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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roseland School No. 277 (RM of Whitehead)

The Roseland School District was organized formally in June 1884. Initially, a building at NE35-9-20W in the Rural Municipality of Whitehead served as a school and blacksmith shop. In 1886, a brick school building was erected at SE1-10-20. It was demolished in 1948 and replaced by the present structure. The district became part of the Brandon School Division in 1967 and the school closed the following year. The building is used as a community centre.

The teachers of Roseland School were Nicol Jeunice (1883-1885), Maggie Woodhall (1886), P. R. Hamlin (1887-1888), M. S. Fraser (1889), W. H. Ereham (1889), Hattie Hoxton (1890), Alfred Stewart (1891), Mabel Hooper (1892), N. P. Davidson (1892), Grace E. Palmer (1893), M. Arnett (1894), O. Arnett (1894), T. L. Arnett (1895), Margaret R. Baxter (1896), John A. Valens (1897), T. B. Patterson (1897), C. A. Sparrow (1898), J. J. Murray (1899), J. W. Broatch (1900), Maggie Davidson (1901), Gertrude Warner (1902-1903), Gloria Russell (1904), Thomas M. Eddy (1905), Thomas Moffatt (1906), Anne Moffatt (1907), Thomas Moffatt (1908), Percy Brethorse (1909), Christine Forrester (1909), Kathy Bissett (1910), Gladys Laidlaw (1911), Edythe Winterham (1912), R. E. Banning (1913), J. Elma Everall (1914), Monaca Lockhard (1915), Charles Kester (1916), Alice Gardiner (1917), L. Wilson (1918), Effie Weir (1918-1919), Jean Mason (1920), E. W. Rabe (1920), C. Irving (1920), Hazel Grant (1921), Margaret Morrison (1922), A. J. Cowing (1923), Lela Campbell (1924), Eva Morrison (1925-1926), Annie Ridyard (1927), Eileen Loney (1928), Elva Moffatt (1929), Lil Blackwell (1930-1933), Thelma Kidd (1934), Isabel Gorrel (1935-1938), Ethel Stewart (1939), Lorna Tapp (1940-1941), Gertie Campbell (1942-1944), Kathleen Crowston (1945), Gladys Hovey (1946), Claris Gray (1947-1949), Lawrence Budz (1950), Doris Boleyn (1951), Marie Miller (1952-1954), Elnore Freres (1955), Elizabeth Smith (1956), Amy Kunka (1957-1959), Helen Collomb (1960), Marilyn Thorley (1961), Mrs. Mansfield (1962-1965), Mrs. Gregory (1966), and Mrs. McKenzie (1967-1968).

The second Roseland School building, demolished in 1948

The second Roseland School building, demolished in 1948 (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 12.

The former Roseland School building

The former Roseland School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1468.

The former Roseland School building

The former Roseland School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Roseland School building

The former Roseland School building (June 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.79848, W100.06437
denoted by symbol on the map above


“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

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.

Whitehead Wanderings, 1883-1983 by Whitehead-Alexander Centennial Committee, 1983. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.W53 Whi]

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 David McDowell and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 August 2021

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