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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 15, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE WEEKLY HERALD Lethbridge's Public School Syst em CONTINUED FROM THE PREVIOUS PAGE only a year and was followed by Miss W. M. Wilson who gave the school good service for three years and is still, a resident of the city, being now Sirs'. W. C. Simmons. j The growth of the school popuia- i tion demanded u constant increase of the staff. Miss Hug-gins and .Miss Mclntyre, now Mrs. A. li. Stafford of this city, were appointed in 1896, the former being in charge of the North Ward school until .Mr. Latimer i resigned when rhe took xhe entrance class and Miss 'Davis took the sehiul across the track. Miss Morris suc- ceeded Miss Me'fntyre in 1898 and beginning of 1899 and later succeed- ed Miss Davis in thy North Ward. Miss McVicar joinetl the staff as an extra teacher in 1899. Miss G-ries- bach took Miss Huggins' class at the beginning of 1899 and Intsr succeed- ed Miss Davis in the North vVurd an-t later was transferred to the Central School, Miss Morris and MV'-- McClure quit in 1900 an THE NEW CENTRAL SCHOOLTROV! THE ARCHITECT'S DESIGN an to their power to provide the books free to the students but the power to b.> so generous was denied them. In 1694 the board appealed against the regulation prohibiting boys un- der eighteen and girls under sixteen try examination for non-profes- sional certificates were .successful. I The action of Chairman Fleetwood j in initiating the Provincial Associa- j tion o; School Boards is recognized I as one of the best moves made in the Laying the FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL IN LETHBRIDGE, LABOR TEMPLE NOW KNOWN AS THE province for the advancement of ed ucation. He was appointed the pro- visional chairman of the first conven- tion and he and Trustee Johnston represented the local board at that j meeting. (.-rorn Friday's Daily.) Before a large crowd of several j hundred people who assembled yesterday afternoon to see the interesting ceremony, the corner stone of the Central School their classes .given to Miss E. 'E. McClure and Blair Rip- ley. Miss McClure has served the school ever since with the exception of a year und a half when ill-health prevented her teaching. Miss Mc- Clure as a primary- teacher has the reputation of being one of the best term and Miss Hollinghead remain- ed a year, being succeeded by Miss crarten speedily became the most in- The present board is fully eogniz- teresting and popular feature of the j ant of .the' position attained by Leth- Furse who resigned this summer after j school. While the splendid kinder-'bridge as an educational centre and I W. A. HAMILTON Superintendent of City Schools two or three primary teachers in the province. Mr. Hipley remained on the staff for two years and is now a civil engineer in the employ of the Canadian Pacific Railway, at present being one of the engineering stafi" in charge of the building of the great bridge that the C. P. II. is building1 over the Belly River at this point, j Amonff other teschers who' were 'on j the staff about this time were Miss A. L. McClure who tanirht less than Miss Gray who taught throe years. Miss a graduate of the local schools, and still as Mrs. Blair a resident of tin's city. Mis? Tyner whose lasted three years. Flec-twood. daughter of the present chairman, who taught ia the North Ward school for two af- terwards Mrs. George Mc- Lean, of this city and Miss Nellie Brown who stayed a little over a year. Miss Scott and Miss Middiemiss serv- ed short terms in 1904 and 1995. High School Staff The High School requiring a larger staff, Jas. Morgan, B. A., was appoint- ed to the staff in 1904 and is still a valued member of the staff both as teacher and assistant principal. In 1906 still more assistance was requir- ed in this department and Miss E. three years of faithful service. Most of the ladies who were appoint ed in 1905 and afterwards are still on duty, The exceptions being Miss Maud Addy who taught a term prev- ious to her marriage to J. F. Hamil- ton of this city and Miss Joslyn whose health compelled her to resign this summer after a broken term of work. After the rearrangement made ne- cessary by resignation of Prin. Mc- 'Caig 1905, Geo. Sharks was put in charge of Standard IV class. He was succeeded in June, 1906 by 0. D. Aus- tin -who resigned in 1907, and is now of the School Board. His place was taken by R. R. David- i son at present principal of Westmin- j ster School. At the beginning of the j present year C. E. Brandow took charge of the entrance class and Miss Shannon succeeded Mr. Davidson in the next form lower. In H. G. Lone was appointed j principal of the Westminster School and upon his resigning to take charge of the Lacombe district for the Bell Telephone Co. W. C. Rogers was ap- pointed. He was succeeded by Mr. Davidson at the beginning of the pre- sent- VfiJir. garten school was being built the are prepared to maintain that posi- classes met in the Baptist Church but' tion. The'erection of the new Cen- since last December have .had their i tral School is an evidence of that fact. own school which is a model of its kind. The drill and ealisthenie exercises The next move is the formation of a regular high school which will be done as soon as the provincial gov- have been conducted by -E. Oxland, i eminent makes provision for such and keen competition for the silver r schools. It is the intention of the cups presented by Mayor Henderson'_______________________________ ha? under Mr. Oxland's instructor- led to splendid results. Taking all departments into con- sideration the school is most efficient- ly manned, for. as Inspector Brown in a recent report said, "There is not a weak teacher on the staff." This is a good deal say of a staff of eighteen teachers. The reputation of the school is such that the best tea- chers of the different provinces are applying for positions and the board is putting forth efforts to make con- ditions such that teachers want to re- main. School Secretaries of the Board A giva't deal of the success of the work of a school board depends upon the secretary-treasurer and in that respect the local boards have been very fortunate. B. L.. Latimer held 1201 r.rt'1 I was chily, truly and iitly laid by Rev. George If. Calgary, Most Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alberta, A. F. A. M., assisted by M. W. Bros. 0. W. Keely of Medicine Hat. Past Grand Master, H. S. McLeod of Calgary, Grand Senior Warden, Hon. Bro. II. L. Tweed of Medicine Hat, Grand Junior Warden, Hon. Bro. R. H. Finch of Calgary, Grand Tyler, and Hon. Bro. Hugh Scot I. of Lethbridge District Deputy Grand Master. About one hundred and fifty members of the North Star Lodge and the Leth- bridge Lodge headed by the Lethbridge City Band marched in full regalia from the Masonic Hall to the school grounds. After the members of the order had assembled on the platforms built for them, Mayor Henderson on behalf of the city welcomed the Grand Lodge! officers to the city in a brief speech.' Worshipful Master Hogbin in reply accepted the welcome, and expressed just completed. He was personally interested in the laying of the corner- stone of such a building as he had been a teacher since he was fifteen years of age. He expressed surprise that the School Board of Lethbridge saw fit to abandon such a building as the old school tor a new one but in this action he saw gratifying proof that Lethbridge was a, growing city and with the other cities and towns was taking its part in forming a nation in Western Canada which would in a few years rulp all Cana- da. There is no work in which the Masonic order can take greater inter- est than in that of education. Their one sole aim is the betterment of man, woman, and child, physically, morally and in every other way. (There was no duty more strongly I emphasized than the care, education, and influence over the young. With-1 in a generation in their hands will j be the moulding, of the opinion and j influence of the country. j Mr. then spoke of the work j of the public school teachers declar-i ing that what they are doing js not j recognized as it should be and as aj result of this teachers are scarce, j "Young- men and womon go to coun- try schools where often there are no congenial spirits burying themselves and we give them 'he asked. "Forty, fifty or sixty dollars a month, which does not begin to rec- ompense them for what they are do- ing. The sooner they are properly recognized the better." He hoped and "is a memorable day in Lethbridge for the good work done but a etill greater work will be done if the work clone today, is an earnest of the build ing of the character of the youtb believed that the Lethbridge Board that will be accomplished in the would recognize and support their teachers properly. Chairman Fleetwood school. The embellishments of edu- cation are good but if we are to be then called great and keep the prestige we "have; upon Dr. Galbraith, chairman of the school management committee to present the handsome silver trowel to Mr. Hogbin. This, on behalf of the Board, the doctor, did in a very gracious speech- in. which he said that such a work one that any order j would be proud to do an tie building would bring honor discredit to the to the holders ALD. H. MACBETH Former Chairman cf the School Board r t: Central School and their pleasure at being present upon such an occasion. He hoped that the performance of the duties of thejr an- cient craft would reflect credit alike upon the school, the city and their ancient order. On behalf of the School Board, Bro. J. H. Fleetwood, chairman of the Board, expressed" their welcome- to MY. Hogbin and the other mern- j bers of the Grand Lodge. The ad- dress was briefly acknowledged. After a. prayer to Almighty God, the Great Architect of the Universe, tng Grsnd registrar 0. W. Keely was called upon to read the scroll which was deposited in the receptacle un- der the cornerstone. The Grand Treasurer, Thos. McK'abb of this city deposited the coins of the nation, '1-1 part ofjwhi'h followed by Pmariner God; Save the King. The stone being low- that it would ever a temple of peace." Mr. Hogbins acceptance was fittingly spoken. W. C. Simmons, M.P.F., and fonder ly principal of the being call- ed upon acknowledged the honor done in being' asked to participate in a memorable event, and extend- ed his congratulations to the School Board. said Mr. Simmons, as a peopl.e we must lay the founda- tions of character in. the children- This; being done in Alberta and Leth- bridge is at the head of the province in this matter." Mr. Simmons regretted that so ma- ny parents are willing to leave the trusted j whole matter of the child's education to the teacher and stated that If -we are to succeed ia building up but Her the teachers must have the co-op- eration of every parent. "If the An- glo Saxon race" said Mr. in conclusion, "is to remain the lead- ing power in the world it must ed- ucate its people and maintain their character." The final blessing was invoked by the Grand Master and the ceremony closed with the singing of "The Ma- ple Leaf." 1 fi 04-nJ-innnnii n i ncoLCI iiuiauuiicPjf uu. LIMITED fit cred to position by Alex. Smith, of the Bnrford wing to serve as', a high school for the present. The four rooms will provide j a class room for each of the three high school standards with one room i Nabb and Kqely to test the stone to for the science classes. In the course I see if it architectually true. This Smith Bros. Wilson. "who are build ing the school. Senior Grand Warden McLeod caJled upon Bros. Tweed. Me- Just ARRIVED Meli school will be I erected. THE COURTLAND ST. SCHOOL at present on Ximmons, a -The other teachers staff are Miss daughter of former trustee R. mons and a graduate of the Leth- bridge schools, Miss Ethel Addy who joined the staff in 1906, Miss Macdon- ald who came last New Years, Miss MacKay whose service dates from 1106, Miss McCtilloch a local graclu- ue and Miss Taylor, both recently ippointed and Miss Preston who has h ul ,charge of the Courtland street Miss Shannan of Sotiris. Van.', and Miss Boles o: Ingorsoll, will join the staff after the holi- days. The Lethbrulcre school has always b eii progressive. A striking instance of this is the establishment- of a kin- i rsrarrf-n in the spring of 1907, al- iVujgh the provincial regulations n uie no provision for the rccogni- i ded to have one, the first board tne province to were fortunate do R. R. DAVIDSON Principal of the Westminster School ing. Miss A. M. ford to take chargt Robb, of Strat- and the kinder- was succeeded by J. S. Alexander who gave it up in a few months. Ph. Vibert, manager of the Union Bank was secretary-treasurer for thirteen years until 1005, when his removal to Calgary necessitated his resignation. Since-that time the present capable j and careful secretary-treasurer, C. B. Bowman, has rendered the board ev- ery service; required. The Work of the Boards A review of the history of the diff- erent scliol thnt the ad-j vnue.e policy .always been :idvo-1 catrd. Only once was it otherwise j and that was back in when the; j board gi'i so economical that they! cut down thf of the teachers. Fortunately the of hard times] soon jKi.--.ied and the tcjiclvrs ;o their former ii'-'uiv.! When the school was lirst. started! the bonrd adopted the policy this year! taken up by lh" Alberta government.; viz.. providing free text bonks. Tlifj law compelled them to abandon til. policy, however. But in 1003, tin board made further inquiries of department and consulted lawyer.-, will be the erection of an addition to Westminster School doubling its ca- pacity. This will in all probability be dor.e next spring as the rooms in already overcrowded. Lethbridge are proud of their school? and are prepared to that school The peopl- they did with the plumb rule, level and square respectively. W. G- W. Hogbin then applied the mal- let and declared the stone well made and truly lain. He then strewed corn upon it as the sign of plenty, poured wine, sig- nificant of cheerfulness, and oil of comfort and consolation upon the stone after which he uttered a prayer back up the board of trustees in their that the blessings thus signified efforts to keep and advance the. pres-1 might attend every effort made in ent high standard. Good schools and I the building and in the work to be plenty of them is the wish of the done in the school after its comple- people of this city and any action tion. Led by Grand Director of Cer- toward this end will be heartily ap-1 emoroies Hugh Scott, the assembled proved by the ratepayers. brethren gave honor to the building j nine times. Mr. Hogbin then presented F. B. Rolfson. the architect of the school, with the plans and the implements Applied to the.stone, with good wish-j I cs for his success. The address of the day was a splen did speech by tho Most Worshipful Grand Master. Tie. expressed plea- that he as a representative of o! the Grand Lodge of AMberta was privileged to perform the ceremony R. Ells B. A., was appointed, She remained only a short time and was succeeded by Miss M. V. Bennett, who is still on the staff and carrying on the good work. The present High School staff in- cluding Principal Hamilton, Mr. Mor gan and Miss Bennett is a strong ag- gregation of teachers, the results of whose work is to a certain extent in the results of the departmental ex- aminations, where they always pass a greater number of their pupils thn.n does any school of similar or greater number in the province, Another local teacher was appointed J in 1904 when Miss Nellie Kinniburg I was put in charge of the primary j class of the North Ward school, which j position she holds still. Miss New- ton was a member of the staff for two years, Miss Streight stayed only one THE KINDERGARTEN Picture Post Cards and up-to-date stock Dresden Art, Leather, etc. C. F. P. CONY8EARE, K.C., D.C.L. One of the Early Members of the Schoo! Board THE ARCHITECT The architect in charge of the build ing of the school in F. B. Rolfson oi this city. Mr. Rolfson has been prac lising his profession for over two years in Lethbridge. He got his training in the University of Utah and by a special course with a Penn- sylvania college. ON SEARCH FOR-POLE New York, July that his quest for the north pole would bf .successful, Commander Peary left for Svrlnoy, B. C., where he will join his steamer, the, Roosevelt, that left here Monday on the- long journey to the. northern ice fields. Commander Pear- ry will spend a day at his home in Portland Maine, and will journey on to Sydney where he expects to arrive either next Monday or Tuesday. Fancy Paper Nap- kins Celluloid Eye Shades Seccotine i Sticks anything School Exercise Books Lock Pencil Boxes Pencil Sharpeners Binding Cases Wire Card Racks REV. CANON HOGBIN Grand Master of the Masonic Order, Who Laid the Corner Stone of the New Central School All Kinds of Printing, Rubber Stamps, Engraving, etc. Our PRINTING PLANT is situated on the premises NO ORDER TOO -LARGE NO ORDER TOO SMALL Western Stationery Co, LIMITED Lethbridge Alta. ;