Woodnorth (Manitoba) Consolidated School #1533 Board Minutes 1918 to 1920
July 12, 2019: To preserve, as historical records, the Woodnorth Manitoba School Board Minutes – the regular meetings, the Annual Meetings, and the Ledgers of Accounts I have started to scan and post them here. There are several books, covering the period from 1918 to the late 1950s. The writing is quite clear and legible when written in ink but at times the recorder used a light pencil and it is more difficult to decipher. Later, I will work at transcribing the records but my priority is making and posting the scans. The meetings seem to have been held on an as-needed basis rather than on a regular schedule so sometimes there are fairly large gaps between meetings.
Thanks to Grant Shoemaker, also a former student at Woodnorth, and whose father A.E. Shoemaker (1915-1988) was a School Board Trustee, for preserving the Minute Books and Account Books and passing them on to me for this project.
The current postings show the regular School Board meeting Minutes from 31 July 1918 through 26 December 1951 in groups of about three to five years so the files are not too big and too slow to load. ~Pamela Forsyth
Anyone interested in more GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WOODNORTH, including a number of photos of school classes, other people, buildings, and community events may want to click through to another secion of this website:
The first Woodnorth School, one room with fourteen students and a teacher, Miss H.J. Haw, was established in 1910. This information comes from the community history “Trails Along the Pipestone”, p724, which also includes a photograph of the class and teacher. The Minutes from that time are not in my possession so they are not included here. The list of “Receipts and Expenditures” is, however, and will be listed below, after the Minutes from 1918 to 1952. The School Inspector’s report, dated Oct 19, 1915, a single sheet enclosed in one of the Minute Books is available. It is addressed to the Secretary of the School Board at the time, Donald Cameron (1878-1941), a farmer in the area (and my maternal grandfather):
Transcription: Sir, You are requested to communicate to the Trustees the following remarks respecting the result of my official visit to your school on the above date: Enrolled 28 – present 18. You have a full school now and when the older pupils come in for the winter Miss Martin will have a very heavy school. The School cannot afford to do High School and I have reported to the Department against it. Miss Martin continues to do good work in the school. The several subjects are receiving due attention. The discipline is good. I see the remnants of a fine garden. The caretaking of the school is poor. Surely this can be improved. I note that one closet has been moved. This is good. Yours truly, A. J. Hatcher.
A few years after this report a neighbouring school to Woodnorth, Daybreak, burned down and the two comunities decided to consolidate their schools. A new School Board was formed, the Woodnorth Consolidated School #1533. Below are the Minutes from the first meeting on July 31, 1918 and continuing through two old Minute Books to the end of 1951. The school expanded over time to three rooms as more students enrolled, eventually offering grades one through eleven. The Minutes trace that progression. The Minutes and Account books also combine to offer a complete list of the teachers who worked at the Woodnorth School from 1910 through 1952.
Woodnorth School ceased to operate in June 1968. Students from the area have since then been bused to Virden schools, some fourteen miles distant. I do not know where the Minutes from those last years 1952 – 1968 are located but hope that they have been deposited with the Department of Education or the Manitoba Provincial Archives.
The Trustees serving at the initial meeting on July 31, 1918 were:
- John Henry STEPHENSON (1858-1945) – Chairman
- Joseph Pattinson RICHARDSON (1881-19?) – Secretary Treasurer
- Edward Albert MOONEY (1876-1928)
- Donald Duncan CAMERON (1878-1941)
- Walter Ridgeway PALMER (1886-1919)
School Board Minutes 31 July 1918
Minutes – First meeting of Trustees Woodnorth Consolidated School #1533 held in the School Room 31st July 1918. Present. J.H. Stephenson, E.A.Mooney, D.D.Cameron, Walter Palmer & J.P. Richardson.
Moved by E.A.Mooney & Seconded by J.P. Richardson, that J.H. Stephenson be elected Chairman. Carried.
M/S D.D.Cameron/W. Palmer, that J.P. Richardson be appointed Secretary Treas. Carried.
All Trustees took Oath of Office & placed signed declaration with Secretary Treasurer.
M/S D.D.Cameron/ E.A. Mooney, that the Expenditure be applied for as levied. Carried.
M/S E.A.Mooney/W. Palmer, that the Secretary be authorized to secure the necessary Books, etc. Carried.
M/ S W. Palmer /E.A.Mooney, that the secretary phone E.N.Moyer Ltd School Supplies. Carried.
M/S E.A.Mooney/J.H. Stephenson, that the Secretary Treasurer secure the following Grant from Council: Salaries, $1600. Sinking Fund $100. Interim debentures $78, Furnishings & Repairs $200. Transportation $1000, Fuel $150, Sundrys $150. Copy of levy attached. Carried
Meeting adjourned. [Signed] J.P. Richardson, Sec. Treas. & J.H. Stephenson, Chairman
8 August 1918
Minutes of meeting held in School 8th August 8 PM
Present. All Trustees. Minutes of last meeting read & adopted as read.
M/S E.A. Mooney/D.D. Cameron, that we accept the application of the Misses Westernsons (sp?) of Principal & Assistant subject to approval Dept of Education. Carried.
M/S J.P. Richardson/W. Palmer, that the School accounts be placed with the Union Bank of Canada, Virden. Carried.
M/S E.A. Mooney/D.D.Cameron that the Secy Treas be instructed to deal with Mr. Wm Brough in purchasing of Hall for 2nd School & to offer him $800 cash with the privilege of taking out petitions. Carried.
Meeting then adjourned. [Signed] J.P. Richardson, Secretary Treasurer, J.H. Stephenson, Chairman
13 August 1918
Minutes of meeting held in School 13th August 1918.
All trustees present. Minutes of last meeting read and adopted as read.
M/S E.A.Mooney/D.D. Cameron, that we order from E.N. Moyer the following supplies – 20 Desks, Teacher’s desk, Chair, Globe & other necessary supplies. Carried.
M/S J.P. Richardson/D.D.Cameron that the Trustees borrow up to $1000 to meet current expenses. Carried.
M/S J.P. Richardson/W.Palmer that the Van Routes as mapped out by Trustees be approved & advertised for drivers. Carried.
Meeting adjourned. [signed] J.P. Richardson, Secretary Treasurer, and J.H. Stephenson, Chairman.
31 August 1918
Minutes of meeting held in School 31 August 1918. All Trustees except W. Palmer present. Minutes of last meeting read and adopted as read.
Tenders for Van Routes opened and tabled for present.
M/S EA Mooney/DD Cameron, that the Chairman and Secretary Treasurer be authorized to draw down funds as required.
M/S DD Cameron/EA Mooney that Bylaw No. 1 borrowing $1000 for current expenses be passed. Carried.
M/S EA Mooney/JP Richardson, that we purchase School Van from York School District for $125 & that the Secretary Treasurer be instructed to pay same. Carried. Copy of ByLaw attached.
Meeting then adjourned. [Signed] JP Richardson Secretary Treasurer & JH Stephenson Chairman.
4 October 1918
Minutes of meeting held in the School Friday evening 4 October 1918. All Trustees present. Minutes of last meeting read and adopted as read.
Letter from Inspector Beveridge giving school report read.
M/S EA Mooney/DD Cameron, that Jas. Taylor’s tender for NorthWest School Route be accepted the rate per day $5.25. $100 to be retained as Contract Bond out of first month’s earnings. Carried
M/S JP Richardson/W Palmer, that the Secretary Treasurer offer Wm McD? $3.75 per day to drive the North route. Carried
M/S JP Richardson/DD Cameron, that we offer James Cochrane $3.50 for the driving of the South route. Carried.
M/S EA Mooney/DD Cameron that Thomas Dexter’s offer to light fires and sweep schools for 75 cents per morning be accepted. Schools to be swept out in evening and to be at a temperature of 65 degrees at opening hour.
Meeting adjourned. [signed] JP Richardson Sec. Treasurer, JH Stephenson, Chairman
25 October 1918
26 Nov 1918
17 December 1918
28 January 1919
8 February 1919
17 March 1919
16 April 1919
29 May 1919
Woodnorth, Man. 29 May 1919. Minutes of meeting held in School. Trustees all present. Minutes of last meeting read & adopted as read. Both teachers present & lodged complaint regarding conduct & language by the Leech children while at school.
Moved & seconded that the Secretary [ ? contact] Wm Leech & warn him of same & ask guarantee of good conduct & unless same be forthcoming children will be expelled. Carried
Moved by D.D.Cameron& seconded by E.A.Mooney that we borrow enough money to cover all outstanding debts. Carried.
Meeting adjourned. [signed by] J.P. Richardson, Secretary Treasurer & J.H. Stephenson, Chairman.
2 June 1919
13 June 1919
27 June 1919
12 July 1919
25 July 1919
9 August 1919
7 October 1919
3 November 1919
8 December 1919
20 Dec 1919
19 February 1920
22 March 1920
22 June 1920
26 July 1920
4 Aug 1920
24 August 1920 & 27 October 1920
1 December 1920 and 13 December 1920
8 Jan 1921