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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Netley School No. 538 (RM of Rockwood)

The Netley School District was established in June 1888 and a one-room log schoolhouse operated on the Oscar Morgan homestead in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. In 1899, it was decided to build a new structure in a more central location, on the southwest corner of NW31-16-3E. This building burned down in 1926 and students were transported to school in Teulon until 1932 when local residents, feeling their taxes were too high, petitioned Judge R. A. Stacpoole to leave the Teulon School District. Their petition was granted and a new building was constructed and named Stacpoole School.

Among the teachers who worked at Netley School were Mr. J. Hume, Mr. Cooper, Hugh Duncan Cumming, Tony Maksymyk, and Gladys Jane Bodnarus (1959-1960).

Netley School

Netley School (1920s) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 86.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.43370, W97.17858
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Stacpoole School No. 2236 (RM of Rockwood)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Netley Lake School No. 775 (RM of St. Andrews)

Memorable Manitobans: Richard Alexander Stacpoole (1868-1948)


Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

Teulon East topographic map, 62I/6 East, Edition 1, 1956, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

Obituary [Gladys Jane Bodnarus], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 2022.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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