Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bluevale School No. 1141 (Municipality of Boissevain-Morton)

The Bluevale School District was established formally in July 1901 and it operated a schoolhouse at SE8-3-20W in what is now the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton. The building was moved to the southwest quarter in 1948. It was replaced by a new structure opened officially on 4 November 1960. The school closed in 1967 and the building stood empty until being sold and moved to the Lake Max area to be renovated into a private residence. A metal sign commemorates the school at its earlier site.

Among the teachers of Bluevale School were Miss Shaw, Miss Nevin, Roy Johnson, Miss Marg Patterson, Mabel Weidenhamer Stowe (c1911), Miss Kay Goodchild, Miss Emily Goodchild, Miss Mabel Sopp, Miss Helen Shields, Miss Norma Murray, Miss Jean Balderston, Miss Joyce Mason, Miss Eva Patterson, Miss Ruby Ferguson, Miss Edith Nichol, Miss Helen Buchanan, Miss Elsie Wiens (1947-1950), Mrs. Peter Derksen (1952-1954), Marianne Kliever (1954-1956), Miss Claire May (1956-1958), Mrs. Lawrence (1958-1959), Miss Alice Beare (1960), Miss Grace Toews, Harvey Sawatzky, Miss Frieda Hildebrand (1964-1966), Harvey Sawatzky (1967).

Bluevale School

Bluevale School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 65.

The former Bluevale School building

The former Bluevale School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 760.

Bluevale School commemorative sign

Bluevale School commemorative sign (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.19665, W100.14917
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.

Beckoning Hills Revisited: Ours is a Goodly Heritage, Morton-Boissevain, 1881-1981 by Boissevain History Committee, c1981, page 184.

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 Pat Stowe for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 April 2020

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