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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gilead School No. 565 (RM of Grassland)

The Gilead School District was established in November 1888. A one-room schoolhouse operated at NE36-5-21W in the Rural Municipality of Whitewater. The school closed in 1912, after which students from this area went to Elgin Consolidated School. A sign marks the former site of the school.

Among the teachers who worked at Gilead School through the years were Miss E. Croston (1890-1891), George Cumming (1892), William Swan (1892-1893), Mary Povah (1893), Thomas Brown (1893-1894), John P. Walker (1894-1898), Varilla B. Barber (1898-1899), Maud Hill (1899-1900), Margaret MacDonald (1900), Kathleen Byrnes (1901-1902), Harry Main (1903), Marie Byrnes (1903-1907), Eva Porter (1909), Dora McAllister, Nellie Smith, Miss Weir, and A. D. Longman (1912).

Gilead School commemorative sign

Gilead School commemorative sign (November 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.43645, W100.17254
denoted by symbol on the map above


Pioneers to Present Years: History of Fairfax Consolidated School District by Fairfax Community Club, 1968. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.F33 Pio]

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: 26 March 2021

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