Sweet Valley School No. 2369

Picnic at Sweet Valley School

Sweet Valley, in 1909, had a post office and store, operated by George Shirley. It was located 4 miles north of Travers. When applying to the Dominion Government to authorize a post office, the name Sweet Valley was given by the Post Office Department. All the other suggestions that had been sent in had already been used by other post offices.

James and Emmeline Taylor came west with their sons in about 1908 and filed on land in what became the Sweet Valley School District. What a misnomer! They had more failures than crops, due to drought, cutworms, wireworms, grasshoppers, Russian thistles and depressed prices.

Oliver Erickson helped organize the Sweet Valley School. The school district was established on February 24, 1911. The school was located on NW 29-15-19-W4. Directions from Lomond – South 4 miles on Highway 845, turn east on Township Road 154 for 3 miles. Latitude 50.28104, Longitude -112.57083.

Joe Eskeland was on the school board, as well as playing first base on the Sweet Valley baseball team and belonging to a variety of groups. His son, Raymond, attended the school, starting in 1912.

The four children of Norman and Mildred Foster (Jean, Shirley, Margaret and Janis) attended Sweet Valley School – on a very regular basis because their dad was always on the school board.

The first records for this school found filed for January to June 1930. Then the school operated with the Prairie Queen School District from January to June, 1932. Due to gaps in the recorded history, students from the Sweet Valley school were shown to be attending Travers School by January 1938.

Miss Endersby, a teacher at the Sweet Valley School, 1921. Pupil Leonard Vanholm.

Teachers at the school were Mrs. P.A. Johnson (nee Flora Rennie) from Sept. 1931 – Dec. 1931, Louise Martin from Jan 1933 – June 1934, Alice C. Shier from Sept. 1934 – Sept. 1935.

Bill McPherson was a widower with one daughter, Florence, who attended Sweet Valley School.

In 1923, Just Moss, a homesteader, married the Sweet Valley teacher, Evelyn Brittain.

The Bain children drove five miles to school in a buggy.

Esther (Witting) Ulrich remembers the fun in winters when the literary societies were formed at different schools. Every week there was a debate between members of two different schools. One school took the affirmative and the other took the negative. She remembers one subject especially. It was: “Resolved that pride and ambition cause more misery than ignorance and superstition.” Sweet Valley held the positive and Wheat Centre the negative. In the rebuttal the leader on the positive side said, “If I were an animal, I would hate to think that I would have to hang around a lady’s neck.” Another time we debated the subject, “Should one marry for love or for money?” “Believe me”, Mrs. Ulrich remarks, “we had to have the latter or we would have become greatly discouraged at times.”

Travers School, Sweet Valley School, Brunetta School, Armada School and other schools as far as the Bow River had church services held in them. Some of these were by Reverend Alexander McCombe.

Doug Walker started school at Sweet Valley School in 1934. It, however, closed the following year making Travers the next closest school. This being five miles away, Doug boarded with Emma Tolsdorf (now Haas) while going to school. The family moved to the Yetwood District. While there, Doug attended Yetwood and Rosemead Schools and finally returned to the Travers School when the smaller schools were closed. Brother Ron attended the same schools.

Sweet Valley students: John Taylor, Floyd and Billie Bolduc, Jean Foster, Beanders, and Wittings and a few more. After Sweet Valley closed, they all transferred to the Prairie Queen School.

The building was purchased by M. J. Bolduc and used as a granary but since has been demolished.

More information about Sweet Valley School may be found in “History of Lomond and District,” at the Vulcan and District Archives and from school directories (maps and driving directions) which are available at the Lomond Village Office, Lomond Grainland Hardware and the Vulcan & District Museum.

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