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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tracy School No. 1066 (RM of Dufferin)

A monument marks the location of Tracy School, which was organized in April 1900. A one-room schoolhouse was constructed at the southwest corner of SE5-8-4W in the Rural Municipality of Grey. Sometime before 1921, the building was moved to the northeast corner of NW33-7-4W in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. A new structure was built in 1925, complete with full basement, furnace, and indoor toilets. The former school building was moved to Elm Creek where it was used as a private residence. The new school was used until it closed permanently in 1961 and the following year the building was moved to NW13-8-6W (about N49.66461, W98.15000) where it was renovated into a private residence. The monument, located along an ungravelled road, was erected at the former school site in 1992, for the Elm Creek centennial year, and dedicated to the pioneers, teachers, and students of Tracy School District.

Among the teachers of Garnett School were S. M. Lougheed (1922-1923), Alice M. Gray (1923), Gertrude B. Brown (1924), Leila M. Copeland (1924-1927), Jean Bowles (1927-1929), Mary Evelyn Pritchard (1929-1930), Dora Vincent (1930-1932), Beulah Patricia Park (1932-1933), Kathleen Hewson Smith (1933-1936), Lorraine Cameron Rodgers (1936-1937), Constance Margaret Webster (1937-1938), Ethel May Edwards (1938-1939), Margaret Helen Martin (1939-1941), Sadie Elizabeth Sanderson (1941-1942), Kathleen Hewson Smith Malmquist (1942-1943), Ethel Mary McInnis (1943-1944), Peter Lewco (1944), Therese Germaine Cote (1945), Claire Rita Bouchard (1945-1946), Evelyn Mary Carmichael Leask (1946-1947), Helen Jean Pumputis (1947-1948), Elizabeth May “Betty” Anderson (1948-1949), Ruth Elizabeth Rempel (1949-1950), ? (1950-1951), Katherine Hamm (1950), Arthur Clark (1951), Bernice Irene Houde (1951), Hilda Dyck (1952-1953), Gladys M. Alsop (1953-1954), Dorothy E. Fischer (1954), Anne Watt (1954-1955), Rose-Marie Barton (1955-1956), Bernice Mae Baker (1956-1958), Margaret Rose-Marie Lesperance (1959), Donna B. Swanton (1959-1960), and Ides Edel Grapatin (1960-1961).

Tracy School

Tracy School (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 50.

The former Tracy School building, now a private residence

The former Tracy School building, now a private residence (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 329.

The former Tracy School building, now a private residence

The former Tracy School building, now a private residence (October 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Tracy School commemorative monument

Tracy School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.62098, W97.94854
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

A Century of Memories: Elm Creek Centennial History Book, 1892-1992 edited by Doug and Hazel Frost. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.E46 Cen]

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Tracy School District No. 1066 - Daily Registers, GR2085, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Tracy School District No. 1066 - Cash Book, GR7164, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 January 2021

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