Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lauder School No. 779 (Lauder, Municipality of Grassland)
The Lauder School District was established formally in May 1893 and a one-room, wood frame schoolhouse operated at Lauder in what is now the Municipality of Grassland. In 1912, the original building was replaced by a brick structure and the wooden school was used as a community hall. In April 1920, it was consolidated with Grand Pre School No. 714 to form Lauder Consolidated No. 779. At the time of a 2011 site visit, the first wood school and the second brick school were both standing at the site, but the older building was demolished in early 2015.
Among the other teachers of Lauder School were Miss Belle Hunter (1893-1894), Clarence C. Stewart (1895), Mr. Belton (1896), Mr. W. J. Anderson (1897), Miss Agnes Brown (1899-1901), Mr. Nicol (1902), Miss Graham (1904), Mr. T. N. Blakely (1905-1906), Miss M. Affleck (1907), Miss B. Maude Bradshaw (1907-1908), Annie Edith Morrow (1908-1912), C. M. Wilson (1912-1913), Olive V. Falconer (1914), Miss G. E. Bride (1914-1915), Miss Olive McRobert (1915-1918), Maisie L. Seebach (1917-1918), Evelyn A. Fisher, Janet Louisa May More (1920-1923), Jean E. Morrison (1921-1922), Alice M. Jordan (1922-1925), M. M. Stewart (1925), Jessie M. Morrison (1926), Florence Fahey (1927-1928), Teressa M. Johnson (1926-1945), Kathleen Chapman (1928-1935), M. McRorie (1934-1935), Stella Annie Douglas (1935-1937), Christina Fraser (1945), Frances Annie Chandler (1946), Clara Alma Beswitherick (1946-1947), Harry Ladobruk (1947-1949), Freda Couling (1949-1950), Sonia Popowich (1950-1952), Irene C. F. Patterson (1952), Laurence Robert Ratcliffe (1953), Martha Myrtle Dennison (1953-1971), and Janice Roberta More (1971-1972).
Photos & Coordinates
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
The Rise and Fall of a Prairie Town, A History of Lauder by Gordon G. Phillips, 1970s.
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.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Arnold Smith for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 3 October 2023