Historic Sites of Manitoba: Falmouth School No. 1856 (RM of Alonsa)
This location in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa was the site of Falmouth School. The school district was organized formally in February 1917 and the one-room schoolhouse became part of the Glenella municipal school system in 1936. The school closed in June 1962 and students were bussed to Amaranth School.
Among the former teachers of Falmouth School were Catherine Wiens (1917-1919, wife of novelist Frederick Philip Grove, who referred to the facility in his writing as “Plymouth School”), Sidney Crook (1919-1920), M. McCoughlin (1921-1922), Ed Moffat, Bill Johnston (1922-1923), R. A. Ruthledge, A. A. Sanford (1923-1924), G. S. Guest, L. S. Dumeresq (1924-1925), Margaret Marshall (1925-1927), A. McConnell (1927-1928), F. M. Westwood (1928-1929), Ella Humphrey, W. Baty (1929-1930), E. M. Henders, L. A. Hamilton (1930-1933), Jean Henderson, Charles Morden (1933-1934), Thomas McKay (1934-1938), Mrs. E. Gemmill (1941-1945), Mrs. Graffin (1945-1948), Philip Herchak (1948-1949), Mrs. Abrey (1949-1950), L. E. Schmidt, Dona Johnson (1950-1953), Beatrice Fulton, Agnes Single, James Norris (1953-1954), Joan Finnbogason (1954-1955), Mrs. Hilf Thompson (1955-1957), Leila Duffin (1957-1959), Helen Skrabek (1959-1960), Mrs. Oliver (1960-1961), and Mrs. Meikle (1961-1962).
A monument in Glenella commemorates Falmouth School. The former school building and its associated teacherage remained at the site for many years and were used by a local farmer for equipment storage and as a vehicle garage. In deteriorating condition, the school was finally burned down around 2010, the teacherage having been removed years earlier.
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.
Tracks of Time: Glenella and Districts by Glenella History Committee, 1990, pages 136-137. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.G65 Tra]
We thank Logan Dumanske, who lives near the former site of Falmouth School, and Darryl Toews and Alvin Suderman for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 August 2023