Less We Forget Poppy


The Life and Times of Hubert Brooks M.C. C.D.
A Canadian Hero

Less We Forget Poppy


APPENDIX A – EXTENDED BROOKS FAMILY GENEALOGY

A 7.0 Alfred (Joseph) Brooks Goes Off to Jesuit College Boarding School in St. Boniface Manitoba 1905-1909

 St Boniface College Crest

Family oral history has:

Le Collège de Saint-Boniface do have in their records that:

Hubert Brooks Accompanies Son Freddie to St. Boniface
St. John Jottings
The Turtle Mountain Star Sept 14, 1905
 News Article Hubert Brooks Accompanies Son Freddie to St. Boniface

In the early 1900s, Le Collège de Saint-Boniface was a classical college as they were established in the province of Québec. The Jesuit Fathers administered many of these colleges and have been the administrators of Saint-Boniface College from 1885 to 1969. As of the 70s, the institution was known as Le Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and presently is known as l’université de Saint-Boniface since September 1st of 2011. Le Collège de Saint-Boniface was one of the founding colleges that established the University of Manitoba in 1876 and has retained its affiliation with them ever since.

Saint-Boniface College did not offer a Law program, but Law was offered at the University of Manitoba to which the College was and is affliated. In order to go to a professionnal school such as Law, students had to take the Cours de grammaire (Grammar course). Alfred was in the Grammar course.

In the Classical course system, Éléments Latin was a level equivalent to Grade 8, as we know it, Grammar courses were catered to students wanting to become priests or go to a professionnal school such as law.

It normaly took 8 years to go through the Classical course that Alfred was attending. After the 8 years, the degree only granted by the Collège would have been a B.A. (Latin philosophy).

At that time, classes were held from Sept to June. In a typical school week, classes would have been held from Monday to Saturday, with Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons reserved for organised sports, music instruction, group outings or other more personnal activities like appointments, visits etc. There were formal class schedules from 8:50 to 4:10 but also formal study periods; 8 to 8:30, 11 to 12 noon, 4:30 to 6, and 7:30 to 9 or 10 in the evening depending on the level the student was at. Since this was a boarding schhool, students like Alfred would go home only for the Christmas period and the summer months. Local students at the boarding school would also get some long week-ends, and often brought students that were too far from home with them.

Collège de Saint-Boniface 1922 just prior to the 25th November 1922 fire that burnt most of the college's records.
The only part of the building remaining today is the lower 2 story section.
This building is now Provencher Park with the new Collège de Saint-Boniface located a few blocks away.
Photo Courtesy: Marcel Boulet, Acting Archivist, l’université de Saint-Boniface; also see web site http://www2.ustboniface.ca/cusb/archives/Galeriedephotos.htm
 Collège de Saint-Boniface 1922

From the few remaining yearbook records that Le Collège de Saint-Boniface have from that period of time kindly supplied by the l’université de Saint-Boniface's acting archivist Marcel Boulet we see for the 1905-1906 school term:

 St Boniface 1905-1906 Cover Page  Cost of Courses at St Boniface
 St Boniface 1905-1906 Student List Page 1  St Boniface 1905-1906 Student List Pages 2 to 3

It is interesting to note in the next panels that there were a few other students from North Dakota, other than Alfred, attending Le Collège for the 1905-1906 school term.

 St Boniface OverView Course description 1  St Boniface OverView Course description 2  St Boniface OverView of Discipline Policy

An image of the Study Room at Le Collège de Saint-Boniface appears below.

 Image of St Boniface Study Room
 Drawing of St Boniface 1906

And for the 1906-1907 school term we see:

 St Boniface 1906-1907 Cover Page

An image of the DORMITORY at Le Collège de Saint-Boniface appears below.

 Drawing of St Boniface Dormitory

NOTE that the initials A.M.D.G. that appear at the top of all of the yearly St. Boniface College prospectus pages, was a Jesuit father motto standing for "Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam", latin for: "the greater glory of God".

In the 2nd year Alfred was enrolled in what was primarily called the "ÉLÉMENTS LATINS" course - as was one of the Martineau boys from St. John

 St Boniface 1906-1907 Student List Page 1  St Boniface 1906-1907 Student List Page 2 with Alfred
 St Boniface Latin Course Outline
 St Boniface College Chapel

And for the 1907-1908 school term we see:

 St Boniface 1907-1908 Cover Page  St Boniface 1907-1908 Student List Page 1
 St Boniface 1907-1908 Student List Page 2-3 with Alfred
 St Boniface College 1908 Group Photo
 Image St Boniface College

And finally for the 1908-1909 school term where Afred was registered in the Cours de Grammaire we see:

 St Boniface 1908-1909 Cover Page

Perhaps a "surprise" with the background family oral history that Alfred dropped out of St Boniface -- presumably because he was not doing well -- BUT, in his final year, he was awarded an MENTION HONORABLE for Bonne Conduite in the school's annual report. (Not the Gold, Silver or Bronze educational prizes but it would seem that he was not a trouble maker!)

 St Boniface 1908-1909 Alfred Brooks Honorable Mention
 St Boniface Cours de Grammaire description   St Boniface Latin description  1  St Boniface Latin description  2
 St Boniface 1908-1909 Student List  with Alfred

As mentioned earlier Alfred did not graduate and left St. Boniface after the 1908-1909 school term. Despite his Honorable Mention in his last school year his course selections year to year appear to be somewhat non-focussed and it seem he was struggling and probaly came to the conclusion that school was not for him. Perhaps also coupled with life away from home, fellow-student friends from N.D. that seemed to last no more than one school year, no relatives around and living as a boarder which was not easy for any of the students, led Alfred to leave.

St. Boniface College Hockey Team 1908-1909

As indicated at the start of this section, St Boniface College has confirmed that Alfred Brooks played on the 1908-1909 ` school hockey team. The picture they provided (see below) is similar to the one already in Brooks family possesion -- although we are now able to identify Alfred and know his position ie. Rover.

1908–1909 St. Boniface Manitoba Intercollegiate Hockey Team
Alfred Brooks is Front Row Left Resting on His Left Arm (Position: Rover)
Photo Courtesy: Marcel Boulet, Acting Archivist, l’université de Saint-Boniface
 St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team 1908 from College Records

One account has St. Boniface having both a Senior as well as a Junior Hockey Team. Alfred is thought to have played on the Senior Team. However, published inter-collegiate schedules has St. John only with a Junior team. There is some uncertainty here.

1908–1909 St. Boniface Manitoba Intercollegiate Hockey Team
Alfred Brooks is Front Row Left Resting on His Left Arm (Position: Rover)
Photo Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
 St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team 1908
St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team Division Symbol
1908–1909 St. Boniface Manitoba Intercollegiate Hockey Team
Picture is believed to be a photo of the Junior Team and Alfred is not present.
Photo Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team 1908 no 2
St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team 1908 no 3 St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team Officials
1908–1909 St. Boniface Manitoba Intercollegiate Hockey Team Schedule
Photo Courtesy: Hubert Brooks Private Collection
St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team 1908 no 4
1910 St. Boniface Manitoba Intercollegiate Hockey Team Schedule
"Law" and "Medical" indicate University of Manitoba Teams.
Photo Courtesy: Marcel Boulet, Acting Archivist, l’université de Saint-Boniface
St Boniface Manitoba Hockey Team Inter League Schedule

The mystery remains however, where did Alfred Brooks go in 1910. He was not registered at Le Collège de Saint-Boniface and he did not show up in the 1910 US Census with his family in St. John N.D. Was he "prospecting" for new opportunities in Manitoba and (LaFleche) Saskatchewan?

As a FOOTNOTE, there were at that time schooling alternatives to St. Boniface open to Alfred Brooks. For example, family friend Laureat L. Martineau (b. July 12, 1883), son of Fortunat and Cedulie (Plante) Martineau, who was slightly older than Alfred, was educated in the public schools of Rolette county and at the University of North Dakota, in which he took up the study of law, winning the LL. B. degree upon graduation with the class of 1905. However it is thought that Hubert wanted to ensure son Alfred's schooling in french and thus sent him off to boarding school at St. Boniface Manitoba.
As an aside, an Albert Martineau from St. John does appear in Alfred's class at St. Boniface for the 1906-1907 school term.

FRED BROOKS and LAW SCHOOL
So what to make of the family oral history that Fred Brooks attended Law School?
The ANSWER is found in a brief Sept. 22, 1910 Turtle Mountain Star newspaper item

Fred Brooks Intent to Attend LAW SCHOOL at Grand Forks N.D.
Image Source: Sept. 22, 1910 Turtle Mountain Star newspaper
Sept 22 1910 Turtle Mountain Star newspaper item on Fred Brooks' Law School Plans

Editor's Note: One of the Joe Brooks' sons, I believe it was Gerald, once told me that when Fred Brooks had left Bluesky for Ottawa, he'd left his law books with Joe Brooks. They were stored in the attic of Joe's house in Falher, and they were, at least in Gerald's recollection in mint condition -- i.e. largely unused. This speaks perhaps to the "Fred dropping out of law school" portion of the family history. Also recall that it was June 1911 that the Brooks departed from St. John for LaFleche SK. It is unclear as to whether or not Fred joined them immediately OR at a later date. Gerald thought that the books were "forgotten", or left behind in the attic when the family sold the house in Falher.




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