Historic Sites of Manitoba: Whitewater School No. 346 (Municipality of Grassland)

The Whitewater School District was established formally in November 1884, and a school building was erected at SE35-5-23 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of Grassland. It closed in July 1959 and the remaining students went to Hartney Consolidated School No. 2389. The school building is no longer on the site but it is commemorated by a monument erected in 1989.

The teachers of Whitewater School (1884-1959) were Fred Wright (1884), Frank McEwan, Myra Turnbull, Miss Gilroy, Gertrude McGee, William Hamilton, Mae Heritage, Blake Haladay, John Wesley Peters, George Robertson, Howard Irvine, Sherman Arnold, Edith Victoria Insley, Betty Shaw, Dora Brown, Miss Johnston, Sadie Forbes, Ida McCulloch, Miss D. McGillcray, Nelly Dayton, Pearl Foster, Verna Robertson, Hilda Tanner, Douglas Aikenhead, Leta Fry, Marjorie Follis, Elsie Lennon, Rosella Pollock, Vera Buchanan, Mabel McKinnon, Jessie Lowry, Marguerite Gerdis, Madeline Atkinson, Ruth Griffin, Frances Chandler, Doris Keelhorn, Elizabeth Gibson, Mary Graham, Gladys Linner, Joyce Harding, Donna Tosh, Irene Witt, Lillian Maloney, and Isobel Vandusen.

Whitewater School

Whitewater School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 34.

Whitewater School commemorative monument

Whitewater School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.42926, W100.47574
denoted by symbol on the map above


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]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2023

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