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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shellmouth School No. 292 (Shellmouth, RM of Shellmouth-Boulton)

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In 1883, the Shellmouth School District was organized formally in the village of Shellmouth in what is now the Rural Municipality of Shellmouth-Boulton. The first classes were held in tents during warm weather and in local homes during the cold weather. A school building was erected in 1884. It was replaced in 1910 by a two-storey structure built of locally manufactured concrete blocks. In 1912, it was consolidated with Emerald School No. 1578 to form Shellmouth Consolidated School No. 292.

The school was destroyed by fire on 20 December 1919 but classes continued in the local hall. In 1921, a three-classrom school was built. It closed permanently in 1968. The building is now used as a community hall and a nearby monument, erected in September 1987, commemorates the former school.





Charles L. Miller


Walter G. Crane




William Edward “Bill” Scurfield (1915-1993)


Margaret E. Busch


Eva Wendell


Charles Linwood “Charlie” Miller (1891-1958)




L. A. Haas


Jerry P. Rogan


T. M. Sherloski


Mrs. L. Haas


Among the teachers who worked at Shellmouth School were A. L. Bonnycastle and Ellen Elizabeth Wherrett.

Photos & Maps

Shellmouth School

The original Shellmouth School building (no date)
Source: Education Department Report, 1917, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Shellmouth School

Shellmouth School building made of locally-manufactured concrete blocks (circa 1917)
Source: Education Department Report, 1917, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Shellmouth School

Shellmouth School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 4.

Shellmouth School

Shellmouth School monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.93604, W101.47886
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks


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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 December 2014

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