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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Balmerino School No. 615 (RM of Ellice-Archie)

The Balmerino School District was organized formally in March 1890 and a one-room school building operated at this location in what is now the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie. It closed in 1952 and the remaining students went to Binscarth Consolidated School No. 2326. The building is no longer at the site but a small concrete model commemorates it.

The teachers of Balmerino School included Elizabeth Ebbert (1906), Kate E. Drysdale (1907), Margaret G. Valens (1907), Ethel M. Clare (1908), Lillian Orr (1908-1911), Ethel C. Cass (1911-1914), Violet Clements (1914-1915), Margaret H. Bailey (1915-1916), Clair McDiarmid (1916-1920), Catherine Johnson (1920, substitute), Lelia P. Matheson (1920), Eva F. Marlin (1921-1924), J. McNeil (1924, substitute), Olive Margaret Mayhew (1924-1926), Gladys E. Mason (1926-1927), John Maxwell “Jack” McGilvray (1927-1930), Lovine McFarlane (1930-1933), Laura Louise Johnson (1933-1938), Evelyn Minnie Dunfield (1938-1940), Wilhelmina “E.” Ross (1940-1941), Eva Pearl Tilbratts (1941-1945), Ninaleu Duke (1945-1946), Jean Elizabeth Burdett (1947-1948), Ida Margaret Rowan (1948-1949), and Darlene Ann Darker (1949-1950).

Balmerino School

Balmerino School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 97.

Balmerino School commemorative monument

Balmerino School commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.57298, W101.27000
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR2061), Balmerino School District No. 615 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 January 2021

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