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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tamarisk School No. 847 (Municipality of Grandview)

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The Tamarisk School District was established formally in December 1894. A school building operated on the southwest quarter of 29-24-23 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Grandview. The present school building, dating from 1909 based on a Hooper #2 design, closed in 1967 when it joined the Intermountain School Division. The building is still present at the site, maintained by a local group. In 1995, it became a municipally-designated historic site.





Leon LeRoy Nichols (1886-1983)


Perry Bell


Thomas Wilbert “Wib” Emerson (1888-1969)




Rene Allen Ollivier (?-1982)


P. G. Kehler


M. Kotyluk


A. Korzeniowski


M. E. Harrison


J. Tysarski


Among the early teachers who worked at Tamarisk School were Montague Shore (1895), Albert Ormiston (1896), Richard W. Craig (1897), Albert J. Hatcher (1898), Gertrude Wood (1899-1900), Hugh A. Laughlin (1901), Margaret M. Fortune (1901), Patricia Samson (1902), J. N. Murphy (1903), E. A. More (1904), Margaret Evans (1905-1906), James I. Morkin (1906-1908), Jacob Arbuckle (1909), Bertha Morrison (1909), George L. Dibblee (1909-1910), E. F. Westerman (1910), Christina Cormack (1911-1912), D. McQuarrie (1912), H. Jonson (1913-1914), P. F. Kearns (1914-1915), A. E. Harris (1914-1915), Murial Brigham (1914-1916), J. M. Sutherland (1916-1917), Mrs. B. Ridyard (1916-1917), V. M. Stairs (1917-1918), Roberta A. Anderson (1917-1921), and Phoebe Anderson (1918-1921).




Ruby Maria Mitchell (grades 1-5), Leon LeRoy Nichols (grades 6-10)


Perry Bell (grades 6-10), Ruby Maria Mitchell (grades 1-5)


Perry Bell (grades 6-10), Ellen Effler (grades 1-5)


Thomas Wilbert Emerson (grades 5-10), Ruby Maria Mitchell (grades 1-4)

Among the other teachers who worked at Tamarisk School were Thomas Wilbert Emerson (1925-1926), Lenore Denby (1926-1927), Alex Cummings (1927-1942), Murial Cameron (1927-1928), Sophia Cutforth (1928-1930), Lillian Martin (1929-1930), Edith Dunseath (1930-1934), Vera Storey (1934-1938), Kathleen Clay (1938-1940), Elizabeth Nash (1940-1942), Lorna L. Wilson (1942-1943), Doreen Basset (1943-1944), and Doris Shield (1944-1945).

Photos & Coordinates

Tamarisk School

Tamarisk School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 10.

The former Tamarisk School building

The former Tamarisk School building (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Tamarisk School building

The former Tamarisk School building (November 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.09646, W100.67017
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Fiftieth Anniversary: 1895-1945, Tamarisk School District, Grandview, Manitoba. [Gordon Goldsborough, 2019-0061]

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

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 Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Tamarisk School, SW 29-24-23W, Grandview area, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Nathan Kramer and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2023

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