BARICH SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716, MEADOW PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716 - One room School Project


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BARICH SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716
1910-1927
SW corner and NW 1/4 of Sec 31 T 15 R 9 W3
Near Grid Road 612 (2.9 km E)
Morse, SK

MEADOW PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716
1927-1953
SW 6 16 9 W3
Near Grid Road 612 (3.0 km ESE)
Township Road 160 Range Road 3100
Latitude & Longitude 50.313636 -107.236379
Near Morse, SK
Rural Municipality Lawtonia 135
Province of Saskatchewan, Canada
Photos of School District 2716


BARICH SD 2716   1910-1927    SW 1/4 Sec 31 T15 R 9 W 3rd

MEADOW PRAIRIE SD 2716  1927-1953  SW 1/4 Sec 6 T 16 R 9 W 3rd

by Merle Fonger Harrison 

 

"The formation of Barich S.D. No. 2716 were made by Lewis L Rinde and Steve Barich, Oscar Miller who form themselves into a committee of 3 and form the district and the boundary was drawn and included the following sections in 

T15 R 9 Sec 28-29-30-31-32-33  [Lawtonia] T15 R10 Sec 25-26-35-36 & NW 1/4  24 [Coulee]    T 16 R 9  Sec 4-5-6-7-8-9  [Morse]   T16 R 10 Sec 1-2-11-12  [Excelsior] west of the 3rd M."                So read the minutes in the fall of 1910.

Three pioneers joined together in one common cause. In 1909, Lewis & Georgina (Beadle) Rinde arrived with their small family to this district.  Lewis Rinde was the first secretary of the school district.  They operated the mail service, known as the Rinde Post Office.  Because the trail to it was an isolated one, along the western boundary of the RM of Lawtonia,  it was dubbed "The Hungry Run" by couriers of the day.  The Rinde family left the area around 1920.  Arriving in 1908,  Stephen Barich was a bachelor, who resided across the road from the site the school would be built on.  Little is told about him, except he had built a big barn, and that during World War I "he went down with his ship" to an early death.  Although no mention is made of how the name was selected, it is obvious that it was named Barich for him.  Oscar Miller, as a young widower with seven children, trucked with team and horses from North Dakota in 1910 after the death of his wife Rosa.  He lived until 1941 in this school district.   These three homesteaders must have had great visions indeed for their chosen homes in a new land! 

Recorded during the next two years are the events of electing trustees, setting a levy, borrowing funds, and securing land, which in April, 1911, read "... that Richard Donnelly agree to donate free of charge for School ground one (1) acre on the SW corner and NW 1/4 of Sec 31 T 15 R 9...".   Expenditures were duly noted, from the buildings to curtains, and authorizing the purchase of  "... 1 dust pan, 1 wash basin, soap & towels, 1 looking glass, comb, 1/2 doz. scissors, sewing cards ..." and fixing salaries.  And when all of these details were taken care of, the first teacher was hired in June of 1912.  One can hear the voices of children as they cross the prairie school yard to the resounding call of the hand held bell!

An excerpt from the 1913 minutes reads "...when dances are held in the school house, that whoever get order on permit to have a dance must have a written order from 2 of the trustees before the key can be obtained..."  Providing an education then, as now, was costly and all meetings held discussions of levy (8 1/2 cents per acre), whether to dig a well,  line the barn, or build a fence, but  being patriotic, they bought a flag - the Union Jack - and pole.  A fire guard was ploughed  around the school house. In 1914, some concern about closing the school was expressed.  By 1917 the levy was 10 cents an acre, and moving the school was under discussion: a motion to move was defeated: "...20 against and 7 in favor..." But by 1921, a delegate was elected as part of the procedure as this was now a matter in the School Act.

The name was changed from Barich to Meadow Prairie and filed with the Gazette in 1923. The process of relocating the school to the centre of the district was voted on in February, 1926 and the final vote was to build a new school. It  seems that there were many stormy sessions preceding this change.  In October, 1926, A.R. Fonger and A. Milne  "... to  go to Regina on behalf of the school board and interview the Dept. of Education in regard to injunction served on the school board ... take all necessary books and papers ... for consultation..."  It was a  full year later when  Richard Donnelly's  bid to purchase the existing school was accepted and the agreement of contract for the new school site ( also from Richard Donnelly) was made, which was SE corner of SW1/4 Sec 6 T16 R9 W3. Difficulties must have been resolved as the trustees met on May 30 and June 11, 1927 to  "...accept the tender of Frank Thomson on the new school  to be completed August 10th 1927 ... $4250.00 ... with the following extras:  metal ceiling, double flue for furnace, steel coal shute, craftsman doors, slate black board and 25' steel flag pole..."  There was also to be hardwood floors and the possibility of becoming a two room school in the future.  All former pupils agree that this was a very fancy school: " ... there were even indoor bathrooms," as one said, "something the old school sure didn't have!" 

 

Subsequently   "...contract for moving school barn to  new site let to John Jeffries Sr for $40.00..." and the  "...two school closets be sold for $10.00 to MacLeod Bros..."  

A Historical Set of McConnell Maps No. 16 for $49.50 was ordered, probably an expensive purchase considered essential to education, as was the  "minimum science equipment"  bought later.   In 1930, lightning rods were added.  The school district received money by levy from the municipalities of Lawtonia, Morse, Excelsior and Coulee, which in 1934 was 6 mills.  The subject of finance was apparently a continual concern, and the minutes recorded payments on debentures, for operational items such as coal and school supplies as well as oft complained about "high" salaries, which included janitorial duties;  borrowing money:  "...$120.00 dated November 20, 1934 was borrowed from Dept. of Education at 6% to pay a salary..."   Many decisions! 

  Although the minutes of the first 25 years record in detail the nominations of trustees, financial concerns, and construction and maintenance of buildings, there is the  occasional mention of discipline problems by teachers, supplying noon lunches, the annual Christmas tree, charging for the use of the school for dances, "...that the barn was not to be played in..."  and various illness and adversity of the small country schools.  One can read between the lines and vividly see those trustees serious in discussion either at the school or someone's kitchen table, probably with the odd clenched fist.   Memories are told by Rita Jeffrey Redpath, who started grade one at Barich, and later to Meadow Prairie to complete all of her ten grades.  She says "... she  walked to school with the teacher, who often boarded at their house."  Later on, walking with her family, she says  "... it was nice taking different trails to school - coulees, hills, a creek in spring after snow and rain..."  Her mother  "...played the organ and spent may hours chording  for the violin players..."  and "...one teacher taught Scottish and Irish dances..."  Esther Andres Gerl remembers  "... always a picnic at the end of the school year, which all the people of the district came to.  There were ball games and horseshoes, races for the younger ones, ice cream and cookies usually rounded out the day..."   Bill Schultz tells of  "...traveling by horse & buggy, or walk  - barefoot, I might add -  to dances, picnics and ball games with neighboring schools ..."  School days, now recalled with nostalgia by former pupils,  mention the Christmas concert with the one tree in the district which was often sold after the program;  the country dances and box socials where children were put to sleep until it was time to hook up the horses to the sleigh to go home; crepe paper decorations; playing games in the basement; the dark coal bin behind the big furnace; spending the night in the school, waiting out a storm ... no one got any sleep and were very hungry by morning;  eating lunches in the barn; the ritualistic raising, saluting and lowering the flag, along with God Save the King and the Lord's Prayer; the swings, ball games, picnics, church services, field days;  the school ball teams; the boys catching gophers; the time a skunk wandered into the basement giving up a day of school; and lots of pranks, as noted by some students: "troublemakers" as they called themselves.  The school yard was bordered on two sides by an exceptionally fine grove of trees, which had likely been hand watered with care to grow on this barren landscape.  So the pupils would "walk in the forest" no doubt with a great deal of  imagination and tomfoolery!

After the depression years and the war,  farmers moved to town or to other provinces, former students relocated in the cities, the community dwindled in school population, so that by 1950, because most of the pupils were from the east side of the district, a small teacherage was located on the Abe Andres  farm yard to accommodate them.  Teachers were in short supply so "study supervisors" were employed.  The Meadow Prairie school officially closed with the advent of buses in 1953,  a decision that must have been  heart breaking for those pioneers who had built up the district and had collectively arranged basic education for four decades.  The land that both schools were located on reverted to Richard Donnelly, owned and operated today by his son, Tom. The lumber from the first school was used in 1927 to construct the house that was their family home,  and still stands as a storage building in 2000.  The school house was moved to Glen Kerr to continue as a school, then later was bought by the Legion, and is still being used as a community centre.  

It is white now instead of yellow but it still looks the same. And when any of us who tread those hallowed steps happen to drive by, we see it in our memory's eye as it was - a very fancy school!

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TEACHERS

It seems that school terms did not run consistently, sometimes for only part of a year or a  half a year, and the minutes do not record the dates and length of time that a teacher stayed. Accuracy to date & name matches may not be exact as the teacher list is a combination from minutes, from the old registers that were available and from the memory of several pupils who attended.

 

1912   Iona R Turner

1914   Mary Haughian

1916       Marcella Donnelly   

1918   Miss C Connant

1920   Connie Race

  Margaret Cameron

1921   Mary McLean

  Connie Race

1922   Hattie S Tays (Taves)

1923    Irene Ormiston

1924   Johanna L Dyke

  Marian D Lough

1925   Alice Whitman

1926   Margaret Cameron MacLeod

1927   Vera Bennett

1928       S C MacDonald

1929   Flora C Mooney

1930   Gertrude Toews 

1931-32  Evelyn Lawless

1933-35  Lenna M Mossop

1936   Ruth McKinnon

1937-38  Irene Hunter

1939   Anne Hughes

1940   Ken Dalgleish

  Lloyd Dalgleish

1941    Frances E McClelland

1942   Ruby Seale Meanwell

  Helen Ruff

1943    Nora Sewell

  Violet Steinke

1944   Evelyn Jahnke Donnelly

1945-46  Elaine Halliday

  Zelda Penner

1947   Maxine Best

1948-49  Grace I Anderson

1950   Elvira Regier

1951   Jeannine Shaw

1952   Elsie Schultz

RESIDENTS  &  PUPILS

Barich/Meadow Prairie was located at the corner of four municipalities, so for historical purposes, all of the families listed here were part of the school district. Names are taken from old maps, minutes, and memory of descendants.  They are listed in alphabetical order, but divided into two eras as much as can be can be determined.

 

Andrew Anderson

Stephen Barich

 

Robert & Lilly Beadle

Beatrice 

Robert

Donald 

Pearl 

Mary

Jean

 

John & Ida Blomster

John 

Robert

Sylvia

Ellen 

Andrew

 

Tollef Bjorge

 

William & Mary Burns

Delmont

Ina

 

Joesph Cassidy

 

Cornelius Dahlke

 

John Donnelly

 

Joesph Patrick Donnelly

 

Dr  J V  & Mrs  Donnelly

Lenore

Geraldine

Doreen

 

Thomas & Elizabeth Donnelly

Thomas

Jack

Michael

William

Agnes

Richard

Peter

Mary

Albert

 

Helena Dyck

Jacob

Susan

Helen 

Cornelius 

Isaac

 

 

T Dyer/W F Dyer

N. Feidler

 

Walter Fonger & Albert Fonger

 

William  & Mrs Frazer

 

Carl Gunerson

 

Julius Haeber

 

Edmund (JE) Haughian

 

Gerald Haughian

 

Clifford Haughian

 

Carl Jacob

Ethel Jacob

 

John Sr.& Sarah Jeffrey 

John Jr.

 

Halvor Johnson

 

Morris Johnson

 

Herbert Jordan

 

William & Ida Karkas

Selma

Ida

Willliam 

Lydia 

Esther

 

Jacob J Klassen

 

Dick & Delphia Knight

Richard

Mavis 

Evelyn 

Henry 

Helen

Sydney

 

 

William Siebelt (Liebelt?)

Carl Siebelt (Liebelt?)

John Liebelt

 

W Lentzer

 

Russell McCann

 

John MacDonald

 

Oscar  Miller

Charles

George

Effie

Laura

Annie

Walter

Katheryn 

 

Al Milne 

Frederick Morgan

 

Ed Murray

Frances Murray

 

Walter Nemi

 

Charles Paul

 

Christian Pessmore

 

Robert & Lilly Reid

 

Lewis & Georgina Rinde

Laurence

Lillian 

Jeannette

 

Pat Ryan

 

Jacob &Anna Siemens 

Pete

Jacob

Helen

Benjamin

George

Henry

 

Henry/Frizner Stangland

 

William & Clara Young

Charles          

Gladys 

Mable 

Ethel

Gordon 

Harold

 

J E Zacharias 

 

 

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Abe & Agatha Andres

Esther 

Sarah 

Elsie 

Evelyn

Harry

Corny 

Shirley

Janet

 

Henry & Kathryn Andres 

Bill 

Irma 

Robert & Florence Beadle

Keith

Bruce

 

George & Florence Brown

Eleanor 

Phyllis

Gary

 

Dirk & Ellen Dekker

Sylvia Dekker

 

Albert & Annie Donnelly

George

Ruth 

 

Richard & Cecelia Donnelly

Leslie 

Elaine

Rose 

Harry 

Tom 

Eunice 

Pauline

Frances

 

Pete & Effie Donnelly

Dorothy

Florence

 

William & Joesphine Donnelly

Elmer

Ethel

Glen

Maurice 

DeWayne 

Irene 

Marguerite 

Kenneth

 

Albert & Beatrice Fonger

George 

Jerry 

Merle

 

 

John Hoffman

Donald Hoffman

 

John Jr. & Annie Jeffrey

Rita 

Elsie 

Stella

Wylie 

Lillian 

 

 

Joesph & Mary Kunze 

Mary 

Joesph 

Irene 

Francis 

Lawrence  

 

 

 

 

George &Helen Loewen

Tina

Annie       

John

Peter

Leonard

 

Alfred & Minnie MacLeod

Robert & Margaret MacLeod

Donald

Allister 

Jim

Lloyd 

Marjorie

 

Mrs. Forrest Preddy

Molly

Nancy

Hobart

Susan

 

Jacob W & Agnes Schultz

Henry 

Mary

Amanda 

William 

Jacob 

Lena

Ruth 

Peter

Charlie & Mary  Schmunk

Carl

Henry

Mary

George

Walter

Elsie

Robert

infant

Jacob & Katherine Stallmann

Adeline

Rose 

Bernice 

Lorraine 

Reinhold

 

Delores Stangland 

 

Tom & Lilly Walsh

Elgin

Sheldon 

Matthew 

Georgina

Ernest  

LilliAnn 

Elizabeth Tilitzky

Elizabeth

George

John

Corney

Abe

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Meadow Prairie School c1928

Barich School c1920 gathering

Meadow Prairie School 

trees were planted in 1927     

 

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BARICH SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716, 1910-1927,   SW corner and NW 1/4 of Sec 31 T 15 R 9 W3, Near Grid Road 612  (2.9 km E), Rural Municipality of Lawtonia #135, SK,  Morse, SK MEADOW PRAIRIE SCHOOL DISTRICT 2716, sw 6 16 9  w3, Near Grid Road 612 (3.0 km ESE), Township Road 160     Range Road 3100, Latitude & Longitude  50.313636     -107.236379, Latitude & Longitude  50 18.818' N     107 14.183' W, Latitude & Longitude  50 18' 49.09'' N     107 14' 10.96'' W, 1927-1953,  Rural Municipality Lawtonia 135 , Rural Municipality Coulee 136, Rural Municipality Excelsior 166, Rural Municipality Morse 165,



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Submitter of the images Merle Harrison

Numerical School District Listing

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For more information on BARICH / MEADOW PRAIRIE School District 2716


Book: Where the Rainbow Ends Volumes 1 and 2

Nearby Placenames to Latitude & Longitude 50 18.818' N 107 14.183' W
( Latitude & Longitude 50 18' 49.09'' N 107 14' 10.96'' W)


Hallonquist located at 25-13-10-W3 is a Unincorporated place 22 kilometers away from Meadow Prairie 2716 SW-6-16-9-W3
Herbert located at 17-9-W3 is a Town 13 kilometers away from Meadow Prairie 2716 SW-6-16-9-W3
Neidpath located at 1-15-10-W3 is a Unincorporated place 11 kilometers away from Meadow Prairie 2716 SW-6-16-9-W3
Rush Lake located at 1-17-11-W3 is a Village 15 kilometers away from Meadow Prairie 2716 SW-6-16-9-W3
Scottsburgh located at14-14-9-W3 is a Unincorporated place 18 kilometers away from Meadow Prairie 2716 SW-6-16-9-W3
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