Historic Sites of Manitoba: Reaburn School No. 1890 (RM of Woodlands)

The Reaburn School District was established in June 1917 and a schoolhouse was constructed in 1919 by contractor Percy Hunt, at NE13-13-4W in the Rural Municipality of Woodlands. After the closure of the Ossawa School around 1946, students from that area came here. The school closed around 1960 and, in 1967, its catchment area became part of the Interlake School Division. A commemorative sign remains at the former school site.

The teachers who worked at Reaburn School through the years were Elsie Gardener (1917-1918), Margaret McDonald (1918), E. Blanche Wood (1919), Cora Hopkins (1919-1920), Vivian Finn (1920-1922), Ethel Lye (1922-1923), Montague Shore (1923), Mrs. J. Garton (1923-1924, 1926-1928), Allie Wright (1925-1926), Daniel Frederick “Fred” McNeill (1928-1942, 1944-1946), Kathleen Sims (1943), Mrs. J. Belton (1943), Annie Duffie (1943), Albert Louella Hendy (1946-1947), Margaret Witty (1947-1950), Miss P. Dann (1950), Bertha Schlichting (1950), Mrs. Nichol (1950-1951), Mrs. George Finnegan (1951-1958), Miss Fox (1959-1960), Mrs. George Fruhn (1960-1961), George Fruhn (1961-1964), Mr. Pokrant (1964-1966), and Mr. Lambert (1966-1967).

Reaburn School

Reaburn School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 51.

Reaburn School teacherage

Reaburn School teacherage (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 51.

Reaburn School commemorative sign

Reaburn School commemorative sign (April 2018)
Source: Lorna Clark

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.10763, W97.87324
denoted by symbol on the map above


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]

Footsteps through the Years - Ossowa, Reaburn, Marquette, Meadow Lea, Poplar Heights by the Marquette and District Historical Guild, 1977.

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.

Woodland Echoes by Madeline L. Proctor, 1970, pages 194-196.

Obituary [Alberta Louella Hendy], Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1989, page 36.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

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 John Moore, Lorna Clark, and Fred McNeill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 June 2024

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