Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carruthers School No. 2188 (RM of Hanover)

The Carruthers School District was established in October 1928 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW33-5-6E in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. The original structure was replaced by a wood frame building. In 1968, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Hanover School Division. The school closed in June 1968 and the former school building was sold for $1 and moved to a park south of Grunthal for use as a museum. A commemorative sign was erected in 2005-2006 by the Bohdan “Bob” Osadchuk (1939-2006) and the District School Heritage Association.

Among the teachers who worked at Carruthers School were Alvina Dueck (?-?), Mrs. S. B. Regier (?-?), Mildred Anne Siemens (Fall 1955 - Spring 1956), John Frank Boitson (Fall 1956 - Fall 1959, January-February 1960, & June 1960), Clara Harms (March - June 1960), Miss Block (?-?), Harold Jacob Dyck (Fall 1961 - Spring 1962), Erdman Friesen (Fall 1963 - Spring 1964), Laurence Leslie McGill (Fall 1964), Lena St. Vincent (Spring 1965), and Walter Bugera (Fall 1965 - Spring 1968).

The original Carruthers School building

The original Carruthers School building (no date) by James Tod
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 109.

The second Carruthers School building

The second Carruthers School building (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 109.

Carruthers School commemorative sign

Carruthers School commemorative sign (April 2011)
Source: Ernest Braun

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.43264, W96.73570
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Green Valley Centennial Park (RM of Hanover)


Manitoba School Records Collection, Carruthers School District No. 2188 - Daily Registers, GR2656, 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.

Schools - Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division (1878-1968) by John K. Schellenberg, The Board of The Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985, ISBN 0-919673-93-7.

Obituary [John Frank Boitson], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1968, page 33.

Obituary [Bohdan “Bob” Osadchuk], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 2006.

We thank Ernest Braun (EastMenn Historical Society) and Nathan Kramer for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2023

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