Historic Sites of Manitoba: Webster School No. 1919 (RM of Grey)

The Webster School District was formally established in March 1918 however students were sent out of district until 1925 when a schoolhouse was built. The school was located in a former bank building from Fannystelle, and situated on the southeast quarter of 29-8-3 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Grey. Its acquisition and furnishing was financed via a $2,000 debenture issued in April 1925 following a vote of local ratepayers of 11 for to zero opposed. Classes began in the autumn of that year.

A monument marks the former site of Webster School which closed permanently in 1961, with remaining students going to Elm Creek Consolidated School No. 812, and the school district was formally dissolved in January 1966. The monument, erected in 1992 for the Elm Creek centennial year, is dedicated to the pioneers, teachers, and students of Webster School.

The teachers of Webster School were Miss Una Wallace (Fall 1925 - Spring 1928), May Calvert (August 1928), Beatrice Hutchings (September 1928 - June 1929 and Fall 1929), Margaret Susan “Susie” Nichols (Spring 1930), Hazel Doris Winder (Fall 1930 - Spring 1931), Mary Evelyn Pritchard (Fall 1931 - Fall 1932), Constance Grace Franzmann (Spring 1933 - Spring 1944 and April-June 1951), Evelyn Dorothy Denhard (Fall 1944 - Spring 1945), Miss Annie Martens (Fall 1945 - Spring 1946), Annie Janzen (Fall 1946 - Spring 1950), Annemary Thielmann (August 1950 - March 1951), Calista Ina Braden (Fall 1951 - Spring 1952), Elizabeth “Betty” Funk (Fall 1952 - Spring 1954), Madeline Edith Underwood (Fall 1954 - Spring 1960), and Dorothy Meadmore (Fall 1960 - Spring 1961).

Among the noteworthy students of Webster School was Ron Meadmore.

Webster School

Webster School (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 60.

Webster School commemorative monument

Webster School commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Webster School commemorative monument

Webster School commemorative monument (June 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.68021, W97.82366
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.

Fannystelle: 1889-1989, Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.F35 Fan.

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

Corporate Security registered documents (ATG 0089), #38 School District of Webster, GR12576, Archives of Manitoba.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Gretna School District No. 336 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 25 February 2024

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