Codesa School District 4595 fonds. — 1933-1956. — 6 cm of textual records.
The minutes for Brochu School District begin in 1933 with resolutions to form a school district. H.E. Balfour, official trustee, authorized the building of furniture and purchase of school supplies. A teacher, Mrs. Lucas was hired in 1934 and classes started in the Catholic Church. Sometimes classes were held in a two-room house which was easier to heat.
Smoky Peace Triangle records Codesa School 4595, as being on the SE ¼ -22-78-1 W6 beginning in 1935 but Daily Registers call the district Brochu School District 4595 until 1945. It appears that Codesa was the name of the center where the school was located.
In 1938, J.P. Sauve and John Gilles were official trustees. In mid-1947, Spirit River School Division had a school built in Codesa. Attendance records were recorded by the following teacher between 1940-1944: A. M. Miller, G.A. Chamberland, I. Brundage and Adele Roy. The log building which housed the teacher, Miss Adela Roy, burned in 1946 and some students were then bussed to Fox Creek. Charlie Siegfries and Ross McLennan shared the bus driving duties. The school in Codesa still served a number of families until records end in 1956. Teachers keeping registers from 1949-1956 included Louise Rossiter, O.C. Hagen, E. Robertson, Mrs. N. Lambright, and Miss Joan Sather.
The records were preserved and given to the Spirit River School Division No. 47 sometime after it was formed in 1940. Peace Wapiti School Division assumed responsibility for this division in 1994 and the records were deposited in the Grande Prairie Regional Archives in 2003.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of a minute book from 1933-1940 and Daily Registers from 1940-1956.