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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tenby School No. 872 (Tenby, Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne)

The Tenby School District was formed on 7 April 1896, named for a town in Wales. The first school was located at SE13-18-13W in the village of Tenby in what is now the Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne. The present nearly-square structure, built in 1904 of concrete blocks that were popular in buildings erected between 1890 and 1905, is located at NE36-17-13W. The school closed in 1967 and the district was dissolved in 1968. The building is a municipally designated historic site as of 1995.

The teachers of Tenby School were George W. Rogers (1896, 1900), Richard L. Fell (1897-1899, 1909-1910), Bertha Smith (1900), Charlotte Lierney (1901), William A. Gerardin (1905), Edna G. B. Herald (1905), Sophia M. Walks (1906), H. W. Jamieson (1906), R. K. Finlayson (1909-1910), Kate B. Henderson (1911), Daniel Windsor (1912-1916), Joseph Jost (1917-1918), Margaret Hammel (1919), Isa Hearn (1919), Miss E. Golden (1920), Claire McDiarmid (1921), Charlotte Armenah Powell (1922), Jean Wallace (1923-1924), Elsie Isabel McKenzie (1925), Sarah Anne Young (1926-1928), Rosa Mary Kingshott (1929-1931), Margaret Helen Fairhall (1931), Margaret Chapman (1931-1936), Miss Irene Pelk (1936-1939), M. Floyd (1939-1941), Norma Bell (1939-1941), N. L. Sampson (1939-1941), Lily Schafer (1941-1942), Mrs. E. P. Brandson (1942-1944), Doris W. Griffith (1944-1946), Ruth Belton (1946-1947), Helen Hanke (1947), Miss Joyce King (1948), Miss Natalie Bailey (1948), Mrs. Mary C. Milne (1948-1951), Miss Violet Chmelowski (1951-1952), Irene Kittner (1952-1953), Shirley Buschau (1953-1955), Stella Ktyk (1955-1956), Bernice Kittner (1956-1960), Miss Beatrice Paterson (1960-1961), Ronald Dilk (1961-1964), Mrs. M. Andrew (1964-1965), Klaus Thies (1965-1966), Margaret Gork (1966-1967), and Mrs. Ann Hoehn (1967-1968).

Tenby School

Tenby School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 15.

The former Tenby School building

The former Tenby School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 565.

The former Tenby School building

The former Tenby School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.50194, W99.13404
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Resources: Manitoba Bricks and Blocks

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Tenby School (Main Street, Tenby), Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

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.

Tracks of Time: Glenella and Districts by Glenella History Committee, 1990, page 105. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.G65 Tra]

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

We thank Klaus Thies for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Allan Drysdale and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 August 2023

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