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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grand Pre School No. 714 (Municipality of Grassland)

The Grand Pre School District was organized formally in June 1892 and, the following year, a one-room schoolhouse was built at E27-5-25W in what is now the Municipality of Grassland. It closed permanently in 1919 and the former school building was moved to a farm site at S26-5-25W. A second storey was added to the building there but it was removed in the 1940s. It was moved to Hartney in 1965 where it was used as a private residence.

The teachers of Grand Pre School were Miss Jessie Rawson (1893), Alberta Logan (1897), Miss Hammond (1903), Mr. Blakely (1904), Miss Parker (1905), Teressa Logan (1906), J. W. Sterling Duncan (1907), Lizzie Muirhead (1908-1909), Miss Middleton (1910), G. H. Johnston (1911), Muriel Nixon (1912), Dolly Metcalfe (1913), Myrtle Leonard (1914), Maizie Seebach (1914-1915), Blanch M. Graham (1916-1918), Ida B. LaLeir (1918), Edna G. Keeler (1918), and Lola M. Graham (1918-1919).

Grand Pre School

Grand Pre School (1916)
Source: The Rise and Fall of a Prairie Town, A History of Lauder by Gordon G. Phillips.

The former Grand Pre School building in Hartney

The former Grand Pre School building in Hartney (1971)
Source: The Rise and Fall of a Prairie Town, A History of Lauder by Gordon G. Phillips.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.42164, W100.76026
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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2021

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