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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rathwell School No. 578 (Rathwell, Municipality of Norfolk Treherne)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

The Rathwell School District was established formally in May 1889 and a school building was erected in the village of Rathwell in what is now the Municipality of Norfolk Treherne. In 1903, it was replaced by a two-storey wood frame building designed by Brandon architect Walter H. Shillinglaw. In 1956, the district was consolidated with Gordon Union School No. 393 (earlier located at SE2-9-9W) to form Rathwell Consolidated School No. 578. The building was demolished in 1961 and replaced by the present structure.

On 18 July 1982, a stone monument topped by the original school bell was erected by former students and teachers in front of the last Rathwell School building, which is now closed and used for industrial purposes.

Principals

Period

Principal

1904-1905

Lorne L. Dawson

1905-1906

Jessie J. McKenzie

1906-1907

Mary K. Anderson

1907-1908

Douglas M. Brown

1908-1909

A. S. Gibson

1909-1910

Francis Kethel “Frank” Coleridge (1865-1944)

1910-1912

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1913-1917

Clifford Knox Rogers (1889-1968)

1917-1918

Paul Knox

1918-1919

Angus McNevin (1862-1923)

1919-1923

J. A. Draper

1923-1924

James Andrew McKaughan (1877-1968)

1924-1925

Omar Ernest Campbell (1868-1936)

1925-1926

James Andrew McKaughan (1877-1968)

1926-1927

Mary J. Perry

1927-1928

John Alfred Hammond (1898-1988)

1928-1931

Wilfrid Gatley Booth (1904-1986)

1931-1932

Charles Edward Clare Durnin (c1903-1974)

1932-1936

Wesley Sterling McGill (1904-1986)

1936-1939

Jacob Truthwaite Norquay (1884-1976)

1939-1948

James Austin Delgaty (1894-1974)

1948-1952

Clair Edmond Dawson (?-1995)

1952-1953

Lorne Avery Chapple (1920-2000)

1953-1956

William George Cooper (1911-1983)

1956-1964

Maurice Alfred Decosse (1928-1977)

Teachers

Among the teachers who worked at Rathwell School were M. Allan Davis (1906), Vivian D. Glass (1941-1942), and Thelma Bessie Brown Forbes.

Photos & Maps

Postcard view of Rathwell School

Postcard view of Rathwell School (circa 1903)
Source: Andrew Cunningham

Postcard view of Rathwell School

Postcard view of Rathwell School (1908) by Winnipeg Photo Company
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0082

Rathwell School

Rathwell School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 90.

Rathwell School monument with the former school building in the background

Rathwell School monument with the former school building in the background (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.64916, W98.54918
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

“Rathwell, Man”, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, July 1919, 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.

We thank Andrew Cunningham and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2018

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