Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clifton Bank School No. 777 (RM of Prairie Lakes)

The Clifton Bank School District was established formally in November 1884 and a one-room schoolhouse operated on the northeast corner of NE16-6-15W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes. The original building was destroyed by fire on Arbor Day in 1919. A replacement was constructed two years later at NE21-6-15W. It closed in 1946. The district was dissolved in 1960 and its catchment area was divided between Glenboro Consolidated School District No. 2367 and Belmont Consolidated School District No. 441. The school building stood vacant at the site for many years but, as of 2009, it was gone.

Among the teachers of Clifton Bank School were Miss Esther Fallis, Miss Van Vliet, Miss Borley, Miss Gladys Dowd, Miss Isabella Mary Hill, Miss Armstrong, Miss Ettie Cunningham, Grover Vrooman (1916), Miss Pritchard (1918), Margaret Jamieson (1921-1923), Jessie E. Dayton (1923-1924), Vera M. Mahon (1924-1925), E. G. Hamilton (1925), Carrie E. Lyall (1926), Edna E. Campbell (1926-1927), Venia Jackson (1927-1930), Mamie Eleanor White (1930-1936), Sophie Olafson (1936-1938), Edith Eileen Rogers (1938-1939), Evelyn Anna Trumbla (1939-1941), Audrey Pearl Johnson (1941-1942), Muriel Beatrice Freedy (1942), Evelyn Spring (1943), Ruby I. Hamilton (1943-1944), Gloria Beryl Leach (1944-1945), Una Earl (1946), Lillian John (1946).

Second Clifton Bank Creek School building

Second Clifton Bank Creek School building (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 124.

Former Clifton Bank School building

Former Clifton Bank School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1340.

Former Clifton Bank School building

Former Clifton Bank School building (no date)
Source: Doug Brown

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.49586, W99.42835
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.

Hilton Heritage, Hilton History Book Committee, 1987, page 44.

The Path of the Pioneers: Belmont and District, 1889-1989 by Belmont History Committee, 1989. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.B44 Pat]

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

This page was prepared by Doug Brown and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 July 2019

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