Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 140 years

 

Pay & Donate in the MHS Online Shop

Endangered Top 10
Endangered
Top 10
2019

Manitoba History No. 89
Manitoba
History

No. 89

Summer Field Trip 2019
MHS
Summer
Field Trip

Fall Field Trip 2019
MHS
Fall
Field Trip

War Memorials in Manitoba
War
Memorials
in Manitoba

This Old Elevator
This Old
Elevator

Abandoned Manitoba
Abandoned
Manitoba

Memorable Manitobans
Memorable
Manitobans

Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
of Manitoba

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cropper Tops School No. 1186 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The Cropper Tops School District was organized formally in May 1902. It operated a one-room wood frame school building on land donated by Arthur S. Sims, on the southwest quarter of 28-37-26 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman. In addition to being the educational centre of the community, the school was used for local meetings, church services, Sunday School, picnics, dances, and school concerts. With declining student enrollment, the school closed in June 1966. The building is no longer present at the site but a plaque unveiled on 1 July 1995 commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Cropper Tops School were Ambrose Lepper (1902), Esther Jorgine Nemetchek (1966), and Beatrice M. Sims (15 years).

Cropper Tops School

Cropper Tops School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 74.

Former Cropper Tops School building

Former Cropper Tops School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 682.

Commemorative plaque near the former site of Cropper Tops School

Commemorative plaque near the former site of Cropper Tops School (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N52.20190, W101.12206
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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1995-1996, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 15.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2018

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.


Search Tips | Suggest a Site | FAQ | Acknowledgements

Send inquiries to the MHS Webmaster.

Back to top of page

   


To report an error on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations Policy

© 1998-2019 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.