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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Edward E. Best School No. 2298 (RM of Rockwood)

The Edward E. Best School District was organized formally in February 1940, named for early school inspector Edward E. Best. A school was built on the northwest quarter of 27-13-2 east of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood, with rough lumber and labour provided by the community and additional material from the Department of Education. The district was dissolved in July 1965 and its catchment area became part of the Stonewall School District No. 108. The school building is no longer present at the site.

Among the teachers who worked Edward E. Best School were Miss Fletcher, Mrs. Maholovich, Mrs. Vidal, Connie Guthrie, Mrs. McEwan, Doug Moore, Mary Amanda Nugent (1940-1941), Hope Bowman (1950-1951), Jean William Elliot (1951-1953), Lawrence Suchar (1954-1955), Michael John McLot (1956-1957), Mary Michalchuk (1957-1958), Ernest Arnold Suski (1958-1959), Elizabeth Florence Morrison Mowatt (1964-1965), Adeline Arlene Helwer (1965-1966), and Helena Marguerite Snead (1966-1967).

Edward E. Best School

Edward E. Best School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 133.

Edward E. Best School

Edward E. Best School (circa 1940)
Source: Education Department Report, 1940, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Edward E. Best School

Edward E. Best School (circa 1940)
Source: Memoirs of a School Inspector, c1977.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.13146, W97.25095
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edward Ernest Best (1852-1935)

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.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Ernest E. Best School District No. 2298 Daily Registers, GR2044, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 September 2017

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