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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glencairn School No. 1149 (Municipality of McCreary)

The Glencairn School District was organized formally in October 1901 and, in 1925, a red-brick school building was erected next to the original schoolhouse on the northeast quarter of 23-19-14W in the Municipality of McCreary. The building contained two classrooms (junior and senior), a laboratory, library, cloakrooms, and full basement containing separate toilets and playrooms for girls and boys. In 1967, the school became part of the Turtle River School Division No. 32. After it closed, the building was used for a time as a private residence. It now appears vacant.

Among the teachers of Glencairn School were C. Nolan (1907), C. Ewing, H. Reid, I. Nelson, Miss M. E. Kane (1911), E. Fosburgh, C. Vanderpant, Iva McGregor, M. Bailey, M. E. Allan, A. E. Harris, I. A. Patterson, May Mayers (Spring 1917), Miss B. Ferguson (Spring 1917), Jacob Lewis Arbuckle (Fall 1917 - Spring 1919), Morval Ellis Bristow (Fall 1919 - ?), C. M. Clements, Freda McInnes (1923-1924), Sybil McIvor (1923-1924), Miss Christie, Miss Rutherford, Faith Werhan, I. M. Bennett, Velma Ostrum (1925), J. Hammond, Grace Norton (1927-1928), E. C. Davis (1927-1928), W. Bowler (1928-1929), Jessie Wallwin (1929-1930), D. McLennan (1929), N. Murray (1930), Violet Reeves (1930), Helen Manwaring (1931-1934), William M. Frame (1931-1934), A. Altman (1934-1935), D. Fyles (1934-1935), Ruth Crowe (1935), Elliot Crowe (1938), J. McCracken (1940), M. Jarmoc (1942), G. Kelly (1942), M. Sullivan (1943), M. Uranick (1946), B. Falk (1950), H. Schmidt (1951), M. Sitko (1952), D. Johnson (1953), S. Walker (1957), M. Gregory (1957), A. Clarimont (1958), A. Lechowiez (1959), E. Trach (1960), P. Letain (1961), Ernest “Ernie” Shwaluk (1962), Emil Byrka (1963), and Margaret Andrew (1965-1966).

Glencairn School

Glencairn School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 67.

The former Glencairn School building

The former Glencairn School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 658.

The former Glencairn School building

The former Glencairn School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 655.

The former Glencairn School building

The former Glencairn School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.65348, W99.30648
denoted by symbol on the map above


School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), 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.

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

McCreary: Milestones and Memories by McCreary History Book Committee, 1987, pages 133-135.

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

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2022

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