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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bear Creek School No. 762 (Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

The Bear Creek School District was organized in May 1893. A school building was constructed in the southeast quarter of 4-14-12 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone. The school closed in July 1967 and remaining students were bused to Gladstone Consolidated School No. 2457. A monument, erected on 6 August 1995, was dedicated to the parents, students, teachers, trustees and residents of the Bear Creek School District.

Among the teachers of Bear Creek School were Hattie A. McLean (1906), Jessie J. Murray (1906-1907), Eva E. McQueen (1907-1908), Ruth McConnell (1909), Jennie M. Sly (1910-1913), Elva N. Walker (1913-1914), Janice Marianne Lindsay Riddell (1948-1949), Velma Rose Kolesar (1949-1951), Jona Erickson (1951-1952), Catherine Morrison Boughton Sly (1953-1955, daughter of M. E. Boughton), Esther Grace Patterson (1955-1957), Anna Margaret Smirl (1958-1966), and Linda Joyce Switzer (1966-1967).

Bear Creek School

Bear Creek School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 121.

Bear Creek School commemorative monument

Bear Creek School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.15220, W99.04225
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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Bear Creek School District No. 762 Daily Registers, GR3152, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 February 2021

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