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Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Treherne School No. 537 (Treherne, Municipality of Norfolk Treherne)

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The West Treherne School District was organized formally in March 1888 and a school building was erected in Treherne, in what is now the Municipality of Norfolk Treherne. In 1891, it was replaced by a two-storey wood structure then, in 1906, by a two-storey, brick building designed by Winnipeg architect Samuel Hooper, near the site of the Treherne Cenotaph. This building was destroyed by fire on 17 June 1958.

The school fire led to renewed consideration of school consolidation, and local electors subsequently approved amalgamation of their district with several from the surrounding countryside: Louise School No. 116, East Treherne School No. 298, Cassandra School No. 445, Centreville School No. 606, Boyne Creek School No. 620, Wilson Glen School No. 713, Arbroath School No. 796, McCreery School No. 797, Pinkerton School No. 1074, and Matchettville School No. 1342. While a new school building was constructed, classes were held at various places around Treherne, including the Masonic Hall, Legion Hall, Fumerton’s Hall, old post office building, and the old movie hall. Later, the building of Cassandra School was moved into town and used as a classroom. The new school opened in September 1962.

Principals

Period

Principal

1898-1899

Ezra Hamilton (1864-?)

1899-1903

J. W. McNabb

1903-1907

A. L. McLean

1907-1908

John Willson Morrison (1883-1948)

1908-1909

Frederick James Ney (1884-1973)

1909-1910

Robert McKay Stevenson (1882-1970)

1910-1912

?

1912-1913

Fred W. Harrison

1913-1914

Merodach Green

1914-1916

Jesse C. French

1916-1920

Annie M. McIntosh

1920-1921

Alfred James Struthers (c1890-?)

1921-1923

Annie M. McIntosh

1923-1924

John Alexius Peterson (c1885-1959)

1924-1925

Jesse C. French

1925-1926

Maurice Sanger

1926-1927

Harvey Richard Brown (1895-1962)

1927-1929

Martin Kavanagh (1895-1987)

1929-1935

George Archibald Coulthard (1890-1964)

1935-1943

Victor Harvey Hugo (1888-1972)

1944-1946

John Gilbank Anderson (1912-2003)

1946-1947

John Clayton Stewart (1906-1990)

1947-1948

John Osborn Wilson (1900-1972)

1948-1955

Maxwell Addison Parker (1912-2004)

1955-1956

James F. Hunter

1956-1965

M. A. Parker

1965-1967

R. V. Johnson

1967-1972

D. W. Shaw

1972-1973

R. Vandenberghe

Teachers

Some of the teachers who taught at West Treherne School: George B. Wilson and Dorothy Irene Madill Hudson.

Photos & Maps

West Treherne School

West Treherne School (circa 1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1908, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of West Treherne School

Postcard view of West Treherne School (1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company
Source: Andrew Cunningham

Postcard view of the second West Treherne School, used from 1906 to 1958

Postcard view of the second West Treherne School, used from 1906 to 1958 (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0075

Site Location (lat/long): N49.62685, W98.69737
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

Tiger Hills to the Assiniboine: A History of Treherne and Surrounding District by Treherne Area History Committee, 1976, pages 38-40.

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 Andrew Cunningham and the office staff of the RM of South Norfolk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 February 2018

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