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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fortier School No. 741 (Fortier, RM of Portage la Prairie)

Known at the time of its establishment in February 1893 as Willow Range School, and situated in the southeast quarter of 23-11-4 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, the school was later renamed Fortier School after the surrounding community. The building was torn off its foundation by a tornado in 1938 so it was torn down and a larger school replaced it. The school closed in 1966 and was consolidated into Oakville School. The building was later used as a grain-cleaning plant.

Some of the teachers who worked at Fortier School included C. M. Ferguson, Mr. Balford, Frances Carr, Louisa Lough, Howard L. Irvine, Alice A. Jones, Mary Louise Kletzky, Jessie C. Ewing, Ealnor Crake, Mary V. Woods, Annie M. Townsley, Lavina Morgan, Florence O. Lewis, Florence M. Beam, Margaret Maxwell, Sara Cameron, Eleanor Newton, Lila Trimble, and Ruth Whyte (1934-1939).

Original Fortier School building

Original Fortier School building (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 118.

Second Fortier School building

Second Fortier School building (1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey - Fortier 3.

Sketch of the second Fortier School building

Sketch of the second Fortier School building by Charlotte Jones
Source: University Women’s Club of Portage la Prairie.

Fortier School commemorative sign

Fortier School commemorative sign (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.93406, W97.91636
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.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2021

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