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Historic Sites of Manitoba: East Rosser School No. 594 (RM of Rosser)

The East Rosser School District was organized in May 1889 and a schoolhouse was built in the southwest quarter of 10-12-1 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Rosser. It closed in June 1962. The building was used as a community centre for a time, then was sold for use as a carpentry shop. In 2013, the building was moved to Grosse Isle (about N50.06604, W97.44503) to become part of a museum at the station for the Prairie Dog Central Railway.

Among the teachers of East Rosser School were Maggie Munro, Edna Steele, Florence Shafor, Gertrude Seldon, Esther McCuny, Beatrice Seldon, Mr. K. Edwinson, Anne Lefley, Emmie Carr, Connie Lovelace, Ells Darl, Miss Fraser, Maude Hicks, Marguerite Quickfall, Gertrude Hastey, Phyllis Stefanuk, Nellie Young, Muriel Kilgour, Muriel Gray, Alice Schwarz, Bella Greenlay, Dorothy Ryan, Rebecca Atkinson, Helen Blight, Jennie Keilor, Miss Grant, Una Mitchell, Ruby McDonald, Percy Beresford Binnett, Anna Corbett, Lillie Hallgrimson, Joan Bristow, Mary McCarthy, Bertha Norberg (1960-1962), H. J. Wright, and Irene Jackson.

East Rosser School

East Rosser School (no date) by E. D. Parker
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 32.

East Rosser School

The former East Rosser School building at its original location (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

East Rosser School

The former East Rosser School building at its new location in Grosse Isle (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

East Rosser School

Ceremony at the reopening of East Rosser School at the Grosse Isle Museum (September 2016)
Source: Gerry Norberg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.99050, W97.38864
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Prairie Dog Central Railway (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Rosser School No. 1246 (RM of Rosser)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westfield School / Rosser Village School No. 750 (Rosser, RM of Rosser)


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.

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

The First Hundred Years, 1893-1993 by the Rosser Municipality Centennial History Book Committee.

“Former school may become heritage site,” Headingley Headliner, 6 January 2012, page 1.

“East Rosser School move nudges forward,” Headingley Headliner, 13 July 2012, page 1.

We thank Gerry Norberg and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 July 2017

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