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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Henderson School No. 1311 (RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

The Henderson School District was established formally in August 1904 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW15-1-18W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain. During the 1940s, the building was used for services of the Bannerman Church of Christ. The school closed in 1968 when it joined the Turtle Mountain School Division. The building still remains at the site, surrounded by the dense tree cover of its shelterbelt. A sign on the nearby road commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Henderson School were John Nay (1904), W. W. Metcalfe (1914-1915), Katie McLeod (1915), Lottie Porter (1919), D. Finnen (1919-1920), Bertha Barsky (1923-1924), F. M Bissett (1926-1927), P. McNevin (1928-1929), Louise McPhedran (1930-1931), Edith Elizabeth Nicol (1932-1933), Carl Bjarnason (1938-1939), Freda Miller (1939-1940), Richard Neilson (1940-1941), Franklin Stuart “Frank” Presunka (1941-1943), Miss Luella F. Glock (1943-1944), Harold Wilfred Walker (1944-1946), Miss Annie Neufeld (1946-1947), Angela May Shirtliff (1947-1948), Isabel Jeanette Allison (1948-1949), Esther Kettner (1950-1951), Ruth Elizabeth Rempel (1951-1953), Glen J. Hammond (1953-1954), Mrs. Jean Margaret Jaques (1954-1955), Viola Mae Neufeld (1955-1956), Mrs. Mabel I. Agar (1956-1957), Mrs. Devona Doreen Kenter (1957-1964), and Nellie Irene Friesen (1964-1967).

Henderson School

Henderson School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 96.

Henderson School

Commemorative sign for the former Henderson School (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Henderson School

The former Henderson School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Henderson School

Interior of the former Henderson School (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.02949, W99.81711
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR4072), Henderson School District No. 1311 Daily Registers, 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.

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

Reflections: Turtle Mountain Municipality and Killarney, 1882-1982, page 108.

We thank Paul Dale (Canadian Churches of Christ Historical Society) and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2017

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