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Historic Sites of Manitoba: The Landing School No. 951 (RM of Westbourne)

The Landing School District was established in May 1898. A schoolhouse was constructed on one-half acre of land donated by lumberman and steamboat operator Peter MacArthur, on the southeast corner of SE1-14-9W in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie. When MacArthur moved to Winnipegosis, he sold the remaining land to the school trustees for $20. The school operated until the fall of 1954 when its remaining students were transferred to Westbourne School. The district was formally dissolved in 1967 and Minute Books for the former district are held by the Portage la Prairie School Division.

The teachers who worked at The Landing School through the years were C. A. Pedlar, Ruby M. Ingram, Lorna E. Carr, Mariette Stephens, Janet A. Grant, Clara M. Bemister, Grace M. Jones, Margaret J. Fraser, Florence H. Howden, Florence Haslaw, Allen Garland, Olive Manness, Mildred DuPre, Roberta A. Anderson, M. S. Matthews, Charlotte Lambert, Elsie B. Montgomery, M. G. P. Matchett, Salena A. Whitman, Gertrude E. Jackson, Annie I. Price Mumm, Edith Davey, Mabel D. Sopp, Edith Davey, Louise Routledge, Helen M. Stewart, Harold Sigurdson, Gertrude Morton, Myrtle I. Riach, A. Lillias Stewart, Mary J. Perry, E. Emond, Jean McMillan, Muriel E. Bruce, H. Russell Moffat, Audrey Hunt, Emilie Paswisty, and Lucy Medevid.

The Landing School

Sketch of The Landing School building by Karen Braden
Source: University Women’s Club of Portage la Prairie

Site Location (lat/long): N50.15265, W98.56099
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westbourne School No. 11 (Westbourne, RM of Westbourne)


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.

Rural Schools of Portage la Prairie School Division #24 by Muriel Wright, 1996.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 February 2016

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