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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE WEEKLY HERALD Lethbndge s Public School System History of the Educational Advancement of the City The First School Citizens Who Have Given Service On the School Board Teachers For Over Twenty Years Past The New School TFTF. laying ftf i of the new Central School naturally calls to mind the construction of the other school the city had. the trustees -who have carried on the im- portant work and the teachers who have had charge of the various classes through the years. School North Ward About this time a great many peo- ple had located their homes the track iu what became known a-- Xorth Ward and they wanted a school. In April 1891 at a public meeting held to discuss the question. by J. H. Fleetww.1 of the citv school j it was moved now chairman The history oi the public schools of j board, seconded by Mr. H. Martin, Lethbridge is one that reflects cred- j who later a member Of the' it upon the city and upon the num-1 board, that the trustees be empower- -erous public spirited' citizens who to erecc a school across the track have served as trustees and upon the j in xorth Ward immediately. It hav- teachers, who, as a rule have been j jng been shown by a deputation that of a high standard. Upon the Board j waited on the board that there were of Trustees from time to time have j sjxty children in that section of the sat Leth bridge's most prominent cit-i lowllj pians were prepared for a izens, which fact goes to prove that ?chool 26 x 40 and an acre lot was Enlarge School With eisht rooms, the trustees had i the interests of education have always j purchased for for a school been considered of jjreat importance ground. W. F. Gay built the school, and worthy of the careful attention j one room OI- w'nich was finished and of the city's strongest men. The j A. J. Dove, of the Central School, men who have had charge of the j pul ju eharse. school as principal have been recog- 1 nized by calls to higher positions. And not a few of the students who have gone from the citv schools in i accommodation _ior ten, the past twentv vears have brought i In 1902 thev were Iorced to j j. "v j i i i consider tne matter 01 more accom- credtt alike to their city and schools.; -r, I modauon. Messrs. Barford, Keed and Started In 1886 Fleetwood were a committee to re-' It was in 1SS6 that the department I port on the advisability of extending of education at Eegina in response to j th.e Central School south from the an application for the formation of j west end, making four rooms more. a. school district, outlined the district This was decided upon. Architect and appointed Messrs. Wm. Stafford, j v. W. Dooley prepared plans, the John Craig and A. Scott to act as j debentures were passed and issued trustees. The last named was unable j for tenders were called in to act, however, and H. F. ureea- j August 1903 and shortly after Wm. wood, was elected by the people to j Oliver, who got the contract, started fiH the vacancy. He was' appointed j on the addition, completing it shortly secretary-treasurer of the board and after New Years, 1904. The old part Wm. Stafford, chairman. The board j w-as overhauled and considerable dif- CENTRAL SCHOOL, SOON TO BE REPLACED 3Y THE FINE i'.EW -UILDING at its initial meeting, March 18S6, decided to purchase books for the use of the students and a cottage was rented from the North West Goal and Navigation'Co.. now the Alberta Rail- and Irrigation Co., for school purposes. C. F. P. Conybeare was appointed to make up the first assess- ment roll, which showed an assess- ment of which at the rate .struck of four mills on the dollar yielded a revenue of The Teach -rs The trustees straightway proceeded 10 get a suitable sehoolhouse erected. Acquiring some lots at the comer of Glyn and Dufferin streets, a two ficulty was experienced in getting a suitable heating and ventilating sys- tem for the whole building. As a compliment to the chairman of the board, Morris Barford, who had taken such great interest in the erection of the addition, the board decided to call the new wing the Barford wing. New School in North Ward In the meantime the school in the North Ward had become crowded and j at midsummer the trustees eonsuler- j ed- the enlargement of the building. Such a policy was soon abandoned in favor -oi a" more progressive one which was incorporated in a motion proposed by Trustee K. Nimmons in room btiiidins: was erected by Messrs Praser BIythe for the contract price March l905' that plans for a of Here Latimer and j Miss Margaret Duff, now Mrs. Fane, of Beaver Lake.. Alta., cave manv i four room brick .school in the North Ward be ordered. The motion passed with the result that the handsome-1 struc- a Lethbridge young: mnn and woman their education. In 1S59. the popu- lation of the city increased so that it was necessary to put on some ad- ditional room which was done by Mr. Geo.McFarquaher and A. J. Dove third Second Schooi Bunt The next year, 1390, it was found that a stili larger school would be required so the trustees after con- siderable deliberation decided build .n six room brick school on a i portion of the of the present Central School which had been bought from the North West Coal and i Navigation Co. for 1.000. additional lots being purchased iu 1331. at forty j dollars a lot. William Henderson, now mayor of the city, prepared the plans and got the contract for tlie erection of the six room structure for The j school was soon in readiness and was- occupied without any opening Ceremonies. School, Labor Tempie The council was allowed the th.e rooms for a coun- The old property was Gait, pn-sident of the 'ay and Irrigation Co. into the possession of the Empire" Club and was used as a club. VVhrn that club ceased its exi; bv fare known as Westminster School, was opened on the first Monday in January 1906 with- all due ceremony. The building was erected by Smith Bros. Wilson at a cost of upon two acre lots purchased from i C. H. Harding. At first only two f nf Tl.Ic. 1 vj. ulIS fcCilOOiS TIStu nllu some people feared that the four would never be used but inside of two years all were used -and over- crowded so that this year the board of trustees is seriously contemplating the addition of four rooms in the spring. J. M. Redding purchased the old North Ward school and converted Having now fourteen departments the trustees felt that they had suffi- cient accommodation for some time and early in 1907 began to discuss the advisability of securing property on which to erect H .school tn take the place of the old part of the Central which was getting into bar.] shape, j Before anything could be done SCHOOL TRUSTEE SCHOOL TRUSTEE SCHOOL TRUSTEE xise of one of chamber, sold to E. T. Alberta Railw It later cume The Overcrowding became so serious that it was found necessary upon the formation of a kindergarten class in the midsummer of 1007 to rent the Baptist Ohnivh for its accommodation. Property across the street the Central School was secured and Smith Bros, j Wilson at a cost of en-cie.. existence, the property wns acquired I a two room fnuilL' which for by th- Trades and Lnbor Council and I nnd primary classes is the old school building is today well known os the Labor Temple. the best built and equipped in the province. It was opened in December 1907. The trustees were in the mean- time actively engaged in' getting plan? for a big new Central School coin- pu-leu but the of the school population so fast that it wns found necessary to build another small school. our an c Accordingly Jots were purchased on the corner of Smith find Courtland streets and ;i two room movable school was erecn-.i by J. Norman Co., ready for occupation at Easter of year. Only one, room was used but after tho present, holidays both rooms C. B. BOWMAN Secretary-Treasurer of the School Board Pu'qiic will be In tht required. the plan? for the new Central had been prepared by Ellis ;md Connery, of Toronto, to suit tlie board with .some changes due to Alberta weather conditions which were mad.-.' by F. B. Kolfson, of this city, who is tho school board's ar- chitect. He prrpnred the specifica- tions and the debentures hav- ing been sold fit, a good figure, the board called for tenders. Smith Bros. Wilson will erect the building. Win. Head and Co. will put in the Peftse- Wnldon heating and ventilating sys- tem chosen, and McKcnxic Roy will ,do the electric wiring. The. total cost of the building is about which with furnishing will make a total cost of nearly one hundred thousand dollars. The New Centra! Tlie Central School that is now in the course of erection will be one of which the people ,m.iy well proud. Not in all Western Canada, not even excepting the city of Win- nipeg, will there be a larger or more modern public school building. The building is to be ;i three .storey struc- ture with full basement. It will con- tain teaching classrooms, fine large corridors, plenty of small- er rooms for offices library etc. and an auditorium occupying the whole of tlie third storey. The length of the building is 161 feet, G inches and the width Go feet. It. will face on Coutts St. but tlie roar of tiie building facing on BunloUe St. identical with tho front. :ih of pressed brick SCHOOL TRUSTEE b Trimmed with Bedford stone Tlie OLIVER D. AUSTIN drinking fountains in (the corridors of encli (loor. Tho auditorium is 70 x with entrances will have polished marble f' columns and archo.s of Bedford stone. The first and second stories are the same each having six class rooms x 33 by 13 feet high, with cloak- rooms attached, three large corridors nnd four smaller rooms for offices, etc. The lighting and ventilation will be ns perfect as it is possible toj In the basement are the heating rooms and the lavatories, are equipped with the most modern fix- tures, perfectly sanitary and with floors of Ajax plastic flooring. The heating and ventilating will be uune by the latest Poase-Waldon natural draft system, by which the nir in ev- ery part of the building is changed ten to twelve times an hour. As an aid t" in sluggish weath- er there is a large fan driven by an ejectric motor. A.s far as the ing is concerned, it -is remarkably cheap and satisfactory, there being absolutely no waste, the heat, given off by the surface of the boilers and all parts of the plant being used for the rooms. F. B. Rolfson is the ar- chitect in charge and Smith Bros, it .Wilson have the contract for its erec- tion, Tho school will he thoroughly equiped in ever particular making it beyond a doubt, the best school in Western Canada. StaiYord, the superintendent of the first assistant teacher employed wa3 Xorthwest Coal Navigation Co.'s Miss Margaret Dull, then a resident mine, John Craig, and A. Scott to j of the town. As Mrs. Frayne, serve as a board of trustees. Mr. Scott was unable to act so H. F. Greenwood was elected in his place. is now residing Altu. Shortlv at Heaver after, Vv' sh.; Lake third teacher was required A. Mr. Stafford was chosen chairman Dove was employed. He was made and Mr. Urecnwood acted as secreta. j principal of the Xorth school ry for a short time until the first when it was started hi 1S91 but re- teacher B. L. La timer, was sppoint- signed at the end of the same year. ed secretary, a position ha held for Mr. Dove afterwards enierccb the min- several years. In June, 1SS7 Mr. Stafford resigned and the late Rev. Charles McKillop serve out the term, Mr, Craig 1> istry. A. J. Dove was succeeded at the was elected to j Centra! School by Miss, Kennedy who Craig bo-j stayeti only a short time and Miss, coming chairman. He was succeeded Simpson took her place. This estin by Robert 2TCven in wheu H. able tcachor up 'her positio up her position llentley took the pfcce of Rev. Mc-jtwo years later to enter into a lire KUlop. In 18S9 Dr. Mowburn with partnership 'with Mr. Latimer. A (Messrs. Xivcn, and H. Bentley form- 1 fourth teacher being 'required Miss ed the board that started the erection: McKibbin joined the stair in 1801 of the first brick school which was T ,QQl In Ib9i it was derided to make a -union High and Public School, and Larimer's qualifications were not. hijsjh enough H. II. Sidley was appointed master of the high schoo; department and afterwards made completed by the board of 1S90 whicu was composed oi" Messrs, R. -Niven Colpman and H. Macbeth. The next year C. F. P. Conybeare succeeded Mr. Xdven and W. Colpman became chairman, which position he held in 1S92 also. In 1892 the number of trustees increased, who were W. Colp- man. C. F. P. Conybeare, Geo- Brera ner, A. -J. Link and H. Martin. principal of the union school. Ui 189o he resigned and was succeeded by J. A, from Exeter, Out., who, however, had to give up in few months- on account of ill-healtn and K.. McKenzie oi Calgary foi- xvhich board held office during 1893 J lowed, holding the position until except that N. T. Macleod succeeded 1895 when he resigned. Mr. .'cKen- Mr. Colpman. Size of the Board That year a dispute arose as to whether the Lethbridgc district could be designated a "Town School Dis- trict" entitled to live members on the board or a "Schooi 'District" with only three members. The ad- vice of the Department of PubMc In- struction at Hegina and legal ad- vice given by A. Galliher now M. I1, for Kootenay was hi favor of the latter term and board. The members of the new board were therefore the trustees with unexpired terms, viz.. Messrs. Bremner, Link, and Macleod. who was elected chairman. The next year the Board increased to five and was composed of John Bruce, A. J. Gallihnr. Root. Ripley and Geo. Breraner That! year Mr. Bremner resigned and was succeeded by Thos. McXabb, and Kobt. Xinmions was elected in the place of -John Bruce, resigned. The zie is now a prominent citizen, 'jc Edmonton, being mayor -jr the c.'ty the year of the inauguration of the province. The next prin- cipal was C. !j who is at present the local repre- sentative in the Alberta Legislature and the Liberal candidate for the House of Commons. Mr. Simmons occupied the position until midsum- mer of 1899 vhen he started to stu- dy law. His successor was -1 i.russ McCaigr, M.A.. came from Peter- boro. Ont. Mr. McCaigr remained principal until February. 1905, when he was appointed school inspector. When the Alberta government estab- lished the provincial Xormal School In 1906, Mr. McCaig was appointed assistant principal which position he held for a short time only, being made superintendent of the 'Edmon- ton city schools, which position he holds at present. He is acknowledjr- the leading educa- next year Geo. Bremner was again jtionists of the province. on the board and N. T. Macleod was I successor was W. A. Hamilton atrain 'elected but resigned in May, >eiug- succeeded by A. Cotton. Dun- in.? 1S9S. 1899. and 19UO A. J. Link was chairman. T. F. Kirkham and Kobert Ripley were elected in 1S99 and during- the year H. Macbeth ag- ain became a member of the board vice A. Cotton resigned. The board as thus constituted hold office during l.'OO. In 1901 J. H. Fieelwood, the present chairman, and W. D. L. Har- die entered the. board and H. Mac- beth was elected chairman. The next year lleocl wan and M. 13arforr! became chairman, holding who stiil holds the position and is known throughout the country as one of the most successful principals in Alberta. He joined the Lethbrldge staff in September. 1899 as first as- sistant to Mr. McCaig, being placed in charge of the entrance class afterwards sharing with the 'princi- pal the work of the high school de- During the administration oi these three principals schools have made wonderful progress, the trustee boarc! ctt u-iTeiViii timca having- pass- ed resoiuLions of congratulation and j the office until the close of Nu- appreciation of their work. And to- j morons changes took place in 1903. i dav 5t is acknowledged that C. W. Lowther and M. Young, now there is no school in the province i Sheriff Voting, were elected but the: managed with greater efficiency and former immediately resigned. G. W. j success than the Lethbridge schools, Kobin.son was elected but which W. A. Hamilton is the pre- was vacated, because of absence and siding genius. W. L. Hat-die wns again elected. One of the greatest hindrances to Dr. fJnlbraith succeeded Job Reed in the progress of education in the West TJ01 and has-been on the board ever''s tnc constant and frequent changes since. The next year V. W. Dooley 'Ol" teachers. T.ethbridge until recent- aiv.l R. Simmons were elected. This! has had no better luck than the board built the Westminster School.! schools of other places. These short Upon Mr. Bar-ford's retirement in terms of service have been particu- 1906 G, TT. Johnston was elected. larly frequent among the ladies who and was re-elected for 1.908. This' have appointed to the staff. Du- yc-ar J. H. Fleetwood became chair-! ring the two years of Mr. Latimcr's man. a position he continues to hold. At the first rneetim of the 1906 board, the new chairman, on behalf of the board presented Mr. Barford with a framed collection of photos of the retiring board as an expres- j staff absence, his place was taken by Wm. Hose, who remained on the stalT until ISflii. He is now practicing medicine at Gleichen. Miss White -.vns on the for a yenr nnd a half sion of the appreciation of his 'lvas succeeded '.y Mis-: -ra- wed services during the eight stayed until 1395. he was on the board. The 1907 successor, board included Messrs. Flpetwood, Galbraith, Johnston, M, Freeman and IT. Macbeth. The first two re. signed at the end of the year and G. IT. Johnston, Dr. Galbraith, J. S. Stewart and 0. D. Austin were elected to complete the board with Mr. Fleetwood, forming the board now in office. Her Miss Chishoim, remained Next Page.) THE TEACHERS, PAST PRESENT 15 foot ceiling and will seat six hun- dred people. At the ends will be an- terooms, dressing rooms, and store- ThE TRUSTEE BOARDS Many of Lethbridge's busiest men have found time to devote a good deal of attention to the affairs of the schools. When Lethbridgc Protestant public Public School District No. was first organized in 1886, the go- have them. There will be sanitary and ventilating plant, two large play' vcrnmcnt appointed the. late William Thc Lcthbridge schools have almost invariably been blessed with a strong staff of teachers. Very occasionally hits occasion arisen demanding ony action on the part of the School Board to get rid of any toucher. B. L. Latimer, the first teacher that young Lethbridge had, with the school for twelve from to 1898. except for three months leave of absence, d'.rinir which A, B. Stafford supplied for him, and for two years between 1891 and 1893. During several years of ihis engagement he acted as secretary for tho board. Mr. Latimer is now a prosperous real estate dealer in Victoria., B.C., having been previous- ly editor of papers in Hamiota, Man. and Lacombo, Alta. As previously mentioned, the first J. Chairman H. FLEETWOOD of the Public Board School ;