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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rosamond School / McCreary School No. 1348 (McCreary, Municipality of McCreary)

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The Rosamond School District was established formally in May 1905 and the first schoolhouse in McCreary had a single classroom. In 1917, a larger school building was constructed at the site and the original one was moved elsewhere to be used as a movie house and hardware store before being dismantled. The new two-storey Rosamond building had two classrooms on its main floor, with cloakrooms and an assembly area. There were two classrooms on the second floor and a small laboratory. In 1936, it became McCreary Municipal School No. 1348. A new four-classroom elementary school was constructed beside it in 1952 and both structures were used until being closed in 1979, although senior students had moved out in 1959 when a five-classroom collegiate was built at another site. The two buildings were demolished by 1983. The old school bell (restored in 1987) tops a stone monument that was unveiled at the original site on 31 July 1994, along with a plaque listing other rural schools that operated in the McCreary region:

School

Period of Operation

Location(s)

Armstrong School No. 1833

1916-1967

SW21-20-13W

Bower School No. 1860

1917-1964

NE28-20-14W

Bracken School No. 2099

1922-1965

SE33-21-15W

Budka School No. 1717

1914-1956

SE34-19-13W

Canadaville School No. 836

1895-1921

NE17-21-15W

Canal School No. 1718

1913-1960

SE12-21-15W

Glencairn School No. 1149

1901-1966

NW23-19-14W

Glenhope School No. 1861

1917-1940

SE8-21-13W

Marshall School No. 2013

1919-1933

NW31-21-13W

Mountain Eve School No. 1152

1899-1962

SW27-20-15W

Norgate School No. 807

1898-1966

NE34-20-15W and SE3-20-15W

Reeve School No. 2325

1941-1962

SE24-20-15W

Royal Oak School No. 1354

1905-1959

SW18-21-16W

Sunrise School No. 1926

1918-1962

NE29-21-14W

Turtle Plains School No. 1568

1911-1964

SW6-20-14W

Principals

Period

Principal

1917-1919

?

1919-1923

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1923-1925

Harvey Richard Brown (1895-1962)

1925-1926

George F. Perry

1926-1931

David Smith Tod (1870-1937)

1931-1935

Earl Duncan McKellar (1902-1984)

1935-1953

William Meldrum (1884-1959)

1953-1956

Harry Piniuta (1910-1990)

1956-1958

William Meldrum (1884-1959)

1958-1960

Ray E. Lavack

1960-1961

John Peter Tutkaluke (1914-1994)

1961-1962

A. H. Butler

1962-1963

George Papas

1963-1964

Oliver Glen Olmstead (?-1997)

1964-1965

Michael “Mike” Posmituck (1918-1996)

1965-1969

?

1969-1979

John Hildebrand

Teachers

Among the early teachers of McCreary School were Fred Palmatier, Roy Watson, F. M. Thompson, and Marie Louise Trottier.

School Year

Teachers

1906-1907

Miss Clara Love

1907-1917

?

1917-1923

Miss Campbell, Mr. C. J. Gillespie, Mr. Mulligan, Miss Sarah P. Strong

1920s

J. M. McDonald, J. M. Riddell

1927-1936

I. H. Beggs, Miss R. Betts, M. Delmage, J. F. Ennis, B. Gorby, K. O'Neill, C. Shewfelt, E. Steen, M. Steen, E. Tedford, Etheldreda Tucker

1938-1939

Irene Bell, Violet Edwards, J. F. Ennis, Elizabeth Telford

1940s

Miss Bourbonnais, L. Brister, Miss Brock, J. Bryer, M. Collins, V. Copeland, J. Dale, J. Dickie, V. Edwards, Dreda Ennis, J. F. Ennis, Anna Fox, D. Hartley, Miss Little, Michael “Mike” Posmituck, E. Shepherd, Anne Sims, B. Tedford, E. Thompson

1947-1956

Lois Blair, Olga Code, M. Collins (grade 3), Joyce Cook, A. Delveaux, E. English, M. Galanchuk, M. Getz, T. Hall, J. Henderson, A. Hendy, N. Houston, M. Hykaway, E. Jackson, Marj. Johnson, H. Kliman, M. Lloyd, E. Lysack, R. Mooney, M. Morton, O. Muloin, Juliet Noiseux, Leona Poole, Michael “Mike” Posmituck, S. Rehaluk, E. Rinn, V. Roy, B. Soucy, L. Sumner, M. Thierry, M. Thompson, Annette Turko, I. Wilson, J. O. Wilson

1957-1966

E. (Shura) Armstrong, F. Armstrong, J. Buchanan, H. (Bishop) Bunka, Olga Code, E. Dunning, Dreda Ennis, R. Hoehn, H. Magnusson, P. (McGorman) Mulligan, Leona (Poole) Murphy, M. Spurway, R. Virtue

1967-1976

E. Armstrong, L. Arthur, H. Bunka, B. Chorneyko, G. Christie, Olga Code, E. Dunning, E. M. (Dreda) Ennis, M. Hanau, G. Haverstick, I. Jarko, J. Lindsay, R. Lofgren, S. Majury, V. Marciski, M. Mellquist, L. Oke, L. Paterson, J. Perchaluk, S. Savard, R. Slade, B. Smith, L. Sodomlak, C. Spewak, C. Stewart, L. Stewart, E. (Cantin) Tardiff, M. Totte

1976-1979

E. Armstrong, L. Arthur, F. Clark, Olga Code, G. Haverstick, D. Katsma, V. Marciski, L. Paterson, M. Totte

Photos & Coordinates

Rosamond School

Rosamond School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 102.

McCreary schools commemorative monument beside a model of Rosamond School

McCreary schools commemorative monument beside a model of Rosamond School (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.77291, W99.49713
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McCreary Collegiate / McCreary School (Third Avenue, McCreary, Municipality of McCreary)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McCreery School No. 797 (Municipality of Norfolk-Treherne)

Sources:

“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

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.

McCreary: Milestones and Memories by McCreary History Book Committee, 1987, pages 139-147.

Manitoba Heritage Council Commemorative Plaques and Manitoba Community Commemorative Plaques, Fiscal Year 1994-1995, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Citizenship, page 33.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2020

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