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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elam School No. 684 (RM of Stanley)

Elam School District was formally organized in December 1892 and a school building was constructed the next year in the southeast quarter of 32-2-6 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Stanley. The original wood frame schoolhouse was replaced in 1938, located at NW29-2-6W, and the former school was sold and moved to SE14-2-7W where it was used as a barn until at least the 1970s. The school closed in June 1964 and the district was dissolved in July 1965.

Among the teachers of Elam School, in approximate chronological order, were Frank R. Shortreed (1897), Miss Miller, Annie Douglas, Allan Patterson, D. C. Dorrance, V. P. Ruddell, Henry Everall, Harriet Manning Wilson, Olive Johnston Nichol, Miss B. L. Ruddell, Miss V. Graham, Miss Pearl Amy, Miss Steppler, Miss Kathleen Borthwick, Miss Nichol, Miss Fry, Cameron Langille, Miss Bessie Durnin, Miss Grace McNabb, Miss Jean Allison, Miss Mary Crawley, Miss J. Elliott, Miss M. Pinn, Miss E. McDonald, Miss I. Milne, Miss E. Reichert, Miss E. McIvor, Miss M. Bent, Miss M. Cowan, Miss Helen Bent, Miss H. Wiens, Melvin Borody, Miss R. Turner, Miss L. Olafson, Miss I. Buhr, Miss A. Chanin, Miss B. Buckland, Miss I. Unger, Miss H. Elias, Mr. H. Kuhl, Mrs. J. A. Reichert, and Miss C. Hamilton.

The old Elam School

The old Elam School (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 108.

The new Elam School

The new Elam School (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 108.

Elam School commemorative sign

Elam School commemorative sign (October 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.16284, W98.23990
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandria and Elam Districts Monument (RM of Stanley)


As Years Go By: 1876-1971 by the Thornhill Book Committee, 1971.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 June 2021

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