Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tobarmore School No. 616 (RM of Rosedale)

The Tobarmore School District was established in March 1890 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW3-18-15W in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale. In late 1908, the original structure was replaced by one at NW27-17-15W. It closed in January 1968. The remaining students were bused to schools at Edrans and Neepawa. The building was sold and moved to Riding Mountain where it was used as a community centre.

Among the teachers of Tobarmore School were Mr. Whitehouse (1908), Miss McNeil (1908-1909), Miss Proutt (1909), Miss Stevenson (1909-1911), F. Palmiteer (1911-1912), Miss Jean Patterson (1912-1913), Miss Mabel Drummond (1913-1914), Miss Morrison (1914-1915), Miss Maddocks (1915-1916), Mrs. Hilda Newcombe (1916-1917), Miss Mildred Thornton (1917-1919), Miss Thompson (1919), Miss Elmina Schopp (1919-1920), Miss Foster (1920), Miss Bessie Winder (1920-1921), Miss Daisy White (1921-1924), Miss Annie Critchley (1924-1925), Miss E. Effler (1925-1926), Miss D. White (1926-1928), Miss A. Coak (1928), Miss R. Allan (1928-1930), Miss Pansy Duncombe (1930-1932), Miss Vera Olstead (1932-1934), Miss P. hills (1934-1935), Miss Mabel Guest (1935-1936), Miss May Wilson (1936-1938), Miss Smith (1938-1939), Miss Ina Beattie (1939-1940), Miss Eva Greenberg (1940), Miss Monson (1940), Guy Chauviere (1941), Miss Irene Mohr (1941-1945), Keith Chorneyko (1946-1947), Miss Jean Mcleod (1947), Miss Leween Singleton (1947-1948), Miss Muriel Madill (1948-1949), Miss Ruby Onisemchuk (1949-1950), Miss Jean Cawston (1950-1951), Miss C. Grudeski (1951-1952), Miss Greta Cook (1952-1955), Mrs. Gwen Jackson (1955-1958), Lyle Severson (1958-1959), Miss Ellen Strong (1959-1961), Wayne Dunham (1961-1965), Mrs. Irene Rainka (1965-1966), Mrs. Connie Birnie (1966-1967), and Mrs. Kris Servante (1967-1968).

Tobarmore School

Tobarmore School (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 97.

The former Tobarmore School building

The former Tobarmore School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1159.

Tobarmore School commemorative monument

Tobarmore School commemorative monument (June 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.49150, W99.46898
denoted by symbol on the map above


A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

East of the Mountains: Eden-Birnie Story, Wards 2 and 5, Rural Municipality of Rosedale, Manitoba: 1877-1984 by Eden Birnie History Book Committee, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.E35 Eas]

Rosedale Remembers, 1884-1984 by Rosedale Centennial Book Committee, 1984, pages 65-66.

The Beautiful Plains Story: 1983-2008 by Neepawa and Area History Committee, 2008, page 161.

This page was prepared by Allan Drysdale and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2021

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