Historic Sites of Manitoba: Balmerino School No. 615 (RM of Ellice-Archie)

The Balmerino School District was organized formally in March 1890 and a one-room school building operated at this location in what is now the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie. It closed in 1952 and the remaining students went to Binscarth Consolidated School No. 2326. The building is no longer at the site but a small concrete model commemorates it.

The teachers of Balmerino School included Elizabeth Ebbert (1906), Kate E. Drysdale (1907), Margaret G. Valens (1907), Ethel M. Clare (1908), Lillian Orr (1908-1911), Ethel C. Cass (1911-1914), Violet Clements (1914-1915), Margaret H. Bailey (1915-1916), Clair McDiarmid (1916-1920), Catherine Johnson (1920, substitute), Lelia P. Matheson (1920), Eva F. Marlin (1921-1924), J. McNeil (1924, substitute), Olive Margaret Mayhew (1924-1926), Gladys E. Mason (1926-1927), John Maxwell “Jack” McGilvray (1927-1930), Lovine McFarlane (1930-1933), Laura Louise Johnson (1933-1938), Evelyn Minnie Dunfield (1938-1940), Wilhelmina “E.” Ross (1940-1941), Eva Pearl Tilbratts (1941-1945), Ninaleu Duke (1945-1946), Jean Elizabeth Burdett (1947-1948), Ida Margaret Rowan (1948-1949), and Darlene Ann Darker (1949-1950).

Balmerino School

Balmerino School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 97.

Balmerino School commemorative monument

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

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.57298, W101.27000
denoted by symbol on the map above


Manitoba School Records Collection (GR2061), Balmerino School District No. 615 Daily Registers, 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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 January 2021

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