Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tarbolton School No. 297 (Municipality of Riverdale)

The first Tarbolton School was erected in 1883 at NE20-11-22 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Municipality of Riverdale. By 1895, it had 43 students. The original building was replaced in 1907 by a new one-classrom structure and the first school was moved to 9-11-22W. It was used as a horse shed and later as a workshop.

The school closed due to declining enrollment in 1948 and the remaining students went to Bradwardine Consolidated School No. 1307. The district was formally dissolved in 1953. The school building was sold and dismantled in 1956. A commemorative monument was erected at the site in 2007.

The teachers who worked at Tarbolton School through the years included E. G. Harris, Florence Dadson, Cassie Barnes, Florence Currie, Mary Polson, John J. Griggs, Miss Gillanders, Miss J. W. Whittington, Miss Cawyan, Cyrus Boyd, Arthur Hearn, Neil McConnel, David S. Tod, Evangeline Bailey, Miss M. Tully, Miss M. Haigh, A. Cameron Smith, Fred S. Johnston, Miss A. Carscaden, Fanny B. Hitchcock, Edith A. Stinson, Mabel Napper, Miss McLaren, Miss Ludbrook, Miss E. Hatcher, Owen E. Thomas, Katie Boyce, Miss P. Long, Miss Hardy, Miss Nesbitt, Miss Thomas, Miss H. Lindsay, Miss N. Smith, Miss Bertha McBain, Ida McLean, Miss I. Lindsay, Miss M. Doak, Miss M. Nesbitt, Miss M. Johnston, Miss A. Medlecott, Miss Delsie Cridge, Miss Bessie Ransom, Miss Dorothy Laing, Miss K. McTavish, Miss E. Nesbitt, Mr. McNeill, Miss Jessie McNeill, Miss R. McLennan, Miss V. Lundy, Miss E. Hogg, Mr. J. Anderson, Miss I. Gray, Miss M. Poerch, Miss M. Houston, Mrs. E. Page, Miss D. Baxter, Miss D. Tucker, Miss E. Stevens, Mrs. W. Graham, and Mr. A. Ross.

Tarbolton School

Tarbolton School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 16.

Tarbolton School

Tarbolton School (no date)
Source: Bradwardine and District: A Century and More, 1880-2003.

Tarbolton School commemorative monument

Tarbolton School commemorative monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.94563, W100.43951
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.

Bradwardine and District: A Century and More, 1880-2003 by Bradwardine History Book Committee, 2003.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2021

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