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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shellmouth School No. 292 (Shellmouth, RM of Riding Mountain West)

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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 Riding Mountain West. 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.

Principals

Period

Principal

1921-1935

Charles L. Miller

1935-1937

Walter George Crane (1906-1979)

1937-1938

Borden Brownlee Johnston (1911-1996)

1938-1940

William Edward “Bill” Scurfield (1915-1993)

1940-1942

Margaret Catherine Busch Wilson (1905-1986)

1942-1943

Eva Wendell

1943-1944

Charles Linwood “Charlie” Miller (1891-1958)

1944-1951

?

1951-1953

L. A. Haas

1953-1954

Jerry P. Rogan

1954-1955

T. M. Sherloski

1955-1959

Mrs. L. Haas

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1937-1938

Anna Winifred Large (grades 1-4), Louise Allison Swirtzer (grades 5-8), Walter George Crane (grades 9-11)

1938-1939

Borden Brownlee Johnston (grades 9-11), Anna Winifred Large (grades 1-4), Louise Allison Swirtzer (grades 5-8)

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

Photos & Coordinates

The original Shellmouth School building

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

Shellmouth School building made of locally-manufactured concrete blocks

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 commemorative monument

Shellmouth School commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

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

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

Sources:

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.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2019

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