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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victor School No. 949 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Victor School District was formally established in what is now the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth in March 1898. Local residents had wanted to name it Victoria School, in honour of Queen Victoria, but another rural school with that name already existed so they truncated the name to Victor. A one-room schoolhouse was built during the summer of 1898.

The school operated until July 1965 when the school closed and its remaining students went to Elkhorn Consolidated School No. 366 or Virden Consolidated School No. 144. The building was sold and torn down so its lumber could be used to enlarge a nearby private residence. A monument for the school was unveiled on 7 July 1984.

Among the teachers of Victor School were Hattie Hume (1899), Miss Fingland (1900-1902), Miss Craig (1903), Miss Tunis (1903), Eva P. Grant (1908), Annie McTavish (1908), Eva Porter (1909), Miss L. M. Higginbotham (1911), James Leonard McQuay (1911), Elsie K. Gardner (1911), W. A. Evans (1910-1912), Fred James Hall (1912-1914), Elizabeth Usher (1915-1916), Viola Sanford (1917), Bertha Sanford (1918), F. Elizabeth Morton (1919-1920), Ella M. McGhie (1920-1922), Alice Medlicott (1922-1923), Gertrude Sandell (1923-924), Violet L. Reeves (1924-1926), Ethel M. McCormack (1926-1927), Lena Ross McDougall (1927-1929), Helen Margaret Millar (1929-1930), Margaret Emily McGilvray (1930-1933), Ella Evelyn Tapp (1933-1934), Alice Elizabeth Marshall (1934-1936), Ernestine Marguerite Ablett (1936-1945), Marjorie Lorraine Bray (1945-1946), Sheila Ismay McKenzie (1946-1947), Lillian Muriel Callier (1947-1948), Muriel Eleanor Howard (1948-1949), Margaret Lamb (1949-1951), Harvey Samuel Smith (1951-1953), Elizabeth Eileen Swan (1953-1955), Mary Lou Rutherford (1955-1956), Eugene Lester Baker (1956-1957), Bernice Claire Alexander (1957-1958), Lena Ewanyshyn (1958-1960), Sarah Bessie Montgomery (1960-1961), Mary Ellen Roach (1961-1962), Dorothy Mae Paul (1962-1963), and Gloria Beryl Jackson (1963-1965).

Victor School

Victor School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 28.

Students and teachers of Victor School

Students and teachers of Victor School (1908)
Source: Duncan Waddell

Victor School commemorative sign

Victor School commemorative sign (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.99025, W101.08064
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Union School No. 302 (Municipality of Grassland)


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.

Steel and Grass Roots, 1882-1981: History of Elkhorn by Elkhorn and District Historical Society, pages 88-91.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Victor School No. 949 Daily Registers, GR0466, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Victor School No. 949 Minute [and Cash] Book, GR6560, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Victor School No. 949 Minute Book, GR3433, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Duncan Waddell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough

Page revised: 16 January 2021

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