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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kissman School No. 1648 (RM of Grahamdale)

The Kissman School District was established formally in January 1913 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE33-26-8W in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Grahamdale. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. Only the concrete foundation of the former school and its water pump remained at the time of a 2016 site visit.

Among the teachers of Kissman School were Jaroslaw Weywara (1921-1923), C. M. Langford (1924), Susan Miller (1924), Charles P. Munro (1925), John Ensworth Morison (1925-1927), Henry F. Goerz (1937-1938), Rudy E. Mehmel (1945-1946), Agatha Loewen (1946-1947), Marian Doris Wiebe (1948-1949), Nina Ethel Rankel (1949-1950), William K. Schellenberg (1950-1951), Mrs. Evard H. Helm (1951-1952), Eden Funk (1962-1963), Roger W. Taylor (1963-1964), and Dora Jane-Anne Springer (1967-1968).

Kissman School

Kissman School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 10.

Concrete foundation for the former Kissman School

Concrete foundation for the former Kissman School (July 2016)
Source: Holly Thorne

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.28884, W98.51500
denoted by symbol on the map above


Steep Rock topographic map, 62O/7, Edition 1, Series A743 [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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Kissman School District No. 1648 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and Holly Thorne.

Page revised: 12 April 2020

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