Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grand Bend School No. 595 (Municipality of Grassland)

The Grand Bend School District was established formally in June 1889, named for a community in Ontario. A one-room frame school building was erected later that year, at a cost of $600, on the northwest corner of 28-5-24 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Municipality of Grassland. Enrollment never exceeded 17 students at a time. The school closed in 1946 when it was consolidated with Lauder School No. 779. The building was sold and moved to a farmyard one mile north, where it was used as a garage. A monument unveiled in 1989 commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Grand Bend School were Miss Lillian Beynon, Harvey Clare, Miss Burland, George Oliver, Dave Dorrance, Miss Edmondson, Miss C. Campbell, Miss I. Fox, Frank C. Jacobs (1936-1939), Miss Alice Jordan, Miss Mary Jordan, Miss Jean Bent, Miss Isobel Drummond, and Phyllis Atkinson (1946).

Grand Bend School

Grand Bend School (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 93.

The former Grand Bend School building

The former Grand Bend School building (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Grand Bend School commemorative monument

Grand Bend School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.42886, W100.66924
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 Century of Living: Hartney, 1882-1982 by Hartney and District Historical Committee, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.H37 Cen]

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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