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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rose School / Melgund School No. 322 / Melgund Presbyterian Church (Municipality of Grassland)

A monument in the Municipality of Grassland, erected in 1982, commemorates the former community of Melgund, named for Lord Melgund, Chief of Staff for Major General Middleton during the 1885 North West Rebellion. A Presbyterian church (later Melgund United Church) operated here from 1885 to 1967. The Melgund School District No. 322, known originally as Rose School District, operated here from 1884 to 1963. After the school closed, the students from this area went to Hartney Consolidated School No. 2389 or Lauder Consolidiated School No. 779.

The teachers of Rose/Melgund School were Mr. D. S. Cram (1885-1886), Nettie Callander (1886), J. Fred Wright (1887), Miss Elizabeth Weightman (1888-1890), Mr. G. H. Ross (1891), Mr. McKenzie (1891), Harvey Heasman (1892), Mr. W. T. Lockhart (1893), Mr. Boyes (1893-1895), George Lamb (1895-1896), James Tod (1897-1900), Mr. J. D. Nichol (1900-1901, 1905-1906), Miss Minnie Burke (1902-1904), Miss M. Francis Logan (1905), Miss Tena Brandon (1907), Miss Ethel G. Sparling (1908), Miss Horn (1909-1910), Mr. R. B. Kilbourne (1910-1911), Miss E. Winteringham (1912), Miss M. J. Scott (1913), Miss Laura Taylor (1914-1915), Miss F. W. Dolmage (1916-1917), Miss E. E. Pollock (1917-1919), Miss E. Grace Davison (1919), Miss Marie Rankin (1919-1920), Miss Leta Fry (1920-1921), Miss Gertrude J. Fisher (1921-1923), Miss Frances Popple (1923-1925), Miss K. Irene Shillington (1925-1929, 1935-1936), Miss Ellen McCuaig (1929-1930), Miss K. V. Shaw (1930-1931), Miss Verna M. Lundy (1931-1933), Miss Stella A. Douglas (1934-1935), Miss M. M. Brown (1937-1938), Miss A. M. Robbins (1938-1939), Miss M. Forbes (1939-1940), Miss Ruby J. Fletcher (1940-1942), Miss Winnie E. Calverley (1942-1943), Miss D. Ryckman (1943-1944), Miss Anita V. Atkinson (1944-1945), Miss Doreen G. Houck (1945-1946), Gordon East (1946-1947), Mr. M. J. Taylor (1947-1948), Miss Isobel Drummond (1949-1950), Miss Edythe Houck (1950-1952), Miss Irma E. Shorey (1953-1954), Miss Marion Lois Poag (1954-1955, 1958-1960), Miss Florence Fay Armstrong (1955-1957), Miss Mary Joyce Honeyman (1957-1958), and Miss Shirley Buan (1960-1962).

Teacher James Tod and students at Rose School

Teacher James Tod and students at Rose School (circa 1898)
Source: The Rise and Fall of a Prairie Town, A History of Lauder by Gordon G. Phillips.

Melgund School

Melgund School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 28.

The former Melgund School building, constructed in 1903

The former Melgund School building, constructed in 1903 (1976)
Source: The Rise and Fall of a Prairie Town, A History of Lauder by Gordon G. Phillips.

Melgund pioneers monument

Melgund pioneers monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.42894, W100.57927
denoted by symbol on the map above


Geographic Names of Manitoba, Manitoba Conservation, 2000.

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.

A Century of Living: Hartney, 1882-1982 by Hartney and District Historical Committee, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.H37 Cen]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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