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Fourth Creek

The Fourth Creek School District was established in 1955 when the Spirit River School Division supplied materials and a carpenter for building a one-room school with living quarters attached, and a small stable.

The school was built on the NE 22-81-8 W6 and was opened in November with 11 students. Vivian Haugland was the first supervisor and Mrs. Evelyn Lambert followed her from 1956-58. The first teacher was Mrs. Phyllis Hessler in 1958, followed by Martin Fritz and Pauline Halikowski. In 1961, the original Silver Valley School along with students were relocated to Fourth Creek.

This meant two classrooms and two teachers and students bussed. In 1962, Mel and Jean Larsen operated the school and in 1963, Phyllis Hessler returned to be principal and Monica Torgerson taught grades 1-5. In 1964 another classroom was added (conversion of the unused atable) and Mrs. Lehman was principal with Miss Halikowski and Mrs Torgerson teachers.

The school closed at the end of 1965 and the buildings were moved to Savanna and then sold to Henry Hessler. The stable was donated to the Horseshoe of the Peace Historical Society to be used as a museum.


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South Peace Regional Archives began operating in January 2000 as a project of the Grande Prairie Museum and a member of the Archives Society of Alberta. On July 30, 2007 the South Peace Regional Archives Society was formed.

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Saddle Hills
Junction of Hwy 49 & Secondary Hwy 725
RR1, Spirit River AB
T0H 3G0
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