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The Lens School District No. 3328

Heritage of the High Country
A History of Del Bonita and Surrounding Districts,
Pages 148 - 149

January 4, 1916 the Alderson School District No. 3328 was established comprising of the following lands: Sections 6, 7, 18, 19, 30 and that portion of Section 31 lying south of the north branch of the Milk River in Township 1, Range 21; Section 1-3, 10-15, 22-27, 34, 35 and that portion of Section 36 lying south of the said River in Township 1, Range 22. Those portions of Sections 1-3 lying south of the said River in Township 2, Range 22; and that portion of Section 6 lying south of the said River in Township 2, Range 21; West of the Fourth Meridian.

Official Trustee at the time was H. W. Harper of Del Bonita, Alberta. The committee responsible for the establishment included Stephen Atwood, Charles Coyle, and William Newton. On February 23, 1918 J. Morgan of Lethbridge, Alberta was appointed Official Trustee.

On June 10, 1918 the name of the Alderson School District No. 3328 was changed to the Lens School District No. 3328. This was after a place in France where men from the lease country were stationed during World War 1.

On July 8, 1918 the following lands were added: the north-west quarter of Section 17 and the southwest quarter of Section 20 in Township 1, Range 21; West of the Fourth Meridian.

School attendance was scanty the first term or two. Jim Woods, Daisy Chandler, Lenore Scoville, Gordon and Roland Wiley, George, Bill, and Dick Veale and Lottie and Winnie Newton made up the roll call.

On October 3, 1936 the Lens School District No. 3328 was included in Subdivision No. 3 of the St. Mary's School Division No. 2.

Some of the teachers who taught in the one roomed Lens school were Miss Cossaboom, Miss Zelpha Harris, Miss Brown, Claire Allen, Wilma Granger, Irene McCausland, Mrs. Robertson, Anna Low, Mr. Mac McLean, Everett Hedley, Dallas Minion, Sadie Hominuke, Gerry White, Vern Wheeler, John Gordon.

The Lens School house burned down in the fall of 1938.

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