Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rossendale Consolidated School No. 2419 (Rossendale, Municipality of North Norfolk)
As rural school consolidation occurred throughout Manitoba in the 1960s, smaller schools around Rossendale closed, including Allandale School No. 1946, Clairmont School No. 1140, Currie School No. 1952, Elmwood School No. 864, Ferris School No. 1442, Hartford School No. 896, Lavenham School No. 742, and South Rossendale School No. 1441. Their students were bused to the new Rossendale Consolidated School, opened in January 1965 with five classrooms and a gymnasium. Children from Long Plains Reserve and, later, Dakota Plains Reserve, also attended the school. It became part of Pine Creek School Division in 1968, and served the community until the mid-1980s, by which time declining enrollment resulted in just one of its classrooms being used for teaching purposes. The school closed in June 1986. The building was later used as a workshop for a oil-seed processing company based at Rossendale, and a new roof was installed around 2010.
Teachers who worked at Rossendale Consolidated School through the years included Nel Henry, Belle Sole, Leona Tomchuk, Margaret Woodward, Eunice Donald, Victoria Donald, Rosalie Cox Bieganski, Frances Marginet, Bruce Stephens, Dale Zimmer, Judy Zimmer, Gisele Bernardin Corrigal, Eunice Pratt, Irene Prefontaine Maclean, Sharon Bystrom, Wendall Keeler, Donna Moore, Carol Zacharias, Freda Moffat, Lois McDougald Evenson, Marilyn Perchak, and Anne Poyser Pallister (1958-1959).
Photos & Maps
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.
Rossendale Through the Years, 1982. [Copy at Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.R685Ros]
Through Fields and Dreams: A History of the Rural Municipality of North Norfolk and MacGregor by The History Book Committee of the North Norfolk-MacGregor Archives, 1998, page 1150.
Manitoba Permit Teachers of World War II, compiled by Louisa Loeb, Winnipeg: Hyperion Press Ltd., 2007.
We thank Jordan Sawatzky for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 December 2017
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