Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada

Estevan- Central School

3rd School in Estevan

CENTRAL SCHOOL nicknamed the Stone School, for obvious reasons.

Estevan Public School District #257

Colorized Postcard of Central School
Donated to me by Volker Tobias, who lived in Estevan

Located on SW Corner, 3rd St, 13th Ave

1912 Map shows the location of the High School at that time

1914 Board of Trade Booklet

The Post Office, Federal Building, was built and located on this site, prior to it's move north, a couple of blocks.

Weddings even took place in this building.

First Teacher- Mr Freeman
Constructed in 1894, by Mr George Rooks, master stonemason.
In Pictures above, part on left, at rear, was built first, and used as a School in 1895

Apr 11, 1895
Mr. R. E. McCullough (alt spelling- Mr. McCulloch from Regina) was the teacher.
Mr W. E. Ellis in Dec 26, 1967 Leader Post article said one of the early teachers was Bert McCullough. same guy?
He also said Mr. Freeman was an early teacher, which fits line above.
He also remembered a Murdock McLean as an early teacher. Was this the Mr. McLean that opereated an early hotel in Estevan?
Mr. Ellis claimed first teacher in Estevan was a Mr. Wilson, which fits my First school history.

Front, right part was built less than 10 years later, by a Mr John Phillips


Mr. A. E. McKay became Principal of Central School
Alexander Edward McKay
b- Dec 19, 1873, Brussels, Grey Co. ON
d- Oct 18, 1952 in Estevan Hospital, Estevan SK, age 78
buried in Estevan City Cemetery
married Isabella (Isabel) (Isabelle) Wilson Gillies Aug 16, 1899 Mount Forest, ON
b- Aug 1873 d- Mar 24, 1958, age 84
buried in Estevan City Cemetery
Alexander Started teaching school at Mount Forest, ON, in 1894
He Came West to Regina in 1899
He attended Normal School in Regina in 1899
Taught school at Winlaw for 4 years before coming to Estevan
His obit says Gainsbourough School?
He taught school in Estevan for about 4 years before going into the Lumber Business
He retired in 1935 from the lumber business in Estevan
In 1907 he became a member and Secretary of the School Board
He was member of the Collegiate Board 1912-1924

June 16, 1905 they were given legal permission to borrow $6,000 to build the addition to the Stone School.
Treasurer's Address at that time- H. L. Jordan, Estevan Assiniboia

It housed Both Elementary and High School Classes, Until Jan 21, 1914 when ECI opened.
First High School Principal- (Dr) John Henry McKechnie (1907-1910)
He became Deputy Minister of Education in SK

1917- Miss Gladys M. R. Scott was grade 2 teacher here

before 1938- Mrs. Clendenan, nee Hall, was a teacher here. date unknown
b- Leeds Co., ON
she came to Estevan in 1910 daughter of Mrs. O. Hall
her husband M. L. Clendenan was born in Lindsay ON, arrivied in Estevan in 1906

1937- S. McLeod- Principal

Teacher- date before 1940- Pearl McDonald who became wife of Dr. Harrison Mullet.

1946- Grades 7 and 8 were moved to the Collegiate (ECI) where the gymnasium was converted to 2 classrooms
1946 Principal-
Marion Dow
Miss Southward
Miss Pearl Morine
Miss Irene Lincoln
Miss E. (Irma?) Hildebrand
1946 ad SD #257-for grade 3 teacher at Central School- $1300.00 salary


Officially closed Oct 3, 1955 when Westview School was opened.


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