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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cook School No. 1900 (RM of Armstrong)

The Cook School District was organized formally in March 1917 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE22-21-3W in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong. Low enrollment caused the school to closed in the late 1920s, after which students went to Lalonde School. It reopened around 1932. It became part of the Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842 in 1954. After the school closed, the building sat vacant for some time then was sold and moved to the site of Morning Star School to replace a building that had been destroyed by fire. Records for the school are held at the Chatfield Park of Souvenirs Museum.

Cook School

Cook School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 57.

Cook School

Cook School teacherage (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 57.

Morning Star School

The former Cook School building, later used as Morning Star School (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 247.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.83072, W97.78644
denoted by symbol on the map above


Poplarfield topographic map, 62I/13, Edition 1, 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.

Wilderness to Wildlife: Chatfield and District History by Chatfield Oldtimers Club, c1981. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.C45 Wil]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 December 2014

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