Fonds 248 Willowvale School District 4774 fonds

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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Willowvale School District 4774 fonds
Reference code: 0248
Date: 1937-1957 (date of creation)
Physical description: 8 cm of textual records
Language: English
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Mary Nutting
Exported from AoR and added to new database May 2022 – TD
Note: Historical notes found in Memories and Moments of White Mountain, Willowvale, Bridgeview.

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

The Willowvale School District was established in April, 1937, and a school site on the NW corner of the east quarter of section 26-77-7 was donated by Mr. Bill Bell. J.F. Burton was elected chairman of the school board, and John Baisley, secretary/treasurer. Later, A.S. Cook and M.W. Papps served in these positions. The first school cost $150 and was brought in from Rycroft. The first teacher was Alice T. Kinley. The school burned in 1938 and a new one was built by Harry Harper. An old granary was fixed up for a teacherage. Teachers from 1938-1957 included Ella Hughes, Helen Sinnotte, Alice Wade, Helen Warnock, Ella Schamahorn, Kay Maravec, Neil Mc Devitte, Camelia Boadie, Connie MacDougall, Muriel Anderson. In 1957, due to a lack of teachers available and with supervised correspondence the only option, the decision was made to bus students to Spirit River. After the school was closed, the land and buildings were sold back to Bill Bell for $1.00. In 1962 the Peter Krol family bought the property and made a home in the school.

Custodial history

The records were preserved and given to the Spirit River School Division No. 47 sometime after it was formed in 1940. Peace Wapiti School Division assumed responsibility for this division in 1994 and the records were deposited in the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2003.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of minutes from 1937-1940 and Daily Registers from 1937-1957.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on contents of the fonds.

Restrictions on access

There are no restrictions on access.


No accruals are expected.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Education (subject)