Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Germain School No. 969 (St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg)
Named for the St. Germain family, this school district was formed by the Rural Municipality of St. Vital in May 1898. Later that year, a one-room schoolhouse was erected on Lote 135 on St. Mary’s Road. In 1909, it was replaced by a wooden frame structure. Until 1917, instruction in the school was in French.
In 1939, the building was expanded by contractor G. A. Baert at a cost of $5,000. It added a second classroom made of brick, with hardwood flooring and electric lighting. Its student capacity was 50 with a staff of two teachers, one Catholic and the other Protestant. In April 1959, the district was incorporated into the St. Vital Municipal School District No. 2374 and later the St. Vital School Division.
Scheduled to close in June 1966, the closure was moved forward to 7 April 1966 on account of an impending flood and its location near the Red River. The 43 students in grades 1 to 5 were relocated in the division, most transferring to Windsor School. Initially put up for sale, the school and adjoining property were retained for future consideration until the 1970s. By April 1981, the Division was seeking tenders for the demolition or removal of the school building.
The site now hosts residential development.
Among the other teachers of St. Germain School were Raoul St-Germain (1906), Eliza Marion (1906), Marie-Anne Landry (1906), Marthe Monchamp (1910), Flavie Baril (1910), Antoinette Thibault (1914-1915), Corinne Laporte (1917), Anna Charette (1918), Virginia Desjardins (1918-1919), Ida Carriere (1919-1920), Patricia McDermott (1920), Sarah C. King (1921), J. A. Blouin (1922-1926), Marie Jean Moran (1927-1930), Blanche R. Charbonneau (1930-1934), and Marie Blanche Daneault (1934-1939).
Photos & Coordinates
“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 March 1909, page 2.
“St. Vital,” Winnipeg Tribune, 11 July 1936, page 30.
“Another classroom,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 May 1939, page 28.
“St. Germain School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 August 1939, page 26.
“St. Germain School District No. 969,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1947, page 21.
“Trailer permit grand may be vetoed,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1960, page 19.
Surveys and Mapping Branch, Department of Mines and Technical Services, 62H/14a (1960) Grande Point, Edition 3, Sheet: 62H/14a.
“An end to an era,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1966, page 3.
“Flood forces closing,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1966, page 3.
“Building for sale by public tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1966, page 32.
“Sealed bids marked ”offer to purchase the St. Germain School building and site,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 June 1971, page 32.
“St. Vital Board hits lack of plan,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1975, page 15.
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.
“Tenders wanted for the removal or demolition of St. Germain School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1981, page 87.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), GR1628, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Miscellaneous, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Cash Books, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), GR1629, St. Germain School District No. 969 - Minute Books, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank the Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 10 July 2019
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