Historic Sites of Manitoba: Orr School No. 343 (RM of Dufferin)

In 1885, trustees of the Orr School District (formed the previous year) purchased an acre of land in the Rural Municipality of Dufferin from farmer Charles Usher. Soon after, a school building was constructed on the property. Over time, land was removed from the district to establish the Emery School District (in 1898), Lintrathen School District (in 1901), and Graysville School District (in 1909). Finally, in 1919, when the Graysville Consolidated School District was formed, Orr joined it and ceased to exist. Its building was sold to the Kilmory School District around 1921 and moved to SW21-6-5W. No vestige of the school remains at the site but a metal sign erected by the Carman/Dufferin Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee commemorates it.

Kilmory School, the former Orr School building

Kilmory School, the former Orr School building (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 11.

Orr School commemorative sign

Orr School commemorative sign (March 2021)
Source: Art Peers

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.48795, W98.18263
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kilmory School No. 28 (RM of Dufferin)


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 Bells & Honey Pails: A GPS Tour of Local Country Schools, Dufferin Historical Museum, circa 2011, 74 pages.

We thank Art Peers for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 March 2021

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