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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tremaine School No. 502 (RM of Minto-Odanah)

Originally known as Oak Grove School when it opened on the northeast quarter of 30-13-18 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Minto-Odanah, the building was moved to SE36-13-19W in 1892, and renamed Tremaine. In 1915, it was replaced with a brick veneer building, constructed by contractor A. E. Jones of Brandon on the southeast corner of NE25-13-19W. The school closed due to consolidation in 1968. The former school building, in poor structural condition, stood until 2013 beside highway #10 inside a fenced compound. A commemorative sign was erected south of the site, on the opposite side of the highway.

Among the teachers who worked at Tremaine School through the years were Mary Stuart (1892-1894), S. M. Gooden (1894), Ella Garrioch (1894), Bessie Barrie (1895), Elizabeth Tully (1895-1897), T. Glennie (1897), Annie Hughes (1898), Maggie Tully (1899), Luella Munro (1900), Helen Ross (1901-1905), C. M. Oliver (1905), Agnes Stuart (1906), Maude Stephenson (1907), Olive Fairnborn (1908), Jessie McIntyre (1909), Edith Rose (1910-1911), May Rankin (1911-1912), Miss Whaley (1912-1913), Amy Ditch (1913-1914), Carrie Short (1914-1915, 1917-1919), Miss Curtis (1915), Irene Miller (1916), Edith Irene Emerson (1916-1917), Alice Cameron (1919), Edith Caffrey (1920), Louisa Scott (1920), Douglas Aikenhead (1921), Miss Carson (1921), Hugh Blain (1922-1923), Miss Neville (1923), Pearl Pockett (1924-1925), Ethel Bridge (1925-1927), Maud Bradley (1927-1929), Nellie Sibbald (1929), Laura Wiegand (1930), Mabel Mylrea (1930-1931), Eva McTavish (1931-1933), Flora Matheson (1933-1934), Rene Maitland (1934), Bessie Greig (1935-1937), Bernice McDonald (1937-1939), Ada Osborne (1939-1940), Norma Boake (1940-1942), Shirley Cooper (1942-1943), Rene Motheral (1943), Bernice East (1943, 1953-1958), Catherine Smithson (1944-1946), Vivian Charles (1946-1948), Margaret Demarr (1948-1949), Eleanor Alguire (1949-1952), Olive Pierson (1952-1953), Ethel McKenzie (1958-1961), Lois Jackson (1961-1962), and Evelyn McLeod (1962-1968).

Tremaine School

Tremaine School (circa 1916)
Source: Education Department Report, 1916, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Tremaine School

Tremaine School (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 76.

The former Tremaine School building

The former Tremaine School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1227.

The former Tremaine School building

The former Tremaine School building (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

The former Tremaine School building at N50.13118, W99.93546, gone as of 2013

The former Tremaine School building at N50.13118, W99.93546, gone as of 2013 (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough


Tremaine School commemorative sign

Tremaine School commemorative sign (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.12363, W99.93472
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.

We thank Ed Arndt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 December 2021

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