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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ruby School No. 1081 (Municipality of Swan Valley West)

The Ruby School District was organized formally in July 1900, named for the nearby Ruby Creek in the Municipality of Swan Valley West, and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW14-34-28W. The school closed permanently in June 1966. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its catchment area became part of the Swan Valley School Division. No vestige of the school remains at the site.

Among the teachers of Ruby School were Miss Laura Latimer (1901-1905), Wellington Gable (1905-1906), William Meldrum (1906-1907), Miss Wilson (1907-1908), Alex McLean (1908-1909), Ada Gilroy (1909-1910), Kate Clemmenger (1909-1910), Annie Latimer (1911-1912), Miss Inkster (1913-1914), Miss Johnston (1914-1915), Miss Laida Book (1915-1916), Edith Kelly (1917), Maggie Inkster (?), Bella Maquire (1918), Miss Cole (1918), Mr. Pritchard (1919), Doris Burt (?), Kathleen Arthur (1921-1923), Etta Hedly (1923-1924), Bertha Stacey (1924-1925), Marv Reid (1925-1926), Hazel Anne Campbell (1926-1932), Miss Anderson (1932-?), Myra McKellar (1935-1936), Miss Reid (1936-1937), Miss Sandborn (1937), Ruby Burnash (1938-1941), Victor Unruh (1941-1942), Anne Nedstaiko (1942-1943), Donalda Coutts (1943-1944), Winnifred Cowan (1944-1945), Pearl Stevens (1945-?), C. Strum (1949-1953), Mary Anne Mlynarski (1953-1954), Clara Stirling (1954-1961), Darlene Craig (1961-1962), Annie Lusty (1962-1964), Mrs. E. Miles (1964-1965), Miss A. Hyda (1965-1966), and Miss Anne Unruh (1966).

Ruby School

Ruby School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 52.

Ruby School

Ruby School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 52.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.91043, W101.33015
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

School District Formation Files [Ruby School District No. 1081], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

Kenville, Ruby, Mt. Crest, Davidson, Harlington, Square Plains, Pretty Valley by Kenville Reunion Committee, July 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.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2021

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