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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitou School No. 314 (Souris Avenue, Manitou, Municipality of Pembina)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

The Manitou School District was organized formally in February 1884 and a schoolhouse operated in the community of Manitou, in what is now the Municipality of Pembina. Its first teacher was Leonard Wilson. The new high school was built at the site in 1910 and a replacement elementary school in 1913. The original school was renovated into a private residence.

The Manitou Consolidated School District was established in July 1912, and operated until May 1971 when it became part of Pembina Valley School Division. It consolidated several smaller rural schools, including New Haven School No. 78, Mount Carmel School No. 238, Mowbray School No. 245, Riverdale School No. 323, Pembina Crossing School No. 324, Middleton School No. 404, Kaleida School No. 433, Lore School No. 466, Hazel School No. 517, Stanley School No. 535, Overdale School No. 582, McFadden School No. 774, Midland School No. 845, Willow Bluff School No. 1334, Boundary School No. 1339, and New Haven School No. 2110. As of the early 1990s, the school building remained at the site. Now it has been replaced by a monument that incorporates shards from the 1913 school facade and its bell.





Alfred Jackson (1858-1935)




T. W. Shine


Edgar Burgess (1867-1954)


William Y. McLeish


Th. Jonasson


E. D. Richardson


George James Elliott (1869-1948)


Harold Ludlow Albright (1888-1955)


John Cunningham Anderson (1862-1929)


Wilhelm “Will” Kristjanson (1896-1979)


William Stanley “Bill” Dunlop (1912-1991)


William Alfred Lorne McFarland (1908-1990)


John Arthur Lionel Holmes (1913-1968)


Abiah Davies Morgan (1899-1967)


Charles Douglas Bollman (1917-1986)


J. L. Bridge


Orville Heachuk


Johann Edvald Sigurjonsson (1900-1972)


Kenneth Harold Charlesworth (1926-2004)


Oliver Glen Olmstead (?-1997)


D. F. MacIsaac

Teachers (partial list)

School Year



High School: Joseph Kozak, D. McIsaac, Mrs. D. McIsaac, Leo McGinn, Anatole Meush, Tim Ray

Among the other teachers of Manitou School were Marshall Hall-Jones, Charles C. Parker (1897), William Wallace Wright (1925-1927), and Doris Penstock (1957-?).

Photos & Maps

Postcard view of Manitou School

Postcard view of Manitou School (no date)
Source: Archibald Museum

Manitou School

Postcard view of Manitou School (circa 1914)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0081

Manitou School

Postcard view of Manitou School (circa 1914)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0083

Manitou School

Postcard of Manitou School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 22.

Manitou School

Postcard of Manitou Elementary and High Schools (circa 1965)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2012-0068.

Manitou School

The former Manitou School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1019.

Manitou School

The former Manitou School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1021.

Manitou School

Aerial view of the former Manitou School (1987)
Source: Manitoba Pool Elevators Collection, Calendar Photos, S. J. McKee Archives

Manitou School

Manitou School monument (2010)
Source: Ed Grassick

Site Location (lat/long): N49.23800, W98.53765
denoted by symbol on the map above


“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

“Western news notes [Manitou High School],” Manitoba Free Press, 27 October 1910, page 3.

“Early life in Manitou recalled as “real, earnest” by pioneer,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 November 1947, page 15.

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

“Pembina Valley SD Vote Sept. 27,” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1963, page 5.

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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Pat Miles for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and Ed Grassick.

Page revised: 5 July 2017

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