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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Iris School No. 1920 (RM of Alonsa)

The Iris School District operated a one-room schoolhouse at this site in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa from 1918 to 1962. The former school building is no longer present at the site. A monument erected in 1993 commemorates the school and local resident Edward Mozdzen.

Among the teachers of Iris School were Miss M. H. Bone (1918-1919), Henry Benjamin Bees (1920), Henry George Mingay (1920-1921, also Night School), Miss L. Jean Mason (1922), D. Fyles (1922), Mrs. Edith Alywin (1923), E. L. Strachan (1923), Miss M. M. Blowers (1924), L. Caners (1924), Mrs. S. L. Campbell (1924), Robert Halloway (1924-1925), Mrs. Willard Waldon (1925), Grace L. Dolmage (1926, daughter of John Dolmage), Margaret Black (1926), Dorothy Eleanor Hartley (1939-1940), Anna Dill Carson (1940-1948), Lena Gordon (1948-1949), Miss A. Pasosky (1949-1950), Mrs. Stone Turko (1950), William Peter Christie (1950-1951), John Fostey (1951-1952), Dorothy O. Sellman (1952-1954), Mary Elizabeth Armit (1954-1956, 1959-1962), Eileen LaRocque (1956-1958), and Alice Ruth Adeline Napper (1958-1959).

Iris School and Teacherage

Iris School and Teacherage (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 60.

Iris School commemorative monument

Iris School commemorative monument (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Iris School commemorative monument

Iris School commemorative monument (August 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.80170, W99.00831
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Birdina School No. 1915 (RM of Alonsa)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alonsa School No. 1920 / Alex Robertson Museum / Alonsa War Memorial (Alonsa, RM of Alonsa)


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

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Iris School District No. 1920 - Daily Registers, GR2064, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Iris School District #1920 - Cash Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 September 2021

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