Historic Sites of Manitoba: Centre School No. 540 (RM of Rockwood)

The Centre School District was established in June 1888, named for the fact it was situated mid-way between Stonewall and Balmoral. Local resident John Good donated land for a one-room schoolhouse at NW18-14-2E in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. The school closed in June 1956 and the district was dissolved in 1965. Its area was divided between Brant Consolidated School District, Stonewall School District, and Balmoral Consolidated School District. The former school building and land were sold for use as a private residence.

Among the teachers who worked at Centre School through the years were Jessie Brown (1888-1889), E. Roberts (1890-1891), B. Oatway (1892), Alexander Gilbert McArthur (1892, 1893, 1895, 1896-1897), Miss Rukie (1892-1893), Miss Broatch (1893), F. Stanley (1893-1895), P. Iverach (1896), P. H. Miller (1897-1898, 1898-1900), George Wesley Bartlett (1898), R. McLelland (1900), John Sawford Peach (1901-1902), W. Chanin (1903), T. Rutherford (1904), Wilfred Tait Fidler (1904-1906), A. Scott (1907), W. Currie (1908), Harvey Ross McEwen (1909), Thomas Clement Jerrom (1910), S. A. Umphery (1911-1912), M. Pearson (1913), G. Jones (1914), Roberta Anderson (1915-1917), Ida Oughton (1917-1918), C. Rice (1919), L. Sibbald (1920-1922), Violet Labey (1922-1930), M. McRae (1930-1935), A. Calderwood (1935-1942), L. Lund (1942-1943), E. Morland (1943-1945), M. E. Jahns (1945-1946), R. C. Mulligan (1946-1947), Constance Guthrie (1947-1949), Donalda Stanbra (1949-1952), Mrs. Vidal (1952-1953), G. Byle (1953-1955), and Miss M. Toews (1955-1956).

Centre School No. 540

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.19620, W97.32062
denoted by symbol on the map above


Stonewall West topographic map, 62H/11 East, Edition 1, 1952, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2023

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