Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shell Valley School No. 1905 (RM of Riding Mountain West)

The Shell Valley School District No. 1695 was organized formally in August 1913 but no school was built and the district was dissolved seven years later, the associated land joining Merridale School District No. 1480. Another district with the same name, numbered 1905, was organized in September 1917. The school operated on the northwest quarter of 19-24-27 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Riding Mountain West. The school closed in 1966 and the remaining students went to Inglis Consolidated School No. 2458. The former school building is no longer present at the site but a metal sign commemorates it.

Among the teachers at Shell Valley School were Maurice P. Kalushka, Jack H. Gibson (1937-1938), Jack Stewart, Mrs. Lafley, Ann Zibreski, Roger Fisher, Mrs. Fisher, Mr. Fisher, Mr. Marsinec, Herb Nernberg, Mr. Guluska, Howard Zinc, Mrs. Pomeroy, Jack Dawson, Victor Chernenko, and Shirley Chewka.

Shell Valley School building

Shell Valley School building (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 57.

Shell Valley School commemorative sign

Shell Valley School commemorative sign (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.08853, W101.25799
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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

R.M. of Boulton: Once Upon a Century, 1884-1984 by R.M. of Boulton, 1986, pages 52-53.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 June 2023

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