Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Beach School No. 1811 (RM of Victoria Beach)
The Victoria Beach School District was organized in December 1915. A school building operated in the Municipality of Victoria Beach. Heated by a woodstove and with an outhouse in the backyard, the community had grown enough for a second classroom by 1939, so an addition was added along with hiring a second teacher. It expanded again in the 1950s with a third room, along with indoor plumbing and a furnace. In 1967, its area became part of the Lord Selkirk School Division. Grades 1 to 11 were taught up until 1969 when the school closed. The former school building is no longer present at the site.
The teachers of Victoria Beach School were Allan T. Burton (1916), Elizabeth Ehman (1916-1917), Vincent P. Murphy (1917), Louise Amelia Neilson (1918), Christine Johnson (1918-1919), C. M. Brandon (1919), E. N. Very (1920), Daisy Lorraine Walker (1921), Thomas E. Black (1921-1923), Geraldine Kavanagh (1923-1926), Winnifred Gertrude Shield (1926-1927), Winnifred Gertrude Thomas (1928, 1943-1946, 1953-1960, 1965-1966), Gladys Lyle Simpson (1928-1931), Irene Merle Riddell (1931-1935), Helen Hendrie Terry (1935-1938), and Mary Beatrice Jamieson (1938-1939).
The other teachers were Vernon Lorraine Trainor (1947), Lily May Nevin (1945-1946), Ernest Harold Ranson (1947), Grace Anderson (1947?-1949), Enid Louise Jonsson (1947), Soren Bernhard Jorgensen (1948-1949), Anne Ellen (1949-1950), Margaret Alice Morton (1949-1950), Violet Phyllis Bell (1950-1951), Melvin Stewart Bell (1950-1951), Lena Shewchuk (1951-1952), Michael John Shewchuk (1951-1952), Mrs. Elsie Marie Neufield (1952-1953), Peter Neufield (1952-1953), Mrs. Evelyn Carriere (1953), Steve E. Fisher (1954), Anita Rita Campeau (1954-1955), John C. Campeau (1954), Marina Lela Lester (1955-1960), Marina Chapel (1960-1964), Maria Merkatz (1960), H. Hryhorka (1961-1962), Vernon Lee (1962-1963), Roberta F. Phais (1962-1963), Mrs. Valerie Harrison (1963), John Harrison (1963-1966), Brian N. Orvis (1964), Thora Oliver (1964-1966), Sharon Whyte (1964-1965), Margaret Lesperance (1966), and Gladys Sigurdson (1966).
Photos & Coordinates
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.
East Side of the Red, 1884-1984 by St. Clements Historical Committee, 1984.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.
“History Hunt 100: Clues to 100 Years of History throughout Victoria Beach,” Rural Municipality of Victoria Beach, 2019.
We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 5 February 2022