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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Joslin School No. 499 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

The Joslin School District was formally established in the Rural Municipality of Wallace in April 1887, probably named for local farmer John Joslin. It operated until January 1965 when the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Virden Consolidated School District. The building is no longer on the site and a stone monument erected in June 1977 commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Joslin School were Harold E. Riter (1911-1912), Marion Pollock (1912-1913), Mabel Cropley (1913-1914), A. E. Carscadden (1916), Violet M. Moir (1916-1917), F. Blanche Maxfield (1917-1919), Vivian Durden (1919-1920), Katherine Strang (1920-1922), Margaret Elliott (1922-1923), S. A. Middlecott (1923-1924), A. C. Jefferson (1924-1926), Hazel G. Smith (1926-1929), S. Elsie Donald (1929-1931), N. Elaine Tapp (1931-1933), Charles Koester (1933-1934), Ruby F. Dodd (1934-1937), Evelyn McPherson (1937-1939), H. Chapman (1939-1940), Hazel Short (1940-1942), E. M. Anderson (1942-1944), Margaret I. Frazer (1944-1945), Agnes M. Thiessen (1945-1947), E. Glen Law (1947-1948), Audrey Reynolds (1948-1949), Shirley Fisher (1949-1951), R. D. McBean (1951-1952), Marie Doole (1952-1953), Shirlee Crandall (1953-1954), Marjorie Tapp (1954-1958), Rosemary I. Curry (1958-1959), Beth Wadham (1959-1961), Donna Wright (1961), and Don Wrobleski (1961-1963).

Joslin School

Joslin School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 74.

The former Joslin School building

The former Joslin School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1451.

Joslin School commemorative monument

Joslin School commemorative monument (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.98978, W100.96552
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.

Prairie Neighbours, 1881-1981 by The Four Corners History Club, 1981, pages 8-9.

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: 21 June 2020

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