Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rochedale School No. 1268 (RM of Riding Mountain West)

The Rochedale School District was organized formally in January 1904, named for the English hometown of local resident Mr. Halpin. A school building operated from 1905 at SE20-23-28W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Riding Mountain West. A new heating system was installed in 1925, along with introduction of a circulating library. A 12 by 18-foot addition was made in 1936, and two new doors were put on. A new structure replaced the original school in October 1953. The school closed permanently in 1968 and remaining students went to Inglis Consolidated School No. 2458. The building is no longer present at the site but a monument commemorates it.

The teachers of Rochedale School included Miss Helen Skinner (1905), Gladys V. Kerr (1915, 1918), Margaret Hopper (1915-1916), Mary Hodgson (1917), Mary Mills (1919), Gladys Rae (1919), Margaret McMurray (1920), Lily Donaghue (1921-1922), Margaret Irvine (1923), A. M. Goodbrand (1924), W. E. Chalmers (1924-1925), Benjamin Franklin Privat (1926-1927), Jane Anderson (1928), Eunice Bullard (1929), Gladys Mitchell (1930), Margaret Way (1931), Florence Kirkpatrick (1932), Evelyn Tarrant (1933-1935), Pearl Porter (1936-1938), Margaret Arnott (1939-1941), Margaret Cameron (1941-1944, 1955-1956), Gladys Mickilson (1945), Mavis Dillin (1946), Irene Lovas (1947, 1949-1951), Esther Jeffrey (1948), Ruby Kolstad (1952-1953), Freda Robin (1954), G. K. Breckman (1954), Winona Keating (1957-1958), Jeanne Matchett (1959), Joyce Price (1960), Alice Kulchycki (1961), Patricia E. Fedirchuk (1962), and Marion Werschler (1963-1968).

Rochedale School

Rochedale School (no date) by A. F. Kerr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 88.

Rochedale School commemorative monument

Rochedale School commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.99989, W101.35179
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Then and Now: Dropmore, Castleavery, Grainsby, Rochedale by Betty Bauereiss, 1995. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.S44 Bau]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2019

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