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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 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.





James Thomas Hulme (1864-1938)


J. McNeil


Anna Robertson


Charles Raymond Slawson (1900-1933)


Clarence Edgar “Curly” Heapy (1905-1981)


Thomas Patrick King (1873-1954)


John Hazelett Duffy (1878-1942)


Phyllis C. Mitchell


Charles Linwood “Charlie” Miller (1891-1958)


C. Andrywich


Garnet Milton Morrison (1915-1992)


Andrew George Kuzyk


Mrs. Isabelle Wery


M. Makarchuk


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


Lorne William Day


Nicholas Hlynsky


Gordon Alexander Henderson (1920-1993)


Anton “Tony” Rittaler (1917-2008)


S. Derlago

Teachers (Rutherglen School)

School Year



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)








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




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


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



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


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


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


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 ?)


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


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


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

Photos & Coordinates

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 commemorative monument beside the former school building

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

Site Coordinates (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)


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: 9 February 2022

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