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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dunlop School No. 2150 (RM of Alexander)

The Dunlop School District was established formally in June 1926, named for school inspector J. E. S. Dunlop, and a schoolhouse was built at SW14-18-7E in the Rural Municipality of Alexander, on four acres donated by local farmer Oscar Hart. The building was destroyed by fire during the winter of early 1943 and a replacement was constructed later that year by two carpenters from Grand Marais, Pete Olsen and Billy Webb. It operated until 1966 when the school closed and students were bused to Walter Whyte School. The building was moved to the grounds of Grand Marais School where it was used as a classroom for about two years. The school’s concrete foundation remains at the original site.

The teachers of Dunlop School were Jaroslaw Wywara (1926), Jane Vryenhock (1926-1927), Esther Guy (1927), Eva Schwartz (1928), Jessie M. Post (1928), Madeleine Gertrude MacTavish (1929), Lydia Haehns (1929-1930), Gertrude Frances Johnston (1930-1911), Mabel Sheard (1931-1932), Mrs. L. Schmidt (1932), Mabel Sheard (1933), Lucy Evaline Mills (1933-1937), Marjorie Louise Harper (1937-1938), Vivian Yvonne Airth (1938-1939), Marie C. Ignot (1940), Mary Madeliene Burzminski (1940-1941), Margaret Gerenia Rowan (1941), Eva C. Gamberg (1942), Marie C. Reckseidler (1942-1945), Marie Alexiuk (1945-1946), Mrs. Marie Orischuk (1947), Nestor Jeffrey Topolinski (1947-1948), Norma Eileen Ulrich (1948-1949), Mrs. Marjorie Louise Uchtmann (1949-1950), Nestor Jeffrey Topolinski (1950-1951), Leonard Baumgartner (195l-1953), Mary Bernice Budz (1953-1955), Marjorie Louise Uchtmann (1955-1958), Mrs. L. Fenuik (1958-1960), Harvey J. Lacroix (1960-1961), Bruce Yarrow (1964-1965), and A. Lesosky (1965-1966).

The original Dunlop School building

The original Dunlop School building (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 104.

Concrete foundation for the former Dunlop School

Concrete foundation for the former Dunlop School (August 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53370, W96.51517
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Walter Whyte School (Grand Marais, RM of St. Clements)

Memorable Manitobans: James Erron Stanley Dunlop (1882-1945)

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Victoria Beach East topographic map, 62I/15 East, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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.

East Side of the Red, 1884-1984 by St. Clements Historical Committee, 1984.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 July 2020

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