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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ellenville School No. 871 (Municipality of Hamiota)

A faded wooden sign commemorates the Ellenville School District, established here in 1894. A school building was situated at this spot in the Rural Municipality of Hamiota, named for Ellen Leif, wife of Robert McConnell whose father homesteaded here in 1883. It closed in 1920 and and became part of McConnell Consolidated School No. 1711. The school building was moved into McConnell where it was used for a time as an additional classroom. After the school was enlarged, the building was no longer required so it was moved to Decker and renovated into a private residence. It has since been demolished.

Teachers at Ellenville School included Mr. Todd, Miss Hawthorne, Miss Wilson, Mr. Gunning, Mr. Brown, Miss Robson, Miss Ross, Miss Bates, Mr. Blaine, Miss MacNutt, Miss Fraser, Miss Crewson, Mr. Edwards, Mr. Bailey, Miss Winstone, Miss Kilpatrick, Miss Thornton, Miss Fisher, Miss Simpson, Miss Sproat, Miss Wallace, and Miss English.

Ellenville School commemorative sign

Ellenville School commemorative sign (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.29922, W100.59932
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

McConnell: Little Town Lost by McConnell Women’s Institute and History Committee, 1979.

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 January 2021

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