Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Ward School / Daerwood School (211 Main Street, Selkirk)

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In September 1907, voters of the Selkirk School District decided by a 97 to 7 margin to spend $11,000 upgrading the Central School and building the South Ward School. The single-storey, two-room building was situated on the west side of Main Street in Selkirk, just north and immediately across from Grain Avenue. Two years later, voters overwhelmingly approved a grade re-alignment whereby the South Ward School was used exclusively for high school grades.

In May 1949, construction of a new $150,000 school building got under way with the award of a contract to the Leitch Construction Company. A cornerstone laying ceremony followed on 15 July, performed by Minister of Education C. Rhodes Smith and School Inspector H. E. Riter. Also present were Attorney-General and former School Board Chairman James Osborne McLenaghen, Acting Mayor Stefan “Steve” Oliver, School Board Chairman Charles Harper, ex-Chair Ruth Caroline Hooker, Chamber of Commerce President F. L. Bishop, Reverend S. Olafson, and Reverend R. S. Montgomery.

The single-storey, eight-classroom facility, designed by Winnipeg architect Edgar Prain, featured an auditorium, home economics classes, and manual training departments. The new building, set further back from Main Street and behind the original structure, opened in early January 1950. The old building was later demolished. An expansion of the west side occurred in 1976.

A contest held by the School Board selected the name “Daerwood” submitted by Barry Gordon, son of Selkirk Mayor William E. Gordon.







Beulah Lyall Dickinson Morrison (1897-1993)




F. M. Pringle




George Egerton Snider (1874-1935)




John Macgregor Wilkie (1904-1991)


Frederick Andrew Richard Justus (1878-1943)




Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (?-1997)




Darcelle Saunders


School Year



Miss Lee


Beulah Lyall Dickinson, Miss McLean, Miss Ruth Swanson


Miss E. Abett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea




Miss E. Ablett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea


Miss E. Ablett, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea


Myrtle Goldstone, Miss E. Hedley, Miss V. Lea


Myrtle Goldstone, Miss V. Lea, Miss M. McLeod




Verna Gunter, Alda Jones


Verna Gunter, Mary McClellan


Mary McClellan, Kathleen McQueen


Miss M. McClellan, Miss J.T. Tweed


Miss L. Greenham, Miss B. Macintosh, Miss F. Thordarson


Miss A. Bannerman, Miss L. Greenham, Miss J. Grey


Beatrice Allen, Miss A. Bannerman, Margaret Eames, Miss B. Macintosh


Miss B. Allen (grade 1), Miss M. Bannerman (grade 4), Margaret Eames (grade 5), Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (grade 6), Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (grades 2 & 3)


Beatrice Allen, Miss A. Bannerman, Margaret Eames, Miss B. Macintosh




Margaret Eames, Miss Constance Holliday, Miss Jean McKen


Margaret Eames, Myrtle Eassett, Margaret Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, Annie Tkazcuk


Margaret Eames, Mrs. M. Empy, Miss M. Empy, Miss E. H. Klein, Miss M. Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, Annie Thaczuk


A. Browning, Margaret Eames, A. R. Miller, Miss M. Penner, Dorothy Reickseidler, Eldora Reickseidler, E. Stelman, E. Taylor, Annie Thaczuk


Miss M. Andrew, Mrs. A. Browning, Mrs. I. Duckenich, Margaret Eames, Miss A. Patuchenko, Miss E. Reckseidler, Miss I. Stelman, Mrs. E. Taylor


Miss E. Beckseidler (Grade 1), Mrs. M. Blackman (Home Economics), Miss C. Carmichael (Grade 1), Mrs. I. Dukenich (Grade 3), Margaret Eames (Grade 6), Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (Grade 7), Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (Grade 2), Miss A. G. Pastushenko (Grade 6), Miss E. E. Steiman (Grade 4), Mrs. E. J. Taylor (Grade 5)


Mrs. M. Blackman, Mrs. I. E. Dukenich, Margaret Eames, Miss N. Fraser, Miss M. I. Kerr, Mrs. E. J. Taylor, Miss G. M. Todo

Long-time teachers included Mary McLaren “Mae” Gardiner (1928-1943) and Elizabeth Margaret “Bess” Macintosh (1943-1971).

Photos & Coordinates

South Ward School

South Ward School (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0244

Daerwood School

Daerwood School (August 2016)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.13616, W96.88301
denoted by symbol on the map above


“Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 September 1907, page 12.

“Changes school policy,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 August 1909, page 3.

Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association, [Selkirk, Man., on Canadian Pacific Railway, 24 miles north of Winnipeg, 2nd survey 20th Sept. 1916], Sheets 18-21, Library and Archives Canada.

“Selkirk news and local events,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 August 1914, page 31.

“Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 August 1920, page 11.

“Interesting newsy items from Selkirk,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 September 1921, page 4.

“Selkirk school party,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 November 1927, page 6.

“Grade 12 to be tought [sic] at Selkirk Collegiate” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 September 1932, page 3.

“Four Selkirk schools open for fall season,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 September 1933, page 11.

“Many present as school goes in at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 September 1935, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 September 1936, page 3.

“Teachers are named for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 August 1937, page 2.

“One thousand pupils for Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 August 1939, page 2.

“Thousand to enroll in Selkirk schools,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1940, page 4.

“Schools of Selkirk to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1941, page 3.

“Selkirk schools open,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 September 1942, page 2.

“Schools to reopen in Selkirk Sept. 7,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1943, page 10.

“Selkirk schools to reopen Tuesday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1944, page 3.

“Selkirk school staff engage for new term,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1945, page 19.

“Selkirk school staff named,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 August 1946, page 20.

“Selkirk news,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 August 1947, page 9.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1949, page 17.

“Selkirk Council plans special meeting,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1949, page 3.

“Selkirk Board praised at new school opening,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1949, page 3.

“School cornerstone ceremony,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1949, page 3.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1949, page 10.

“Selkirk schools re-open on Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 August 1949, page 19.

“Selkirk schools have record teaching staff,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 August 1950, page 23.

“Selkirk notes,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 11.

“The old main road,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1951, page 13.

“Staffs named for schools at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1952, page 10.

“School Board lists teachers at Selkirk,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 September 1953, page 8.

“Selkirk schools set teacher list,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1954, page 2.

“School starts Sept. 1 for Selkirk pupils,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1955, page 12.

Obituary [Elizabeth Margaret Macintosh], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 November 2003, page B10.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 September 2021

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