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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Woodsworth School (King Edward Street, Winnipeg)

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The Woodsworth School is thought to have been established before the 1908 founding of the Brooklands School District No. 1440, which it joined. It was a two-classroom wood frame structure located at the northeast corner of the intersection between Rosser Road (now King Edward Street) and Geyser Avenue (now Selkirk Avenue). On account of local financial concerns held by some district ratepayers, an unsuccessful attempt was made in 1924 to split this single school away from the Brooklands School District and create the independent Woodsworth School District.

The Woodsworth School continued operation until closing in the summer of 1963, a month after which (in July 1963) the former school building was mistakenly damaged by workers intending to tear down the nearby Wentworth School. It remained vacant and was still standing the following year, at which point the most of the 4.5 acres it stood upon (though not the school structure itself) were offered for sale by the Brooklands School District. While the structure was later removed from the site, the Woodsworth name was carried over to the nearby Woodsworth Park.

Principals

Period

Principal

1911-1963

See Brooklands School District No. 1440

Teachers

Period

Teachers

Before 1921

See Brooklands School District No. 1440

1921-1922

Montague Shore (grades 4-8), Bertha A. Smith (grades 1-3)

1922-1923

Fanny Maud Leeming (grades 1-3), Montague Shore (grades 4-8)

1923-1924

Fanny Maud Leeming (grades 1-3), Eva M. Underwood (grades 4-7)

1924-1925

Edith P. Parkes (grades 1-4), John N. Sturk (grades 5-8)

1925-1926

H. M. McTavish (grades 1-4), John N. Sturk (grades 5-8)

1926-1927

John Hiram Armstrong (grades 5-8), Marjorie Marsland (grades 1-4)

1927-1928

John Hiram Armstrong (grades 4-7), Marjorie Marsland (grades 1-3)

1928-1929

Frank Bowman (grades 4-7), Marjorie Marsland (grades 1-3)

1929-1930

Frank Bowman (grades 4-7), Marjorie Marsland (grades 1-3)

1930-1931

Robert Holloway (grades 4-7), Doris McKendry (grades 1-3)

1931-1932

Robert Holloway (grades 4-7), Doris McKendry (grades 1-3)

1932-1933

Robert Holloway (grades 4-7), Joyce McKinnell (grades 1-3)

1933-1934

Robert Holloway (grades 4-7), Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-3)

1934-1935

Robert Holloway (grades 4-7), Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-3)

1935-1936

Robert Holloway (grades 5-8), Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-4)

1936-1937

Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-6)

1937-1938

Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-5)

1938-1939

Margaret Ritchie Shaw (grades 1-5)

1939-1940

Robert Holloway (grades 5-8), Elizabeth Jean Lothian (grades 1-4)

1940-1941

Janet Isabelle Hall (grades 1-4), Robert Holloway (grades 5-8)

1941-1942

Janet Isabelle Hall (grades 1-4), Robert Holloway (grades 5-8)

1942-1943

Robert Holloway (grades 4-8), Cecilia Wood Sneddon (grades 1-3)

1943-1944

Mary Ellen Elliott (grades 1-3), Robert Holloway (grades 4-8)

1944-1945

Pauline Marie Capot (grades 1-3, September-December), Robert Holloway (grades 4-8), S. Lytle (grades 1-3, January-June)

1945-1946

Robert Holloway (grades 4-8), Elizabeth Joan “Betty” Thom (grades 1-3)

1946-1947

Shirley Anne Hoddinott (grade 1-3), Robert Holloway (grades 4-8)

1947-1948

Robert Holloway (grades 4-6), Iris Havergal Sharpe (grades 1-3)

1948-1949

Wilhelmine Flatt (grades 1-3), Robert Holloway (grades 4-6)

1949-1950

Robert Holloway (grades 4-6), Anne R. Lentourch (grades 1-3)

1950-1951

Robert Holloway (grades 3-6, September-December; grades 3-5, January-June), Olga Greening (grades 1-2)

1951-1952

Robert Holloway (grades 3-5), Kathleen Beatrice McLean (grades 1-2)

1952-1953

Robert Holloway (grades 3-5), Kathleen Beatrice McLean (grades 1-2)

1953-1954

Robert Holloway (grades 3-5), Kathleen Macgillivray (grades 1-2)

1954-1955

Robert Holloway (grades 3-5), Emma Massicotte (grades 1-2)

1955-1956

Robert Holloway (grades 3-5), Emma Massicotte (grades 1-2)

1956-1957

Marcia Ewashko (grades 3-5), Nettie Loewen (grades 1-2)

1957-1958

Florence A. Godfrey (grades 2-4), Carolyn Sennett (grades 1-2)

1958-1959

Phyllis Mary Elizabeth Murray (grades 3-4), Carolyn Sennett (grades 1-2)

1959-1960

Vivian Johanna Sigurbjorg Jeffery (grades 1-2), Phyllis Mary Elizabeth Murray (grades 3-4)

1960-1961

Gertrude Evelyn Anderson (grades 3-4), Vivian Johanna Sigurbjorg Jeffery (grades 1-2)

1961-1962

Gertrude Evelyn Anderson (grades 3-4), Vivian Johanna Sigurbjorg Jeffery (grades 1-2)

1962-1963

Gertrude Evelyn Anderson (grades 2-3), Vivian Johanna Sigurbjorg Jeffery (grade 1)

Photos & Maps

Woodsworth School

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.93152, W97.20638
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Organization: Brooklands School District No. 1440

Sources:

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

“Whoops - Pardon my sledge-hammer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1963, page 3.

“Brooklands School District No. 1440 invites offers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 April 1964, page 27.

A Short History of Brooklands Elementary Schools including Woodsworth, Cressey, Krawchyk, Butterworth, St. James Assiniboia School Division.

The First Hundred Years, 1893-1993 by the Rosser Municipality Centennial History Book Committee, page 102.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 October 2021

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