Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roseberry School / Neelin School No. 429 (Neelin, RM of Argyle)
Known as Roseberry School District when it was established formally in September 1885, a brick one-room school building was erected in 1904, in the newly established village of Neelin in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. Its first teacher was Caroline Cumming. Increases in student enrollment, and the opening of high school classes, necessitated the use of a former bank building as additional classroom space for grades 9 to 11 under teacher Florence Warriner of Miami. In August 1941, the district was renamed Neelin School. The brick school was destroyed by fire in 1950 and, while two-classroom (one for high school) replacement was built, classes were held in the Neelin United Church. In 1960, the high school students were transported to Cartwright or Killarney and the school reverted to a single classroom. The school closed in January 1968 and the building was later demolished. A monument at the former site was unveiled in July 1982.
Noteworthy students of Roseberry / Neelin School included Dr. Easton of Selkirk, Eleanor Fisher, Barney Bolton, Bill Bolton, Gordon Henwood, Lloyd Henwood, Hugh McKay, and Grant McKay.
Among the other teachers who worked at Roseberry School / Neelin School through the years were John Wesley Peters (1890s), Miss Florence Warner (1924-1925), Albert Buttress (1892, 1895, 1913), Annie F. Playfair, and Ethel M. Arnott.
Photos & Coordinates
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
I Remember: Lights Along the Valley and Huntly by Caroline Cumming, 1970.
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 Ann McWhinnie for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 January 2021