Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lawrence School No. 364 (RM of Cornwallis)

The Lawrence School District was established formally in January 1885 and a one-room schoolhouse was constructed at SE28-10-17W in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis, on land donated by bachelor farmers Simon and Alex Thompson. The school closed in December 1946 and the former school building was moved to a nearby farm where it was still standing as of the 1980s. The site is now occupied by a electrical transmission station.

Among the teachers of Lawrence School were Maude L. Leeple (1906-1907), I. L. Noble (1907-1908), Margaret Taylor (1908-1910), Margaret Crake (1910-1911), Minnie W. Buckley (1911-1913), B. G. Johnstone (1913-1914), Lucy E. Adams (1914-1915), Agnes A. Coltart (1914-1915), Helen M. McKelvy (1915-1917), Iva Gowanlock (1917-1918), Idena Musgrove (1918-1920), Jeanette Cox (1921), Elisabeth A. Johnson (1921-1922), Jean H. Cowan (1923-1924), Ellen Smith (1924-1927), Gladys Nesbitt (1927-1928), Alice A. Noble (1928-1933), Barbara Robinson (1933-1938), Jean O. Goulding (1938-1939), Mabel M. Hulley (1939-1942), E. B. Montgomery (1942-1943), Christine S. McKay (1942-1943), M. Louise Cruikshank (1943-1945), and Margaret MacDougall (1945-1946).

Lawrence School

Lawrence School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 30.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.85753, W99.71264
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.

Municipal Memories by Cornwallis Centennial Committee, circa 1984.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 April 2021

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