Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kelwood School No. 1317 (Kelwood, RM of Rosedale)

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The Kelwood School District was organized formally in December 1904 and, in March 1905, classes commenced in a room over the general store in Kelwood, in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale. By the fall of 1905, a school building had been erected at a cost of $1,300. In 1910, the school was consolidated with Smith’s Glen School No. 677 to form the Kelwood Consolidated School No. 1317.

During the summer of 1912, a four-classroom, two-storey brick building was constructed on a five-acre site, and the former school building was sold for use as a private residence. The new school featured a full basement with concrete floor and was heated by hot air. It was opened by a ceremony held on 6 December 1912. This building was destroyed by fire in 1925. Classes were held in nearby Anglican and United churches until a replacement could be constructed two years later. It was a single-storey, four-classroom structure with a large basement containing lavatories and a chemistry laboratory.

In 1979, the elementary and high schools were combined. The high school was closed in 1989 and the students were transported to Glenella School or McCreary School. Kelwood School had only Kindergarten to grade 8.





Harold Ludlow Albright (1888-1955)


Andrew Dick Russell (1886-1951)


Robert William Dunlop (1876-?)


James Charles Wherrett (1893-1980)


John Osborn Wilson (1900-1972)


John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)


Thomas Walter Halligan (1875-1934)


Edgar John Jarvis (1894-1972)


James Edwin Scarrow (1902-1982)


Henry Benjamin Bees (c1886-1968)


William Wallace Cutforth (1910-1996)


John Sigfus Helgason (?-1978)


Johann Edvald Sigurjonsson (1900-1972)


M. N. Andrusiak


Edward Turner Revel


F. Wainwright


Robert J. Graham


N. P. Hallson


R. M. Chambers


B. Veselovsky


Vern Braun




Garry Henry Doyle (1934-2014)


Malcolm Timlick


Leonard Komenda

Principals (Elementary School / Combined School)




Mr. A. Feser




Kenneth McCurdy


Among the early teachers of Kelwood School were Miss Payne (1912), A. D. Russell (1912), Miss Robinson (1912), Miss McCrae (1912), Miss Davidson (1918), Mrs. Frank Smith (1921), Miss McGuire (1925), Mrs. M. Scott (1925), Mrs. F. M. Smith (1925), R. Walton (1925), Frances Mary Jones, E. J. Jarvis (1939), F. G. Stevens (1939), Miss Heyes (1939), Miss Wallwin (1939), Bertha Elliott (1944-1949), Miss Joyce McDonald (1946), Miss Daisy McIntyre (1953-1962), Miss Eleanor Terrick (1965), Miss MacDonald (1965), Miss M. Grimstead (1965), Ed Jarvis, Peter Drosdowech (1950s), Bill Welsh, Harvey L. Walker, and Keith A. Cosens.

School Year



Margaret Andrews, Lois Graham, Ruth Neill, Daisy Newton, Lisa Reynolds, Martin Rollins




Lois Graham, Patricia Guick, Ruth Neill, Daisy Newton, Donna Newton, Lisa Reynolds, Martin Rollins, Karen Watson, Ronald Watson, Lorne Whitelock




Verna Bulas, John Egolf, Lois Graham, Ruth Neill, Daisy Newton, Donna Newton, Murray Scott, Malcolm Timlick, Karen Watson, Ronald Watson




John Egolf, Lauria Jones, John Malanik, Ruth Neill, Daisy Newton, Murray Scott, Dianne Tanasichuk, Malcolm Timlick, Karen Watson, Ronald Watson

Teachers (Kelwood Collegiate)

School Year



Mrs. Eileen Lupier, George Botchett, James Deacove




John Cochrane, Marion McCutcheon, Karen Watson, Ronald Watson, Lorne Whitelock

Photos & Coordinates

The Kelwood Consolidated School building, constructed in 1912 and destroyed by fire in 1925

The Kelwood Consolidated School building, constructed in 1912 and destroyed by fire in 1925 (circa 1912)
Source: Consolidation of Rural Schools in Manitoba, Special Report of the Department of Education for the Year 1912, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Postcard view of the Kelwood School building

Postcard view of the Kelwood School building (circa 1918)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0020

The second Kelwood School, built in 1927 after a fire destroyed its predecessor

The second Kelwood School, built in 1927 after a fire destroyed its predecessor (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 97.

Kelwood School teacherage, constructed in 1916

Kelwood School teacherage, constructed in 1916 (1916)
Source: Education Department Report, 1917, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Former Kelwood School building

Former Kelwood School building (June 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.62452, W99.46702
denoted by symbol on the map above


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Kelwood Bridges the Years 1890-1967 by Kelwood Centennial Committee, 1967.

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.

“Add one position in Turtle R.,” Dauphin Herald, 6 September 1978, page 2.

“Teachers begin year in Turtle River S.D.,” Dauphin Herald, 10 September 1980, page 24.

“Teachers ready in Turtle River,” Dauphin Herald, 1 September 1982, page 18.

“Teachers in Turtle River schools,” Dauphin Herald, 9 October 1984, page 30.

We thank Malcolm Timlick, Nathan Kramer, and Mariann Freeman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 June 2021

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