Historic Sites of Manitoba: Big Point School No. 962 (Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

The Big Point School District was organized formally in August 1898 and a schoolhouse operated at NW30-16-8W in what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone. The district was dissolved in 1962 and its catchment area became part of the Langruth Consolidated School District and later the Pine Creek School Division.

The teachers of Big Point School included J. A. Hanneson (1906), Mary Thorleifson (1906-1907), Lena Gottfred (1907-1908), Gudlaug Guttormsson (1908-1910, 1917-1918), Sigurlina Johnson (1910), J. Magnus Anderson (1911), Ingbjorg Thorsteinson (1911), Hilda Johnson (1912), Salome Hinriksson (1912, 1913-1914), Mrs. G. Thorleifson (1914, 1915), Mrs. H. Hanneson (1914), Margaret Hanson (1916-1917), Miss M. Magnusson (1918-1919), H. Eliasson (1919-1920), Sigmundur Thompson (1921), Primrose Elizabeth Mary Thomson Eastman (1922-1923), Hlif Johnson (1923-1924, 1927-1928), Johnanna S. Thompson (1924-1925, 1929-1931, 1933-1934), William J. Olson (1926-1927), G. J. Olafson (1928-1929), Hilda B. Johannson (1931-1933, 1940-1945, 1946-1949), Ruth Evelyn Leader (1934-1936), Pauline Johnson (1936-1937), Viola Gwendolyn Bishop (1937-1939), Katharine Margaret Olson (1939-1940), Ada Clarissa Gemmill (1945-1946), Vera Gessela Kautz (1949-1953), Miss Bernice Mae Kittner (1953-1954), Gudrun Jonina Skulason (1954-1955), Lena Thorleifson (1955-1957), and Elizabeth Nettie “Elsie” Slywchuk (1957-1959).

Big Point School

Big Point School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 31.

Big Point School comemmorative monument

Big Point School comemmorative monument (March 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.39511, W98.55721
denoted by symbol on the map above


School District Formation Files [Big Point School District No. 962], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

“Langruth news,” Portage la Prairie Leader, 3 September 1953, page 11.

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Big Point School District No. 962 Daily Registers, GR3152, Archives of Manitoba.

Marriage registrations [Primrose Elizabeth Mary Thomson / Gester Eastman], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 December 2019

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