Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elm River School No. 622 (RM of Portage la Prairie)

Elm River School was formally established in May 1890. A building was constructed in the northwest quarter of 35-10-5 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie. It burned down in 1913 and classes were held in Elm River Church until the school was rebuilt. The closed in April 1967 and was consolidated into Oakville School. The building was sold and converted into a private residence.

The teachers who worked at Elm River School included Miss McLaughlin, Eleanor Mills, M. Whitmore, Minnie Alford, Robert Alford, Edna Robertson, Margaret Wood Alford, Lorna Moore, Edith Starrat, Ethel Hedley, Miss Webster, Florence Fahitey, Merrill Brigden, Dorothy Coates, Mary Muir, Bernice Graham, Harriett Scarlett, Norma Bell, Marjorie Sinclair, Margaret Denton, Lillias Stewart, Edna Nicoll, Hazel Poyser, Rowena Sherritt, Christina Hunter, Edna Irvine, Helen Gossen, Gwen Tooth, Peggy Karlowski, Gwen McIntosh, Faye Patterson, Robert Wood, Shirley Inverarity, Rae Creed, Barbara Varga, Shirley Blight, Frieda Dyck, Ellen Hunter, Elfrieda Dueck, and Shirley Case.

Elm River School

Elm River School (no date) by A. B. Fallis
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 98.

Elm River School commemorative sign

Elm River School commemorative sign (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88659, W98.05076
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.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 February 2021

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