), Charles L. Willis (1905), William E. Kilpatrick (1906-1907), Lena McIntosh (1906-1908), Ida Madill (1907-1908), Robert Moir (1908), Minnie M. Reid (1908-1909), Leslie E. Grace (1909-1911), Katie E. Armstrong (1910-1911), Ethel A. Brickley (1911-1912), Margaret McKay (1911-1912), Etta H. Crewson (1912-1920), Laura Crewson (1912-1920), J. J. Jackson (1920-1921), Gertrude E. Jackson (1920-1921), L. Inkster (1921-1922), Beatrice Creasy (1921-1922), Effie R. Johnson (1922), Mary E. Clark (1922-1924), W. C. Hodkinson (1923), Margaret A. Chalmers (1924), Aileen M. Moore (1924), Marjorie M. Shortreed (1925-1926), Bertha Nelson (1925), Harry B. Hunter (1925-1927), Agnes Meta Neville (1927-1930), Florence C. Blair (1927-1928), Jean L. Babb (1928), Thomas Leslie Fox (1929-1930), Susan Menzies (1930-1935), Dorothy I. Bailey (1930-1932), Marjorie M. Muirhead (1932-1936), Muriel Moffatt (1935-1936), Margaret Jeannette Patterson (1936-1938), Muriel MacCunningham (1939-1940), Earla Gertrude Nattrass (1941), Jessie Murray Hannah (1941-1942), Jack H. Gibson (1942), Mrs. Betha Evelyn Gibson (1942-1947), D. Bruce Johnson (1943), Mrs. Rhoda E. Gibson (1943), Tranna F. Calvert (1946-1954), Donna W. Wedow (1948-1949), Kathleen Shoemaker (1950), Mrs. Donna W. Wright (1950-1956), Doreen M. Skogsterd (1954-1956), Mrs. Doreen Stephenson (1955-1956), Lucy Medevid (1955-1957), Muriel J. Cherry (1957-1959), Glen A. Lowe (1958-1963), Ethel A. Gregory (1963-1964), Mrs. W. Alton (1964-1965), Mrs. Perly Bell (1965), Mrs. Dave Sissons (1966-1967), and Penny Emisch Ham (1966-1967).

Photos & Coordinates

Sidney School building erected in 1906

Sidney School building erected in 1906 (circa 1906)
Source: Education Department Report, 1907, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Sidney School

Sidney School (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 96.

Sidney School

Sidney School (June 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Sidney 3.

The former Sidney School

The former Sidney School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 895.

The former Sidney School

The former Sidney School (April 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sidney School commemorative monument

Sidney School commemorative monument (April 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89834, W99.08553
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War Casualties

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Arthur Allwood
[Brandon Armoury]

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

17 August 1888

3 November 1917

Charles Edgar Atheling (Dykes) Bredin DSO
[Edrans, Next of Kin, Portage]

Farmer

28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Major

18 August 1876

18 November 1917

William Dines

Farmer

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Corporal

1 March 1892

29 September 1918

George Hunt

Farm Labourer

27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

14 May 1886

3 May 1917

Stanley King
[Portage]

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

13 May 1892

9 April 1918

John Lauder
[Cypress River]

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

25 October 1896

28 April 1917

Charles William McElrea
[Next of Kin]

Electrical Engineer

2nd Army Troops Company, Canadian Engineers

Sergeant

6 August 1887

31 May 1917

Clarence Edwin McLachlan
[Carberry]

Farmer's son

78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

18 December 1896

19 February 1917

Alexander McNab
[Knox Presbyterian, Portage, Telephones]

Telephone Inspector

10th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Sergeant

21 August 1891

24 May 1915

Joseph Edmond Sexton
[Carberry]

Farmhand

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Private

9 April 1888

20 December 1916

Sources:

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

A Rear View Mirror: A History of the Austin and Surrounding Districts by Anne M. Collier, Altona: Friesen Printing, 1967.

Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee of the North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 1161.

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.

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

We thank Nathan Kramer, Pearl Wieler, and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 January 2021

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