Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Simon Fraser Elementary School - 1909- 1981 - Vancouver BC Canada

My painting of Simon Fraser Elementary School, Vancouver, B.C., 1955
Report Card Cover


I've scanned my first school photographs, 1955- 1960 from Simon Fraser Elementary School at 16th and Manitoba in Vancouver, B.C. and I've uploaded them to my Flickr pages, along with the programme from the June 12, 1981 Simon Fraser Elementary School Round-up reunion, held just before the 1909 school building was demolished.

Principals from 1911 on were:

Mr. E. CASPELL 1911-1932
Mr. S. D. MEADOWS 1932-1943 & 1945-1955 - retired 1955
Mr. H. T. GAMEY 1943-1945
Mr. W. D. FRANKLIN 1955-1958
Mr. C. A. WARE 1958-1966
Mr. L. P. ROGERS (no relation) 1966-1968
Mr. N. SANFORD 1968-1974
Mr. J. A. DOWNS 1974-1981

The City of Vancouver Archives has scanned a W. J. Moore photograph showing the Simon Fraser Elementary School building in 1912? The school opened in 1909 and looks pretty new in this photograph.

Search the scanned photographs for 'Simon Fraser Elementary'
CVA identification: 'Add.MSS 54 REF. #SGN 1009'


Unknown said...

Nice memories of my life at Simon Fraser Elementary from around 1953 to 1956 ! My lasting memories of being part our our winning the Vancouver Softball and Soccer Championship! Our Principal, Mr S Meadows made me the official bell ringer ( manuallyoperated back then 🤗) Our family came to Vancouver shortly after being released from our Intern Camp in Minto Mine and Mr Meadows recognizing this, gave me the honour of being the official bell ringer! Our school had many athletes and we went on to play Little League baseball when it first came to Vancouver! Over 5000 came for tryouts and happy to say all the Simon Fraser kids won a spot on one of four teams! Nice accomplishment!

I was wondering if the school has pictures of ALL the graduating classes hung on walls or perhaps contained in a book?
Ted Kagetsu

M. Diane Rogers said...

Good to hear from you, Ted. You were a little ahead of me in school. I just checked the Vancouver School Board Heritage website and I don't see many photos there from our era. But have a look. I know a friend was encouraging people to send in digital photos. Not sure what's happened with that project. I did send in mine and my brother's. He was younger. I don't think the school had kept old photos. My brother did contact someone there about that. My photos are on Flickr. Linked above. I certainly remember Mr Meadows. I sang at his retirement do at the school. There are articles about him in the Vancouver papers.