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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sinclair School No. 1051 (Sinclair, RM of Pipestone)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

The Sinclair School District was established formally in January 1900 at Sinclair in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone. In 1910, the original schoolhouse was replaced by a two-storey brick veneer structure designed by Brandon architect W. A. Elliott. The old school building was sold and moved to NW7-7-28W where it stood until 1979 when it was demolished.

It became Sinclair Consolidated School No. 1051 in 1966. It was replaced by the present structure, now closed, that was built at a cost of $248,125 and opened officially in November 1976. A monument topped by the school bell stands next to the former school building that was converted into a manufacturing facility. The former building for Clover Hill School stands nearby.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1925

Thomas William Ebbern (1879-1970)

1925-1929

Thomas Erroll Babb (1894-1962)

1929-1931

Samuel Alfred Wright (1900-1966)

1931-1932

J. D. Eveleen

1932-1933

Clarence Edgar “Curly” Heapy (1905-1981)

1933-1934

James Cameron Martin (1910-1982)

1934-1939

Duncan Fyfe Cameron (1909-1977)

1939-1940

John Alfred Hammond (1898-1988)

1940-1941

Margaret H. Jasper

1941-1942

Stanley Robert Kitchen (1915-1988)

1942-1952

?

1952-1953

Alma Elaine [Eileen] Newton Carnochan (1922-2011)

1953-1954

Mrs. Kathleen Durston

1954-1956

Benjamin Franklin Olson (1898-1981)

1956-1958

Chester Crossman

1958-1963

Laurel Edwin Shewchuk

Teachers

First Sinclair School: Fred G. Leeple (1901), Nellie J. McLachlan (1902), Annie Morrey (1905), Jean McFetridge (1906), Gertie McDougall (1907), Samuel B. Lamont (1907-1908), Roxy Bride (1908), Dora Dale (1909-1910), Mae V. Axford (1910).

Second Sinclair School: Thomas William Ebbern (1911-1921), Mae V. Axford (1911), Luella B. Doig (1911-1913), Elizabeth Troop (1913), Olive F. Francis (1913-1915), James H. Cameron (1915-1916), Ethel Fairlie (1915-1918), Isaiah S. Rudy (1916-1918), Davina Guthrie (1918-1919), Sara E. Donald (1918-1920), Janet McDonald (1919), Anna Mima McIntyre (1920-1921), A. Creasy (1920-1921), Dorothy Tod (1921-1922), Winnie M. Sanderson (1922-1926), Bessie Hyndman (1926-1929), Marjorie Fallis (1926-1928), Vera Johnston (1928-1929), Viola Mark (1929-1930), Vera Johnston (1929-1931), Margaret King (1931-1933), Margorie Atkinson (1931-1933), Miss Greenway (1933-1934), H. M. Crowe (1933-1935), E. Pearl Riddell (1933-1934), E. Lyla Martin (1933-1936), Olive Kristinson (1935-1936), Kay L. Graham (1936-1937), Francis Wilman (1937-1938), Margaret Jasper (1938-1939, 1941), R. Lloyd Smith (1939-1941), E. Jean Appleyard (1940-1941), Kay L. Lewitt (1941), E. K. Stevenson (1941-1942), Ila Cannon (1941-1943), Eileen M. Naylen (1943-1945), Anna B. Fraser (1945-1947), Margaret (1945-1947), J. Langeley (1946-1947), Anna B. Fraser (1947-1950), Marguerite Smith (1947-1948), Mrs. R. Makway (1948-1949), Doreen Baldwin (1949-1950), Mrs. Fred Hall (1950-1952), Mrs. Elsie Hall (1950-1952), Mrs. Irene Oberlin (1952-1955), Myrtiel Rusenel (1955-1956), M. Steve Gerelus (1955-1956), Ruth Gerelus (1955-1956), Mrs. M. Glidden (1956-1958), Mrs. Marlene Shewchuk (1958-1963), Mrs. Irene Graham (1958-1960), Darlene Bothe (1960-1961), Joyce Adair (1961-1963), Ed Thiessen (1963-1965), Mrs. Joyce Davey (1963-1964), Mrs. Alice Reeves (1964-1966), John Wilson (1965-1966), Mrs. Darlene Henderson (1967-1968), George Reimer (1967-1968), Mr. Kailash C. Kapahi (1968-1969), Mrs. Iris Cross (1968-1970), Mrs. Ada Josephson (1968-1970), M. Joy Chambers (1968-1969), Mr. Terry Law (1969-1970), Miss Alice Bartel (1969-1973), Joe Poirier (1970-1971), Henry Schulz (1970-1972), Gwen Veitch (1970-1971, 1972-1975), Joe E. Cop (1971-1976), Mrs. Doreen Sharratt (1971-1972), Mrs. Francis Kroeker (1972-1974), Myrna Brownlee (1973-1974), Mrs. Heather McLachlan (1974-1975), Valerie Wiebe (1974-1975), S. R. Wilcox (1975-1976), Mrs. Carol Tycoles (1975-1976), Ruth Johnson (1975-1976).

Third Sinclair School: Joe E. Cop (1976-1981), Audrey Bartel (1976-1980), Dorothy Braun (1976-1978), Janet Fingas (1976-1978), Mrs. Laura Jean Campbell (1978-1980), Audrey Isaac (1980-1981), Mrs. D. LeBarron (1980-1981), Mrs. C. Workman (1980-1981), Mrs. Diana Cruise (1980-1981).

Photos & Coordinates

The second Sinclair School, constructed in 1910

The second Sinclair School, constructed in 1910 (circa 1910)
Source: Education Department Report, 1910, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The second Sinclair School with a third classroom added

The second Sinclair School with a third classroom added (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 47.

The former Sinclair School building

The former Sinclair School building (June 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sinclair School commemorative monument

Sinclair School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.56726, W101.28854
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clover Hill School No. 1519 (RM of Pipestone)

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.

Trails Along the Pipestone by Pipestone History Project, c1981, pages 653-658. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.P56 Tra]

“School opens,” Brandon Sun, 8 December 1976, page 8.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 June 2020

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