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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Spruce View School No. 1936 (RM of Armstrong)

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The Spruce View School District was organized formally in July 1918 and a $2,000 one-room schoolhouse built and operated at SE7-21-1W in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong. In 1936, it became part of the Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842. A second classroom was added in the mid-1950s to enable students to attend up to grade 10. After the school closed in the summer of 1967, it was renovated into a private residence at its original site. Records for the school are held at the Chatfield Park of Souvenirs Museum.

Principals

Period

Principal

1959-1960

Benjamin Franklin Olson (1898-1981)

Teachers

Among the teachers at Spruce View School were Mary Belay (1919), J. E. Fargey (1919-1920), Miss Knelman (1921-1923), Frank Bailey (1923-1924), Louis Erwin Gendron (Fall 1924), Irene A. Story (Fall 1924), Nellie C. Robertson (January 1925 - Fall 1925), Eliza Dixon (Fall 1925 - Spring 1926), Herbert M. Bell (Spring 1926 - December 1926), Joseph K. Lamb (January 1927 - June 1929), Ruth H. Graham (September 1929 - April 1931), Dorothy Ivy Madge (May-June 1931), Arthur Joseph MacLeod (1941-1942), Raymond John Tychie (1942-1943), Alex G. MacDougall (Fall 1944), Suzanne Lucille Vigier (Spring 1945), and Walter G. Chomichuk (1959-1960).

Photos & Coordinates

Spruce View School

Spruce View School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 63.

The former Spruce View School

The former Spruce View School (May 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.78731, W97.58043
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Poplarfield topographic map, 62I/13, Edition 1, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

Wilderness to Wildlife: Chatfield and District History by Chatfield Oldtimers Club, c1981. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.C45 Wil]

Manitoba School Records Collection, Spruce View School District No. 1936 - Daily Registers, GR11220 , Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Spruce View School District No. 1936 - Daily Registers, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Spruce View School District No. 1936 - Minute Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Spruce View School District No. 1936 - Cash Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Spruce View School District No. 1936 - Miscellaneous, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 16 October 2020

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