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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Moira School / Waskada School No. 492 (Waskada, Municipality of Brenda-Waskada)

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Known originally as Moira School District when it was established formally in March 1887, southwest of present-day Waskada (in what is now the Municipality of Brenda-Waskada), the school building was moved to a site on Mountain Avenue in 1899. Two years later, a two-storey brick structure was erected beside it and, in 1910, it was renamed Waskada School. Further expansions occurred in 1923 and 1926.

In January 1958, it became Waskada Consolidated School No. 492, joining the Antler River School Division, when it was consolidated with rural schools from the surrounding vicinity. These included Hernefield School No. 407, Verona School No. 409, Princess School No. 410, Arthur School No. 494, Mimosa School No. 532, and Coulter School No. 1772.

The present school building was erected in 1958 on Souris Avenue. An addition was made in 1962 and, in 1988, renovations were made and a new gymnasium was built. A plaque commemorating the schools of Waskada was unveiled at a school reunion in July 1988 and is mounted on the exterior of the present school, above one of its entrances.

Principals

Period

Principal

1908-1910

Thomas Kirpatrick

1910-1912

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1912-1918

Clive M. McCann

1918-1922

Robert Cecil Paris (1885-1964)

1922-1924

Clarence L. Kerr (1897-1973)

1924-1925

Edmund Herbert Leighton (1883-1954)

1925-1934

John Albert “Jack” George (1899-1970)

1934-1940

William Neil Gilchrist (1908-1999)

1940-1941

William Jardine “Bill” Woodrow (1910-2005)

1941-1942

Ernest Lorne Moffat (1899-1982)

1942-1945

Earl M. Calverley

1945-1946

Nora Edith Sankey (1916-1996)

1946-1947

John Chalaturnyk (1915-2001)

1947-1951

Joseph William Butcher (1906-1997)

1951-1952

Willard Ervin Rife (1890-1970)

1952-1955

Abiah Davies Morgan (1899-1967)

1955-1957

Joseph Watson Kachor (1923-1985)

1957-1958

W. G. Rivers

1958-1964

Edgar John Jarvis (1894-1972)

1964-1966

N. T. Shabits

1966-1970

C. E. Griffith

1970-1971

W. G. McGavin

1971-1973

R. A. Bell

Teachers

Among the teachers who worked at Waskada School were O. G. Olmstead and Anna Mima McIntyre.

Photos & Maps

Waskada School

Postcard view of the first (1880s) and second (1901) Waskada Schools (1906)
by Winnipeg Photo Company, Napinka
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0030.

Waskada School

Waskada School (circa 1911)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspector Photos GR2664, C65.

Waskada School

The second Waskada School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 72.

Waskada School

Waskada Schools Plaque, above an entrance to the present school at N49.09938, W100.80009 (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.09738, W100.80262
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Waskada, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, September 1914, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Jan McClelland for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2017

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