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NARRATIVES OF SASKATOON


1882-1912

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           The history of education would fall similarly into two such periods.
         As with the general history of the place, so with its educational history,
         the tale of the first period is one more of plain homely interest, not without
         its romance, rather than one of material growth. In the latter phase, the
         material advances overshadow almost all else.
         
           As might be expected of the quality and former surroundings of those
         comprising that early band of settlers, one among many such bands at that
         time seeking new surroundings in the West, the turmoil of the exodus and
         the perils and adventures of the journey were scarcely past before their
         attention was given to making two provisions to which theyi had been ac
         customed in the old places, and which must early be made in the new,
         namely, religious worship and education.  Few though these families were,
         there were over a dozen children of school age. Occupied closely in the
         first year with the tremendous task of establishing their homes, the pioneers
         of 1883 had nonetheless given thought to the establishment of a school.

W. P. BATE
            Among the first frame buildings of 18834 was one that was built by
          the "Company," and was always known as the school house, though little
          used for that purpose. This was the scene of the first assembling for
          school, under the direction of one J. W. Powers, whose name appears in the
          annals of the Temperance Colony Pioneers' Society as taking part in its
          proceedings, civic and literary. Mr. Powers was author also of the "Sask~
          toon Sentinel," a manuscript journal for a time circulated in the settle-
          ment. The school was running in August, 1884, as a voluntary school.
          It was equipped with maps presented by the Temperance Colony Society,
          and a committee of the Temperance Colony Pioneers' Society reported
          a subscription of $271.64 towards the teacher's salary.
         
            In the school-house the first school and first regular religious services
          were held. The furniture was home-made, the seats benches-a primitive
          school. Were that first school roll available, it would probably show such
		  
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