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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harrow School No. 464 (Municipality of Riverdale)

The Harrow School District was established formally in June 1886 and a school building was erected at a cost of $550 on SW22-11-20W in the Municipality of Riverdale. In 1923, the original frame structure was replaced by the present one, designed by Brandon architect David Marshall. The original Harrow School building is now at the Chapman Museum, after being used for a time as a granary. The school closed in July 1966 and its remaining students went to Rivers Consolidated School No. 1484. The building was later used as a community centre. Records for the school were transferred to the Archives of Manitoba in 2014.

The teachers who worked at Harrow School through the years were Miss McFarlin (1886), Florence Dadson (1887), Milton Hillis (1888), Milton Taylor (1889), Hannah Wilson (1890), Mr. McCracken (1891), Margaret Beveridge (1892, 1895), Blanche Cameron (1893), Alice Sherrin (1893), William Lockhart (1894), Ada Cascaden (1894), Jessie Barton (1896), Louise Murray (1896), Alice Gilbert (1897), Lulu Rowe (1898), Jennie Poole (1899), Sarah Lander (1899-1900), Miss M. Morrison (1901), Miss B. Emmons (1902), Miss B. Scott (1903), Miss I. Blackburn (1904-1905), Miss Stinson (1906-1907), Miss Eva Cuddy (1907-1908), Miss E. Armstrong (1908), Miss B. Knowlton (1909), Miss E. Mawhinney (1909), Miss P. Haigh (1910), Miss K. Smith (1910), Miss M. Chester (1911), Miss I. Drummond (1912), Miss M. McDonald (1912), Miss M. Hodgson (1913), Miss O. Henderson (1914-1917), Miss E. M. Bayne (1918), Miss M. Grant (1918), Miss A. Grant (1918-1920), Miss A. Burdette (1921), Miss H. Rogers (1922), Miss I. Nevin (1922), Miss M. McLaren (1923), Mr. H. Blain (1924), Miss A. Hunter (1924-1925), Miss Edna Stewart (1925-1928), Miss E. Kennedy (1928-1929), Miss E. McLatchie (1929-1930), Miss N. Snyder (1930-1932), Miss Margaret Cochrane (1932-1933), Florence Baker Russell (1933-1939), Miss V. Hatch (1939-1941), Miss M. Cowan (1941-1942), Miss O. House (1942-1943), Miss I. Smith (1943-1944), Miss J. Wadsworth (1944-1945), Miss Gretta Hogeland (1945-1946), Miss W. Armstrong (1946), Miss J. Burnett (1947-1949), Mrs. E. Rinn (1949-1951), Miss R. Shaver (1951-1952), Mrs. E. Main (1952-1953), Miss H. Brown (1953), Miss T. Isaac (1953-1954), Miss Wilma Hedley (1954-1955), Miss G. McPherson (1955-1956), Miss E. Senkow (1956-1957), Mrs. I. Mansfield (1957), Mrs. Doreen Smith (1959-1960), Mrs. Marjorie Penny (1960-1961), Miss Margaret McAree (1961-1963), Mrs. Ruth Curtis (1963-1965), and Mrs. Bernice McDonald (1965-1966).

The original Harrow School building, used from 1887 to 1923

The original Harrow School building, used from 1887 to 1923 (no date)
Source: Chapman Museum (Archives of Manitoba)

The original Harrow School building, later used as a granary

The original Harrow School building, later used as a granary (no date)
Source: Chapman Museum (Archives of Manitoba)

The original Harrow School building, being moved to the Chapman Museum

The original Harrow School building, being moved to the Chapman Museum (1970s)
Source: Chapman Museum (Archives of Manitoba)

The original Harrow School building at the Chapman Museum

The original Harrow School building at the Chapman Museum (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 266.

The second Harrow School building

The second Harrow School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 274.

The second Harrow School building

The second Harrow School building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.93764, W100.14059
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Harrow School (550 Harrow Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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.

From Generation to Generation by the Kirkham Bridge Women’s Institute, 1988, 166 pp.

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 Lois Allen (Chapman Museum) for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2020

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