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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grassy River School No. 1276 (Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne)

The Grassy River School District was established formally in May 1902 and it operated a school on the northeast quarter of 6-18-11 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Glenella. The school closed in 1967 and the district was dissolved the following year. The former school building, not the original one at the site, was later turned into a granary that still stands as of 2012. The school is commemorated by a monument in Glenella.

Among the teachers of Grassy River School was Nancy Newman (1950-1951).

Grassy River School

Grassy River School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 89.

Grassy River School

Grassy River School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 444.

Grassy River School

The former Grassy River School building (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.51378, W98.96246
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

We thank Nancy Newman Zielke for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 November 2016

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