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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kingswood School No. 703 (RM of Ritchot)

The Kingswood School District was established in June 1892. A one-room schoolhouse operated at SW14-7-3E in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot. The district was dissolved in 1961 and its area became part of the Niverville Consolidated School District. The former school building, a replacement of the original structure, was renovated into a private residence which is still present at the site.

Among the teachers who worked at Kingswood School through the years were: Minerva Dearborn, Murill M. Hemming, A. French, Elizabeth Elkin, E. M. Forrester, Mary Schwartz, Catherine Gibbings, Dorothy Swinburne, Constance Offen, Ruth White, Allison Bird, C. M. Stewart, Lillian Morgan, S. M. McTavish, B. Bolten, Mina Martens, L. Sedan, Rosalie Orchard, Francis R. Johnson, Jennie Kosinski, Irene B. Dyck, M. Wiens, Joan Dearborn, Helga Peters, and Victor Krueger.

Kingswood School

Kingswood School (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 111.

Kingswood School

Kingwood School (no date)
Source: John Schellenberg, Schools - Our Heritage, 1985.

The former Kingswood School building

The former Kingswood School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1095.

The former Kingswood School building

The former Kingswood School building (November 2015)
Source: Jean McManus

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.56132, W97.08213
denoted by symbol on the map above


St. Adolphe East topographic map, 62H/11 East, Edition 2 ASE, 1958, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

Schools - Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division (1878-1968) by John K. Schellenberg, The Board of The Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985, ISBN 0-919673-93-7.

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 and Jean McManus for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 March 2020

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