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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Union Prairie School No. 1236 (RM of Armstrong)

The Union Prairie School District was formally established in May 1903 and a school building was erected on the southeast quarter of 14-18-1 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong. In 1936, it became part of the Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842. The school remained open until it became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building was moved to Inwood where it was used as a museum. Nothing remains at the former school site except a fringe of trees from its shelterbelt.

Among the teachers who worked at Union Prairie School through the years were Miss Jackson (1911), Mertha McBean (1911-1912), Olive Cunningham (1912-1913), Lula E. McRobert (1913), Ethel Craig (1913), Vivian Dickinson (1914-1915), Mrs. C. M. Mallinson (1915-1916), Mr. J. Espe (1916, 1919-1920), Isabella May (1917), Malka Hausfeld (1917), Mrs. C. S. Clifford (1918-1919), Maria Cossette (1920), Henry H. McKeen (1920), Ernest A. Nicol (1921), M. E. Bristow (1921), Hazel M. Dixon (1922), Florence Mae Carott [Curdt?] (1923-1925), Thelma J. Johannsson (1926-1927), Jean Johnston (1930-1931), (1931-1936 classes at Cossette School), Willa Marion Irwin (1937-1938), Sadie McMaster McFetridge (1938-1939), D. Case (c1930s), B. Craig (c1930s), A. Schroeder (c1930s), Blanche Riddell Craig (1940-1941), Christina Herd Hogue (1941-1942), Lillian London (1942-1943), Elsie Borkowski [Burkowski] (1944-1945), J. Forester, J. Struthers, M. Drad, S. Duff (1950), D. Hagglund (1951), A. Sum (1952), Lorne William Ferley (1953), A. Prestupa (1955), A. Harysh (1956), M. Strick (1957), B. Wirgau (1958), P. Blahey (1960), B. Blahey (1962), and S. Kulbaski (1963).

Union Prairie School

Union Prairie School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 82.

The former Union Prairie School site

The former Union Prairie School site (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53698, W97.48376
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

School District Formation Files [Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

The Interlake Beckoned: A History of Inwood and Surrounding Districts by Inwood History Book Committee, 1980. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.I59 Int]

Manitoba School Records Collection, Union Prairie School District No. 1236 - Daily Register, GR11220 , Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Union Prairie School District No. 1236 - Cash Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 November 2019

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