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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Adelaide School No. 32 (RM of Portage la Prairie)

The Adelaide School District was established in February 1876 and a school building was constructed on three acres of land at SE7-14-8W donated by farmer David Morrison, in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie. In the early 1880s, the building was moved to a new site, near Rat Creek at the southeast corner of NW5-14-8W, on one acre of land purchased for $50 from farmer William Shannon. In the fall of 1912, its students were moved to The Landing School although they remained part of the Adelaide School District and the district was not formally dissolved until 1967, becoming part of the Portage la Prairie School Division. No sign of the former school remains at the site.

Among the teachers who worked at Adelaide School were Harry Evans, Mary Gerrond, Maggie Irwin, William Pye, D. A. Nickware, D. F. Sinclair, Annie Dale, Laura Mott, L. Cameron, Maggie Bemister, C. E. Bates, Edith Van Alstyne (1897), Maude Kerr, Belle Glennie, Rowena Bourne, William Cameron, Christina McMillan, Robina Coughbrough, Luella Mary MacRae, and Florence H. Howden.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.16029, W98.52985
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westbourne School No. 11 (Westbourne, RM of Westbourne)


“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 February 2017

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