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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Laramee School No. 972 (RM of Ritchot)

The Laramee School District was established in May 1898 and a one-room schoolhouse operated in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot on land donated by the Laramee family.

Much of the district’s catchment area was comprised of the inner and outer two miles of Lots 204-224 in the Parish of St. Norbert. In the summer of 1918, a new $2,000 schoolhouse was built on Lot 214 in the Parish of St. Norbert. A two-room teacherage, measuring 20 feet by 16 feet, was added to the site during the summer of 1949. Several lots were transferred to the Riel School District in January 1962, and, by 1964, the district sought to sell its teacherage. In April 1967, the catchment area became part of the Seine River School Division and the school closed that summer.

Among the teachers at Laramee School were C. E. Landy (1918-1919), ? (1919-1920), Therese Lemoine (1920-1921), ? (1921-1922), Elizabeth Robert (1923-1925), ? (1925-1926), Marguerite Belander (1926-1927), Yvonne Sabourin (1927-1928), Mary M. Neil (1928-1935), Michael Krepiakevich (1935-1936), Helene Chaput (1936-1937), Frances Onheiser (1937-1939), N. M. Semenchuk (1939-1940), Frances Andrusko (1940-1941), Yvonne Guillou (1941-1942), Irene Beaudoin (1942-1944), Frace Blanc (1945-1946), ? (1946-1949), Mary Hruska (1949-1951), Mrs M. Bazinet (1951-1952), Mrs. Mary Lasko (1952-1954), Mrs. D M. Munro (1954-1955), Mrs. L. A. Parisien (1955-1958), Wilma DeVos (1957-1958), Jean R. Pokrant (1958-1960), Mrs. Anna Kosman (1960-1963), ? (1963-1964), Susan M. Reimer (1964-1967), and Agnes Marie Courchaine Charette (?-?).

Laramee School

Laramee School (no date)
Source: Jody Jacobucci

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.71158, W97.09156
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.

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Laramee School District No. 972, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Corporate Security registered documents (ATG 0089), No. 1 - School District of Laramee No. 972, GR12576, Archives of Manitoba.

Municipal borrowing files (MA 0039), Laramee School District No. 972, GR1799, Archives of Manitoba.

Sectional Maps Collection of Western Canada, Winnipeg #73 (1921) 8th Edition - Manitoba - Canada 1:190080, Archives of Manitoba.

Municipal Maps Collection (Series 2, Cummins Maps), Municipality of Ritchot #65, (1931) Archives of Manitoba.

“Laramee School Board ordered to restore contract to teacher,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 September 1936, page 26.

“Dismissed teacher is reinstated by Board of Reference of Dept.” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 September 1936, page 26.

“Sale by sealed tender,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1964, page 41.

Obituary [Agnes Marie Charette], Winnipeg Free Press, 5 November 1994, page D1.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Le Centre du patrimoine of La Société historique de Saint-Boniface, Jody Jacobucci, and Gordon Goldsborough for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 July 2022

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