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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Langruth Consolidated School No. 1303 (Langruth, Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

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The Langruth School District was established formally in October 1910, but it was short-lived, being consolidated early the next year, into the Langruth Consolidated School District, through its merger with Poplar Leaf School District No. 1303.

Langruth Consolidated School District No. 1303 was formed in May 1911, and a modest wood frame school building was erected in the village of Langruth, in what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone. As of the late 1980s, that building was still standing, and being used as a storage building. Meanwhile, it had been replaced by a brick structure that stood until 1953, when it was replaced by a new two-storey wood frame building beside it. A high school building was erected later, on a nearby site along Highway #50 and the original school was used for elementary classes.

When the high school closed, students from the elementary school were moved in. The former elementary school sat empty for some time, then was renovated by the Sandy Lake First Nation for use as apartments for their school teachers. The building was later closed due to violation of health standards and has been sitting vacant for some years.

A monument on the grounds of the present Langruth Elementary School, topped by the former school bell and dedicated on 30 June 1984, commemorates rural schools that were consolidated with it through the years: Airedale School No. 1492, Amana School No. 928, Big Point School No. 962, Hecland School No. 1277, Hollywood School No. 1279, Lakeside School No. 225, Langruth School No. 1550, Marshland School No. 1278, and North Lakeland School No. 754.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1923

James Thomas Hulme (1864-1938)

1923-1924

George Robert Farrar Prowse (1860-1946)

1924-1927

?

1927-1928

Albert Wallace Craigie (1891-1964)

1928-1933

?

1933-1935

Glenn Homer Turner (1912-1987)

1935-1938

Cameron Laird Connell (1913-2010)

1938-1939

Allan T. Falls

1939-1940

Henry Benjamin Bees (c1886-1968)

1940-1944

Benjamin Foreman (c1898-1981)

1944-1949

William V. Domitrack (1908-1978)

1949-1950

Ethel Wood

1950-1955

Gerald Lionel Kuran (?-?)

1955-1956

Florence Grace Chappell (c1912-1967)

1956-1957

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1957-1970

Victoria Olive Crealock Hall (1901-1971)

1970-1971

R. Cibula

Teachers

Among the other teachers of Langruth School was A. J. Starr.

Photos & Maps

Langruth School

The first Langruth Consolidated School (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 94.

Langruth School

The first Langruth School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 546.

Langruth School

The second Langruth Consolidated School, with the earlier school building visible to the left (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 94.

Langruth School

The second Langruth Consolidated School (circa 1911)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspector Photos GR2664, C65.

Langruth School

Students and horse-drawn vans beside the second Langruth School (circa 1914)
Source: Education Department Report, 1914, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Langruth School

The second Langruth School building (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

Langruth School

The second Langruth School building (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

Langruth School

The third Langruth School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 545.

Langruth School

The third Langruth School, later used as a teachers’ residence by the Sandy Lake First Nation, now closed (April 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Langruth School

Monument for the Langruth School, topped by its bell, in front of the present elementary school at N50.38300, W98.67489 (April 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.38819, W98.67490
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Personal Memoirs: Memories of Teaching at Langruth School (1951-1952) by Duane Duff

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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 Philip Thordarson and Ed Arndt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2017

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