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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dumfries School No. 192 (Municipality of North Cypress-Langford)

The Dumfries School District was formed in 1884, with a building erected in the northwest corner of SW7-14-14W in what is now the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford. In 1903, a new school was built on SE14-14-15 on an acre of land purchased from James Hall for $1. The school closed in June 1966 and consolidated with Neepawa School No. 126. In December of that year, the Dumfries Women’s Institute bought the building for use as a community centre then, in 1977, sold it to the Neepawa Trail Blazers Skidoo Club. It was sold a couple more times to private interests and eventually became a workshop. Its roof was removed and an implement shed was built over it. A monument was erected at the former school site in 1970.

Among the teachers who worked at Dumfries School through the years were Nellie B. Hunter (Spring-Fall 1900), John L. Gerow (Spring-Fall 1901), and Hazel Maria Kellington.

Dumfries School

Dumfries School (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 67.

Dumfries School commemorative monument

Dumfries School commemorative monument (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.18198, W99.40848
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

The Beautiful Plains Story: 1983-2008 by Neepawa and Area History Committee, 2008, page 155.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Gordon Goldsborough, and Allan Drysdale.

Page revised: 31 August 2022

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