Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mount Vernon School No. 697 (RM of Elton)

Mount Vernon School District was formally established in March 1892 and a school building was constructed at this site in the Rural Municipality of Elton. The district was dissolved in January 1959 and its area became part of the Elton Municipal School No. 2360. The school closed permanently in June 1964 and the building was later demolished. A monument, erected in August 2001, commemorates the pioneers, teachers, and students of the school.

The teachers of Mount Vernon School were Mr. Findlay (1892), Miss Agnes Caryl (1893-1894), Miss M. Irwin (1895), Edward Shelvey (1895), Miss F. H. Creighton (1896), Miss May MacDonald (1898-1899), Miss E. M. Cleverly (1900), Mr. W. E. Ingersoll (1901), Miss R. Rogers (1902-1905), Miss A. Kennedy (1909-1910), Miss Pearl Strowger (1911), Miss K. E. Armstrong (1912), Miss F. Kilfoyle (1913), Miss F. L. Gainer (1914), Mr. R. Anderson (1916-1917), Miss May Nevins (1919), Miss Annie McFaddin (1919-1921), Miss A. E. Gilchrist (1922-1923), Miss F. M. Bissett (1923-1924), Miss F. Mowat (1924-1926), Miss G. E. McCallum (1926-1928), Miss G. M. Boyes (1928-1930), Miss M. Berry (1930-1933), Miss V. Doherty (1933-1936), Mr. M. Leybourne (1936-1939), Mrs. A. Robertson (1939-1941), Miss D. Franklin (1941-1943), Miss V. Franklin (1943-1944), Miss B. Wallace (1944-1945), Miss E. Lane (1945-1946), Miss V. Bell (1946-1949), Miss L. Penner (1949-1951), Miss M. L. Rice (1951-1952), Mrs. O. Borowski (1952-1953), Mrs. B. Jackson (1953-1954), Miss J. Lin (1954-1955), Mrs. D. Smith (1955-1956), Mrs. M. Lowe (1956-1957), Mrs. M. Northam (1957-1959), Miss L. Griffiths (1959-1962), Miss B. Marriott (1962-1963), Mrs. V. Switzer (1963), and Mrs. Faye Gillespie (1964).

Mount Vernon School

Mount Vernon School (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 110.

Mount Vernon School commemorative monument

Mount Vernon School commemorative monument (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.01548, W100.02695
denoted by symbol on the map above


Homesteaders and Homemakers: A History of Elton Municipality in its First Century by Elton Historical Committee, 1973. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.E48 Hom]

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 January 2021

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