Historic Sites of Manitoba: Garnett School No. 210 (RM of Dufferin)

The Garnett School District was established formally in 1884 and an eclectic school building was erected in the southwest quarter of 34-6-3 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin. It operated until January 1966, when it joined Sperling Consolidated School. The former school building was later used as a seed-cleaning plant at SE33-6-3W. In 1989, a commemorative monument was erected at the site for the pioneers, students and teachers of Garnett School.

Among the teachers of Garnett School were John L. Veale (1901-1902), Mr. A. R. Mitchell (1903), M. P. Bell (1921-1922), E. T. Speirs (1925-1926), Mary Evelyn Pritchard (1927-1929), Anabelle “Belle” Simpson (1929-1930), Frances Murta (1932-1933), Cliffe Maybelle Woodworth (1933-1935), Eva Marguerite Cram (1935-1938, daughter of W. J. Cram), Inez R. Abbott (1942-1943), Elinor A. Morgan (1943), Marie Louise Dufault (1944-1945), Reita Eileen [Ilean] Eaton (1945-1947), Mary Rebecca Finnie (1947-1949), Audrey Bernie Fallis (1948-1953), Nettie Kohut (1953-1954), Wilma Kathleen Simms (1954-1955), Geraldine Phippen (1955-1957), Karen Casemore (1957-1958), Dulcie Jean Anderson (1958-1960), Anne Karen Funke (1960-1961), and Harry Arnold Schellenberg (1961-1962).

Garnett School

Garnett School (circa 1907)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School District 210

Students and teacher at Garnett School

Students and teacher at Garnett School (no date) by Chisholm R. Lundy
Source: George Stewart

The former Garnett School building

The former Garnett School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 348.

The former Garnett School building

The former Garnett School building (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Garnett School commemorative monument

Garnett School commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.51762, W97.79802
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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Garnett School District No. 210 - Daily Registers, GR2085, Archives of Manitoba.

“Bates breezes,” Dufferin Leader, 8 January 1903, page 1.

We thank George Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 January 2021

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