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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grassmere School No. 35 (RM of Rockwood)

Originally built in 1877 in the south half of 20-13-1 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, Grassmere School was rebuilt on this site, SE29-13-1E in 1890. The school was moved onto a basement here in 1935 and electric service was added in 1949. It closed in July 1958. Then the district was dissolved and its catchment area was divided between Brant School, Stonewall School, and Grosse Isle School. The building was sold and moved to Teulon where it was used as a funeral chapel until 1981. In July 1990, a monument was erected on the former school site.

The teachers who worked at Grassmere School included John E. McCleod (1877), Miss Luke (1907), Ernie Frayne (1913-1916), Miss Rock (1916-1917), Miss Jean Campbell (1917-1918), Miss Jean Mason (1918-1920), Miss Eva Smith (1920-1921), Mrs. Cook (1921-1922), Miss Mullette (1922), Miss Louise Inkster (1923-1924), Miss Marjorie Campbell (1924-1925), Miss Anna Steel (1925-1926), Miss Eleanor Flint (1926-1927), Miss Emily Inkster (1927-1938), Miss Norine Baldwin (1938-1939), Miss Mary Nugent (1939-1940), Miss Lillian Dott (1940-1941), Miss Mabel Foot (1941-1942), Mrs. Reita Smith (1942), Miss Margaret Price (1942-1943), Miss Mary Rutherford (1943), Mrs. Marion Murray (1944), Miss Doris Hammerberg (1945-1946), Miss  Phyllis Stefaniuk (1946-1949), Katiebelle MacDonald (1949-1950), Audrey Broadfoot (1950-1951), Audrey Broodfoot Cassels (1951-1952), Ruby E. MacDonald (1952-1953), Donald R. Olds (1953-1954), Meroslava Borbas (1954-1955), Joyce Atkinson (1955-1956), Miss Hildebrand (1956-1957), and Mrs. Irene McElroy (1957-1958).

Grassmere School

Grassmere School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 13.

Grassmere School commemorative monument

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

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.12301, W97.42275
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.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

Memories of Grassmere School Days, circa 1990. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5648.G735 Mem]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 February 2021

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