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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hamiota School No. 692 (Hamiota, Municipality of Hamiota)

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The Hamiota School District was formally established in April 1892 and a school building was erected that year on the southeast corner of the farm of James Stewart in the Rural Municipality of Hamiota. In 1899, it was replaced by a two-classroom brick structure with a basement in Hamiota. The original school building was moved into the village and used as a private residence, later occupied by Mayor E. P. Venables. In 1908, two more classrooms were added to its southeast side, on a design by Winnipeg architect S. Frank Peters. The school was one of the first in Manitoba to participate in the consolidation movement when, in June 1912, it joined to Kerr School No. 220 and Chumah School No. 401 to form Hamiota Consolidated School No. 692. A second addition to the school, on the north side, was made in 1914. By the 1950s, it had four classrooms on each of two storeys. It was demolished in 1957 and replaced by the present structure nearby.





Stephen Windsor


Washburn Van Dusen (1869-?)


Thomas Addison Neelin (1882-1970)


Sarah Ann Sproat (1885-1976)


Charles T. Cresswell (1872-1961)


William Edgar Rogers (1889-1979)


Johann Gestur Johannsson (1886-1978)


Harold Ludlow Albright (1888-1955)


George Henry Ruttan (1880-1960)


Sidney George Denham (1909-1989)


Joseph William Butcher (1906-1997)


John Chalaturnyk (1915-2001)


Frank Lorne McKinnon (1934-2015)


A. William Robertson

Principals (Hamiota Collegiate)




Allan Robertson

Vice-Principals (Hamiota Collegiate)




Dick Prawdzik
Carol Smith


School Year



W. E. Pye


Dr. J. H. Fraser




Miss Ada Venables, Miss F. M. Cochrane




Miss F. M. Cochrane, Elsie Graham, Miss Gladys Houck, J. McFarland, L. Ripley, S. A. Sproat


Lillian Arnold, G. Atkens, E. Rita Hawthorne, E. Pearl Latimer, Flossie R. Lind, Margaret McClumb, Mary A. McConnell, Vera P. McKenzie




Douglas Bridge, Miss J. B. Cummings, Mrs. Gladys Fraser, Miss N. Fraser, Miss M. E. Jones, Miss A. Lavery, Miss O. Smith




Mrs. G. Fraser (grades 3 and 4), Mrs. A. Giesbrecht (collegiate), Mrs. J. Johnston (collegiate), Miss V. Jones (grades 2 and 3), Miss J. Leifer (grade 1), Miss E. Morton (grades 5 and 6), Miss V. Motherall (grades 7 and 8)


Mrs. Louise Baillie, Miss Terry Fulton, Mrs. Agnes Pateman, Mrs. Doris Rampling, Mr. P. I. Robinson

Among the other teachers of Hamiota School were Miss F. M. Cochrane (1906-1920), Lillian Lawson, Miss S. A. Sproat (1909-1920), Miss G. Houck (1918-1919), Mrs. Gladys Fraser (1926-1955), Miss A. Lavery (1941-1948, 1953-1954), Bert Reid, Ada Venables, L. Norris, A. C. Courtney, J. E. Simmon, H. A. Garland, K. M. Lewis, E. Cowan, K. Cameron, L. Ripley, J. N. McFarland, B. Coates, C. Q. Atkins, E. Graham, E. P. Latimer, V. P. McKenzie, R. Hawthorne, F. A. Lind, M. A. McConnell, M. McClumb, M. E. Andrew, M. Muldoon, L. Arnold, L. Hainstock, J. A. Rogers, A. P. Herkes, L. Spooner, M. Mair, A. L. Loundry, A. Mellar, F. Wilson, E. Hawthorne, M. E. Usher, L. Nicol, M. E. Geddes, E. M. Burkholder, B. A. Hume, R. Vasey, J. H. Woodhill, O. M. Horn, E. Steele, L. Hodges, K. Condell, T. Moloney, E. J. Mollerd, F. Turner, N. M. Molson, Weston Sweet, L. Hodges, E. E. Nelson, J. M. Howlett, I. Wilkinson, R. J. Fraser, L. A. Glinz, L. King, L. McDonald, O. M. Eby, J. M. Brown, K. Walley, D. B. Fraser, M. Lund, J. McCrindle, Russel H. Hayter, W. C. Campbell, R. Bundy, G. Pollard, A. Small, M. McCrindle, V. Howe, P. Haedisty, V. Murray, E. Brook, A. Dunn, V. Jeffrey, I. Birney, O. Smith, F. Francis, L. Kirk, N. Fraser, J. Cummings, L. Ellerington, D. Bridge, E. Jones, R. E. Rathwell, W. Bamford, E. J. Black, R. Stacey, A. C. Thompson, A. E. Lawson, Leonard H. Goldsborough, M. C. Brown, V. Jones, C. E. Morton, H. W. Savage, J. L. Hamilton, J. E. Leifer, V. A. Motherall, L. Giesbrecht, S. I. Coulter, M. Hazelwood, A. K. Butcher, H. E. Irwin, G. Scott, and Miss Mary Babuik.

Photos & Coordinates

The four-classroom Hamiota School before its expansion

The four-classroom Hamiota School before its expansion (circa 1912)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2017-0012

The eight-classroom Hamiota School

The eight-classroom Hamiota School (no date) by G. W. Bartlett
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 109.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.18246, W100.59877
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

“Wanted, contracts,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 June 1908, page 2.

“Hamiota, Man,” Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association map, 1916, Archives of Manitoba.

“Teachers at the convention,” Brandon Sun, 15 October 1920, page 6.

1921 Canada census, Ancestry.

The History of Hamiota by the Hamiota Women’s Institute, circa 1949.

A History of Hamiota Village and Municipalty by Hamiota Women’s Institute, 1953.

“Council reports,” Birtle Eyewitness, 3 October 1961, page 10.

“Current comments,” Hamiota Echo, 18 April 1962, page 2.

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.

“Trustees conduct regular meeting,” Hamiota Echo, 13 September 1988, page 7.

We thank Len Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 August 2019

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