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1957: School board faced with teacher shortage

Posted on July 21, 2015 by 40 Mile Commentator

Down Memory Lane #214
By Fred Mellen
These items were taken from the August 15, 1957 issue of the Bow Island Graphic Newspaper.
Bow Island
– Mr. and Mrs. Maurice DeVloo entertained at a family dinner last week in honor of Gordon’s birthday. Out of town guests were his grandparents, the Anton Carlson’s of Medicine Hat, Karl Rasmusson of Medicine Hat, Mrs. Paul Noga of Seven Persons and Mrs. K. Babe.
– Combining started south of town last week on Thatcher wheat and on one particular farm the wheat was yielding about 20 bushels per acre, and about 60 pounds to the bushel.
– Mr. and Mrs. John Tunstall enjoyed as their guests over the weekend, Mrs. Tunstall’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Smith of Evsham, Sask.
– Teachers from England Relieve Shortage:
With three weeks left until school opening there are still five vacancies in the School Division – two short in Bow Island; two in Burdett and one in Foremost. In an effort to have a full staff of teachers this year, the Board advertised in England and were successful in obtaining the applications from 12 teachers, two of whom will be in Foremost and one in Bow Island. Because of the teacher shortage the school at Winnifred has been closed and the sixteen children from grades one to six will be vanned to Bow Island along with High School students. The following is a list of teachers engaged so far by the Board. Bow Island – Dave Pickard, Principal; Ben Halbert, Vice Principal; Mrs. Halbert, Elroy Brosz, Cliff Cummins who has been transferred from Conquerville; John Berney of England, Mrs. Win Evans, Vice Principal; Charles Stevens of Medicine Hat; Mrs. B. Cummins, Mrs. E. Livingston of Sask; Mrs. Meyers, Mrs. H. Simpson and Mrs. Iris Coffman. Burdett – Mrs. D. Morrison, Janet Neal, V. Magnussen. Foremost – Fred Enns, Principal; Walter Rowley, Vice Principal; Mrs. P. Geldreich, Mrs. M. Hadlington, Mrs. H. Dillenbeck, Donald Truss and Jean Truss both of whom are from England, Mrs. E. Denny, Mrs. McPhail, Julia Szaniszlo, Janet Barret, Mrs. A. Dedlingback (should this be Dillenbeck?)
– New ‘Shop’ Buildings Added to Schools
It will be a happy group of boys who start back to school this fall who plan to take Shop in Bow Island, Conquerville for Foremost, the modern new shop buildings have been completed by Balby Construction of Lethbridge and the equipment will be moved in this week. The school includes one large workshop, a drafting room and office, and will be equipped to teach electricity, blacksmithing, mechanics, woodworking and tin smithing, the latter two only were taught last year. The old shop building will be used as a repair shop and storage place. Mr. Jones will again spend two days each at Bow Island and Foremost with only one day of classes at Conquerville. Students will be taken from grades eight to eleven and if there is sufficient room for them, grade 12 as well. It is expected that by next year a full time teacher will be required.
– John Sytsma one of the Grade 1X Students has been going around singing this week after receiving his Examination Results and justifiably so. He not only worked with his father in the Bakery full time but in order to do so had to take his Grade 1X by correspondence from Edmonton; writing his examinations at school along with other students Congratulations John!!
That’s all for this week. This has been another Stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen.

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