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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Spring Valley School No. 649 (Municipality of Riverdale)

The first school in the Spring Valley district in what is now the Municipality of Riverdale was established at 12-11-22W by settler John Moore, around 1888. The building was moved by George Buller to NE11-11-22W at the time that a formal school district, Spring Valley School No. 649, was set up. It burned in 1937 and was rebuilt one-half mile west (NW10-11-22W). The lumber for this building came from Clear Lake, being sawn round on one side for a log effect.

The school was closed from 1948 to 1950 due to student enrollment then closed permanently in 1959. The students were transported to Bradwardine Consolidated School No. 1307. The district was officially consolidated with Bradwardine School and Rivers Consolidated School No. 1404. As of March 2012, the building appears unused on private land posted with a “No Trespassing” sign.

Among the teachers who workd at Spring Valley School through the years were Miss M. McBride, Mr. McGregor, Miss Shewfelt, Miss C. Watson, Mina Gallanders, John Hettle, William Campbell, Georgina Riddel, Miss S. Cameron, Gertie Broatch, Eva Ferguson, Dolly Sibbald, Maude Carmichael, Jean McLaren, Miss Bettz, Jim Thomson, Gertie Watson, May Mawer, Alma Sedgewick, Crawford McMillan, Helen Langley, Dorothy Phillips, Margaret Shannon, Miss K. Crowston, Victor Michaluk, Winnie Cathcart, Mary Lindberg, and Edith Johns.

The original Spring Valley School

The original Spring Valley School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 103.

The second Spring Valley School, built in 1937 with log-like siding

The second Spring Valley School, built in 1937 with log-like siding (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 103.

The Spring Valley School site and shelterbelt

The Spring Valley School site and shelterbelt (March 2012)
Source: Ken Storie

The former Spring Valley School building

The former Spring Valley School building (March 2012)
Source: Ken Storie

Interior of the former Spring Valley School

Interior of the former Spring Valley School (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Basement of the former Spring Valley School

Basement of the former Spring Valley School (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.91589, W100.37588
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Spring Valley School / Ecole Romeo Dallaire (81 Quail Ridge Road, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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.

Bradwardine and District: A Century and More, Bradwardiine History Book Commitee, 2003.

This page was prepared by Ken Storie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2018

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