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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Franklin Union School No. 780 (Franklin, RM of Rosedale)

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A monument commemorates Franklin School at Franklin, in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale. There were three school buildings at a site across the road, the first built around the time that the school district was established, in September 1893. The second building served from 1909 to 1953, and the third and final building occupied the site from 1953 to June 1968, when the school closed and the district was dissolved. The remaining students were bused to Neepawa or Minnedosa.

The former school building is no longer present at the site. Its enamel sign and some photographs are displayed in the Franklin Memorial Hall.





George Henry Blackwell (1864-1941)




Pearl Nama Broadworth (1885-?)


Ethel V. Foxwell


J. M. McCormick


Edward Stockley


L. D. McLeod


James McNeil (1866-1954)


Kenneth Donald Bruce (1892-1968)


R. J. MacKenzie


Muriel Douglas


Frank Edward White (1915-1994)


Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)


Gloria E. Ward


Jean Ritchey


Dorothy Allen


C. M. Davidson


William G. Fleeting


D. V. Dobbin


John Osborn Wilson


Rudolf Ewald “Rudy” Mehmel (1918-2013)


Raymond B. Keynes


Gudmundur Bjorgvin Arilius “Arli” Isfeld (1913-1994)


Ruth Annie Fairlie Henderson (1904-1992)


John Henry Doughty (c1900-1958)


Joseph “Joe” [Szezygol] Shygol (c1928-1974)


Donald Garton


Among the other teachers of Franklin School were Maggie McLaren (1894), Emma McKinney (1897), Winnifred Mills (1906), J. E. Nunn (1907), Winnifred Fraser (1909), L. Maude Webster (1911), Pearl Shuttleworth (1912), E. Kilpatrick (1914), J. N. Leckie (1915), J. M. Sinclair (1916), M. A. Forsythe (1917), F. C. Matheson (1917-1919), V. H. Hugo (1918), T. C. Matheson (1918), Olive J. Taylor (1920-1922), Nettie King (1920), V. Simpson (1923), E. R. Foreman (1921-1922), W. Grant (1922), Ellen Fraser (1923-1924), K. Arthur (1925-1926), D. C. Clark (1925), G. D. Cusack (1926-1927), R. I. McJannet (1927-1930), Mary Ellen Scott (1930-1931), Margaret Coutts (1931-1936), Audrey Heney (1936-1938), M. Audrey Dewart (1938-1940), Mrs. Nellie Greenaway (1940-1945), Doris I. Gray (1945-1947), Clara L. Knipe (1947), Irma Shorey (1948-1950), Violet J. Burke (1950), Mrs. Jean M. Witter (1951-1952), Iva May Eros (1952), Mrs. Raymond Keynes (1953), Alice A. Kolesar (1953), Bernice McConnell (1953-1955), G. Norsworthy (1954), Mrs. A. G. Clarke (1955-1956), Jennie Len (1955), Muriel Garton (1956-1960), Don Garton (1956-1959), Mrs. D. M. McConnell (1960-1963), and Mrs. Mary V. McLaughlin (1963-1968).

Photos & Coordinates

The second Franklin School used from 1909 to 1953

The second Franklin School used from 1909 to 1953 (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 125.

The third Franklin School building used from 1953 to 1968

The third Franklin School building used from 1953 to 1968 (no date)
Source: S. J. McKee Archives, Minnedosa Womens Institute, Village History 1878-1956.

Franklin School commemorative monument

Franklin School commemorative monument (2010)
Source: Allan Drysdale

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.24038, W99.66628
denoted by symbol on the map above


“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Marriage and death registrations [Iva May Eros], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Rosedale Remembered, 1984, pages 174-175.

The Beautiful Plains Story: 1983-2008 by Neepawa and Area History Committee, 2008, page 162.

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 and Glen Gibbons for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Allan Drysdale.

Page revised: 24 September 2019

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