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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rutherglen Consolidated School No. 1297 (McAuley, RM of Ellice-Archie)

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The original Rutherglen School No. 1297 was established in May 1904, at this site in the village of McAuley in what is now the Rural Municipality of Ellice-Archie. In April 1915, it became Rutherglen Consolidated School when it was consolidated with Parkland School No. 1036. In the years, other rural schools joined it, including Rose Lea School No. 278, DeClare School No. 353, Beaver Rapids School No. 674, Cherry Grove School No. 768, Manson Consolidated School No. 841, and Hills Green School No. 856.

The two-storey, four-classroom brick building, erected in 1915, was used until 1968 when it was closed and, the next year, its contents were sold at auction. The building was demolished in 1970. Grades 10 to 12 were bussed to Elkhorn and the former McAuley Collegiate (built in 1961) was occupied by the lower grades. A monument in front of the Collegiate building (closed in 2000, now a store) was dedicated in 1989 and a second commemorative plaque was added to it in 2004, during a reunion by students of the McAuley schools.

The bell that once adorned the Rutherglen School building (1906-1916) and Rutherglen Consolidated School building (1916-1970), and the cornerstone from the latter building, are displayed next to the McAuley Pioneers Monument elsewhere in McAuley.

Principals

Period

Principal

1919-1920

James Thomas Hulme (1864-1938)

1920-1922

J. McNeil

1922-1925

Anna Robertson

1925-1926

Charles Raymond Slawson (1900-1933)

1926-1931

Clarence Edgar “Curly” Heapy (1905-1981)

1931-1932

Thomas Patrick King (1873-1954)

1932-1934

John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)

1934-1935

Phyllis C. Mitchell

1935-1943

Charles Linwood “Charlie” Miller (1891-1958)

1943-1944

C. Andrywich

1944-1949

Garnet Milton Morrison (1915-1992)

1949-1950

A. G. Kuzyk

1950-1954

Mrs. Isabelle Wery

1954-1955

M. Makarchuk

1955-1957

Robert Octavius Picken “Barney” Bolton (1907-1985)

1957-1961

Lorne William Day

1961-1962

Nicholas Hlynsky

1962-1968

Gordon Alexander Henderson (1920-1993)

1968-1972

Anton “Tony” Rittaler (1917-2008)

1972-1973

S. Derlago

Teachers (Rutherglen School)

School Year

Teachers

1960-1961

Lynne Kathleen Bay (grades 3-4), Lorne William Day (grades 11-12), Leonard Draper (grade 9), Lynne Iris Farley (grades 1-2), Robert William Wayne Kirbyson (grade 10), Marjorie Frances Skelton (grades 5-6), Harvey Veldhouse (grades 7-8)

1961-1962

?

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

?

1964-1965

Theodore M. Sherloski (grades 7-8), ? (other grades)

1965-1966

?

1966-1967

Berna-Fay Ellen Parker (grade 4), ? (other grades)

1967-1968

Ernie Vernon Jacobs (grades 7-8), Darlene Ann Lowes (grade 5), Linda Dail McCutcheon (grades 2-3), Berna-Fay Ellen Parker (grades 4 & 6), June Emily Patterson (grade 1)

Teachers (McAuley Collegiate)

School Year

Teachers

1961-1962

Samuel Donen (grade 10), Leonard Draper (grade 9), Nicholas Hlynsky (grades 11-12), Robert Roseman (grade 10, 1961)

1962-1963

Leonard Draper (grade 10), Gordon Alexander Henderson (grades 11-12), Michael Kenneth Jones (grades 9-10)

1963-1964

Leonard Draper (grade 11), Gordon Alexander Henderson (grade 12), Michael Kenneth Jones (grade 10), Josephine Kathleen Stonehouse (grade 9)

1964-1965

Gordon Alexander Henderson (grades 11-12), Edwin I. Ojike (grade 10, 1964), Harold Henry Samway (grade 10), Josephine Kathleen Stonehouse (grade 9), Jean Elizabeth Lee (grade ?), Gladys Diane McFad?ean (grade ?)

1965-1966

Gordon Alexander Henderson (grade 11), Evelyn Maude Jamieson (grade 9), Evelyn Joyce Lysack (grade 9, 1966), Mrs. J. McAuley (grade 9 substitute, 1966)

1966-1967

Gordon Alexander Henderson (grade 11), Evelyn Joyce Lysack (grade 10), ? (grade 9)

1967-1968

Gordon Alexander Henderson (grades 10-11), Jean Elizabeth Lee (grade 9, 1967), Anton “Tony” Rittaler (grade 9)

Photos & Maps

Rutherglen School

Rutherglen School (circa 1916)
Source: Education Department Report, 1916, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Rutherglen School

Rutherglen School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 93.

Rutherglen School

Rutherglen School monument beside the former school building (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.26270, W101.38331
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: McAuley Pioneers Monument (McAuley, RM of Ellice-Archie)

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Long McAuley landmark, early school empty shell,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 December 1969, page 25.

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR1811), Rutherglen School District No. 1297 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection (GR1811), McAuley Collegiate [School District No. 1297] Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 May 2017

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