Forbes School #730

North Portal, Saskatchewan, Canada

Forbes School #730 part of Estevan School Unit #2 of Saskatchewan
located between Roche Percee and North Portal

Forbes School No 730 shown on this part of my Dad's 1927 SE Sask map

Located on NE Section 8, Township 1, Range 5, W2

1927 S.E. Fox (see Bio below) Secretary Treasurer of the Forbes School District

1938 teachers salary was $400 per year.
A. Glosser (see bio below) was Secretary-Treasurer at that time
1938 they had 10 pupils
July 1937 Arthur Glosser took out an ad for a “Protestant” Teacher, pay was $2 per day

Photos below courtesy John Brooks Jan 11, 2020

Forbes School in background, Winter Transportation, A One Horse Open Sleigh
John tells me it was “-40, deep snow and uphill both ways!”

Forbes School no 730 School, all Class Photo, side of school shown
The Teacher in the picture was “Betty” Drefs (see Bio below)

Forbes School no 730 School, all Class Photo, side of school shown

Forbes School no 730 School, all Class Photo, ca 1948
Heading out on a field trip in a farmer's grain truck!

The owner of the Truck was a local farmer George Rogers (see Bio Below)
Imagine hauling students around like this today!!! and still they all survived!!

Report card for John Brooks 1947-48 promoted to Grade 5
signed by Principal Betty Drefs (see Bio Below)

Other names listed under Estevan School Unit #2
D. McKnight, Chairman, Viewfield Saskatchewan (See Bio Below)
H.J. Whyte, Secretary, Estevan Saskatchewan (see Bio Below)
R.H. Hunter, Superintendent of Schools, Estevan, Saskatchewan (see Bio Below)

5 Municipalities form the Estevan School Unit No 2
When it was first formed Nov 15, 1944, they had jurisdiction over 95 schools

Report card for John Brooks 1947-48
signed by Principal H.L. Erickson (See Bio Below)
Mrs Coller (Sub Teacher)

Other names listed under Estevan School Unit #2
E. Hursh, Chairman, Macoun Saskatchewan (see Bio Below)
H. J. Whyte, Secretary, Estevan Saskatchewan (See Bio Below)
R. H. Hunter, Superintendent of Schools, Estevan, Saskatchewan (See Bio Below)

D.E. Black was the teacher here in the early 1950's per John Brooks

Bio of Names from above

Solomon Everton Fox
b- June 19, 1868 in ON
d- Feb 27, 1946 North Portal, SK
buried in North Portal SK Cemetery
shown as a farmer in the district
Applied for Homestead Number:548022, Sept 29, 1915, NW Section-22, Township-1, Range-5, W2
married- Annie Elfie Waddington June 3, 1895 in Brandon MB
Mother- Emilia Waddington, Father-Thomas Waddington

Harold Jarvis Whyte
b- July 26, 1899 Wapella SK
d- Aug 14, 1996 in Wolseley SK, age 97
buried in Wolseley Cemetery
he was still shown Sec Treas in 1956 there.
enlisted in WWI in Winnipeg Aug 13, 1917, Reg # , Horseman
Father- George Whyte

Roy Herleit Hunter BA, Bed
b- 1890
d- 1981
buried in Carnduff Cemetery, Carnduff, SK
former Principal at Nipawin School
taught History at Weyburn Collegiate
appointed Superintendent of Schools in 1942, living in Estevan
wife- Maud Alice Hunter, nee ?
wife- Mary Hunter, nee Shortman died age 53 sept 1953, buried in Vancouver BC

Eugene Hursh
b- 1887 in USA
d- 1955
buried in Macoun Cemetery
July 1942- Sec-Treas Omega School no 4130
wife- Alice Marie Hursh

Arthur Robert Glosser
b- July 8, 1904 in Postan District, SK
d- Feb 4, 1987
buried in North Portal Cemetery
Father- August Glosser
Mother- Christina Vigel
Older brothers Edward Glosser and Ralph Glosser

Elizabeth “Betty” Katherine Drefs
b- Feb 19, 1922 farm west of Maple Creek, SK
d- Feb 7, 2016 Calgary, AB
she married a Bob Hawthorne

George Rogers
b- 1901
d- Aug 29, 1985 in Estevan SK, age 84
buried in North Portal Cemetery
wife- Rowenia Rogers, nee ? (1909-2003) 3 sons, 1 daughter

David McKnight
b- 1880 in Scott Township, ON
d- May 1959 in Estevan SK
buried in Viewfield Cemetery, Viewfield SK
Homesteaded at Forget SK
Sec-Treas of Viewfield School district ca 1942
Reeve of Benson SK ca 1944
He was the Chairman of the Estevan School Dist no 2 when it was first formed.
1911 he married Dorothy Sarah “Dora” Sheir of Leaskdale, ON, who died age 63 in 1944
They settled in Viewfield where he operated a General Store until 1944

Need more clues to identify the following 2 names:

H. L. Erickson

D.E. Black
Miss D.E. Black living in Roche Percee, shown as a teacher, in 1949 voter's list
Miss D.E. Black was in North Portal ca 1950

Mrs. Coller
Mr. Richard Alfred Coller was the Wheat Pool Agent in North Portal in 1949
I know he had a son and daughter, so was this his wife?
his wife Ethel died in 1932 so it wasn't her, maybe a daughter?


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