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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Butterfield School No. 1328 (Municipality of Two Borders)

The Butterfield School District was established formally in May 1904 and, by October 1905, it opened a school on the southwest corner of 15-2-29W in what is now the Municipality of Two Borders. The school closed in 1943 and, henceforth, students from this area went to Pierson School. As of 2021, the building still stands on the privately-owned site and is used for storage. A plaque fastened to one of its walls commemorates the school.

Among the teachers who worked at Butterfield School were Evelyn Edwards (1905), M. Boake, R. Mayes, W. Mayes, E. Halliday, G. Harvey, M. McFetridge, B. Donton, A. Haight, V. Haight, B. Melvin, E. Basted, V. Dandy, L. Boyd, M. Seeback, E. Reynolds, E. Elgar, A. Gee, M. Hawkins, H. Miller, H. Gooden, C. Doughty, A. McMunn, M. McPherson, K. Dempsey, E. Browton, M. Findley, O. Tibbatts, R. J. Parker, R. J. Heron, Mrs. M. Harlton, N. McConnell, D. Kielhorn, M. Pringle, and M. Jasper.

Butterfield School

Butterfield School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 98.

The former Butterfield School building

The former Butterfield School building (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Butterfield School building

The former Butterfield School building (August 2021)
Source: Audrey & Duncan Waddell

Butterfield School commemorative plaque

Butterfield School commemorative plaque (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.11851, W101.29475
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Harvests of Time: History of the R.M. of Edward by Edward History Book Committee, 1983, pages 142-144.

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 Duncan Waddell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2022

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