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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Spruce Creek School No. 723 (RM of Dauphin)

The Spruce Creek School District was established in April 1891 and a schoolhouse was constructed at SE28-24-20W in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin. It operated until June 1959 when it closed due to consolidation. The building is no longer present at the site but a monument commemorates it.

Among the teachers of Spruce Creek School were Eva M. Ferguson (1922-1924), Dorothy Rinn (1938), Mrs. Ruth Carruthers (1954-1955), Miss Jean Zaplitny (1955-1956), Sally Walker (1956-1957), Joseph Jenkins (1957-1958), and Edward Gorchynski (1958-1959).

Spruce Creek School

Spruce Creek School (no date) by H. J. Everall
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 115.

Spruce Creek School commemorative monument

Spruce Creek School commemorative monument (July 2013)
Source: Alan Mason

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.09606, W100.21533
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Spruce Creek school report for February,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 8 March 1923, page 5.

“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

“Teaching staffs named for “A” and “B” groups,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 9 September 1954, page 1.

“Record-breaking enrollments expected here in collegiate, elementary schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 1 September 1955, page 1.

“All-time high enrollments expected for town schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 30 August 1956, page 1.

“Town schools open today, high enrollments expected,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 29 August 1957, page 1.

“Total of 110 teachers assigned to schools in Dauphin-Ochre area,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 4 September 1958, page 1.

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.

This page was prepared by Alan Mason and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 March 2021

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