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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carleton School No. 36 (RM of Morris)

The Carleton School District was formally established in March 1876 although a school board was not elected until 1883. The original site for Carleton School was on the south half of 24-5-1E in the Rural Municipality of Morris. It was later moved east to near the Red River. In 1912, it was moved again, to NE14-5-1E where it remained until closure in 1968. A new building was erected in 1951, opened at a ceremony on 16 November 1951 attended by the Minister of Education. After the school closed, students from this area were bused to Morris School. The building was moved to Morris where it was used for a time as a supplementary classroom and later as the Morris and District Centennial Museum. The school stable where students kept their horses during the day, built in 1949, was moved to the nearby Snarr farm where, as of 2012, it still stands.

Among the teachers who worked at Carleton School were Richard C. T. Collins (1897), Mr. Harrison, Miss Johnson, Miss Blake, Miss Vera Palmer, Olive Kastner, Miss Evelyn Churchill, Miss Leslie Hopkins, Mrs. James Stanley, Mrs. J. Johnson, Mrs. Charles Stevenson, Mrs. William Dickson, Miss Margaret Irvine, Miss Doris Fitzpatrick, Miss Grace Stevenson, and Mrs. Bruce MacKenzie.

The original Carleton School building

The original Carleton School building (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 13.

The former Carleton School building

The former Carleton School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 732.

The former Carleton School building, now the Morris and District Centennial Museum

The former Carleton School building, now the Morris and District Centennial Museum (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former stable for Carleton School, built in 1949 and now standing on the nearby Snarr farm

The former stable for Carleton School, built in 1949 and now standing on the nearby Snarr farm (May 2012)
Source: Lorne Thompson, RM of Morris

Site Location (lat/long): N49.39658, W97.34673
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Morris and District Centennial Museum (Main Street, Morris)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Central School / Carlton School (Graham Avenue, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Organization: Morris-Macdonald School Division School District No. 19


“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.

Furrows in the Valley: A History of the Municipality and its People compiled by the Morris History Book Committee, edited by Lenore Eidse, 1980.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Aerial photograph A11638-4 [1948], Manitoba Air Photo Library.

We thank the Rural Municipality of Morris and Mariette Allen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2018

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