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Scandinavia School District No. 567. /929-30. Back Row. Left to Right:
Violet Harrison. Teacher Miss Cameron. Claude Waterton, Pearl Naslund. Willie Oberg. Jack Kopeechuk, Ruby Naslund. Roy Harrison. Second Row: Margaret Anderson. Edmund Waterton, George Woloshen. Third Row: Edith Harrison. Lillian Backlund. Mildred Harrison. Erma 'Naslund. Pauline Kopeechuk, and Sophie Soltys. Sitting: Paddy St Cyr, Joe Soltys. Norman Naslund and Arnold Backlund.
beautiful weather tempted many Minnedosans to try the twenty mile drive. They were well repaid, however, not only by the pleasant time, in the beautiful grounds on the shores of Otter Lake, but on the ever changing landscape on the way up and the encouraging outlook for crops that could be noted in the waving grain fields stretching in many places far as the eye could reach. It was an inspiring sight. There was a large turnout of adults to assist the children to enjoy themselves, and Mr. Veale and the other teachers were untiring in carrying the program to a successful issue. The program was a little long, but it was wonderful to note how well the little ones carried out their several parts. The recitations, and songs being not only well rendered, but without the slightest foreign accent being detected. The children were intelligent looking, bright-eyed, generally flaxen haired and well dressed. It is doubtful whether a cleaner, neater or better featured lot could be got together in any other part of Canada.
The games were entered into with great vim, and the prizes won were distributed by Mr. Veale. Addresses were made by Reeve Cook of Clanwilliam. R.H. Myers M.P.P. and Dr. Roche M.P., all of which were at tentively listened to and roundly applauded. Tea (meaning lunch not beverage) was served early in the afternoon, the tables being well loaded with choice cookery, and the young folks, with their friends doing it ample justice.
"Home Sweet Home", and "God Save the Queen", were heartily sung by the children, assisted by all present, and the picnic was at an end.
Added Note: Mayor Denison, and Editor Cannon were
also at the picnic.
Charlie Carlson won the long jump, jumping 11 ft. 8in. Albert Ramgren and Charles Holmstrom tied the high jump at 43 inches.
School registration has reached fifty for this summer.
The school is closed for a short holiday, and our teacher has gone to Elphinstone to spend his vacation.
The children have purchased: blinds, curtains, pic tures, a bell and a British Flag for the school, with their share of the profits from the Union School Picnic.
Grown-ups always say to me "How tall you've grown!
It cannot be!"
How can they think
That I'd get smaller,
When the only way to grow Is taller?
(from Scandinavia School Year Book -1964-65)
TALES SCHOOL NO. 721 1892-1965
by Harriet Lee
It looks tired and forlorn today as it stands in the grass grown schoolyard, full of memories of three or four generations of children passing through its doors. Along with the many one-room schools in Manitoba it deserves more credit than is usually given for its part in starting its pupils out in life. Although it should have been im possible without modern day techniques and equipment, many received a tolerable education there. With so many grades and so many pupils, the teacher was naturally limited in what individual help could be given each child. This, however, often developed a resourcefulness and diligence in the pupil to work on his own if he wished to progress. This in itself was a lesson worth learning.
The Tales School District was the second to be organized in the four wards that later became the present R.M. of Clanwilliam. This was done by arbitration on September 16, 1892. As four sections of the district were part of the R.M. of Harrison, this method was necessary and it was classified as a union district. Although the Scandinavia S.D. had been formed in 1889, the Tales School was the first to open. On June 5, 1983, twelve of the pioneer children of Danvers, likely carrying a slate and pencil and a tin lunch pail, were enrolled at Tales. In 1956 at the Pioneer Day in Erickson which recognized Tales School that year, one of these first students, Alec Holmstrom, recalled the excitement of that first day. He had run all the way from home (N.W. 18-18-18W) and been the first to arrive at the school. Mr. D.A. Matheson