Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wentworth School No. 1801 (RM of Rosser)
The Wentworth School District was organized formally in August 1915. The following year, a two-storey, two-classroom brick school building was erected on a design by Winnipeg architect E. D. Tuttle, on the southeast quarter of 26-11-2 east of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Rosser (a site now within the City of Winnipeg). During construction of the building, a bricklayer was killed when a brick wall collapsed, a result attributed by the architect to the contractor’s poor workmanship.
In 1958, Wentworth became part of the Rosser Municipal School District. The school closed in June 1962 and, in April 1963, ownership of the land and building were transferred to the Winnipeg School Division. The building was demolished in July 1963. (During demolition, the wreckers mistakenly began to tear down the nearby vacant Woodsworth School building belonging to the Brooklands School Division.)
Teachers who taught at Wentworth School through the years included: Marion Buckley, Margaret S. Mathews, John R. Maills, R. E. Brown, Maurice Sanger, Myra Atkinson, Annie Mills, Mary McKenzie, Mary J. Parkins, Harold A. Whitefield, Annie M. Beldon, Emily Cox, Margarite Tod, Caroline Irene McCleod, Louise Neilson, Mr. Johnson, Beatrice May Williams, William G. Johnson, Margaret Cynthia Heming, David A. Brown. Lena Quiring, Grace E. Steves, Mrs. Leah Bourke, Alvin Bartley CampbelI, Dameris Baggaley Robinson, Mary E. Mazur, Mrs. K. A. Snatinchuk, Mrs. Marie Cosens, and Mr. Kowalchuk.
“Inquiry into collapse Wentworth School”, Manitoba Free Press, 4 January 1917, page 27.
“Whoops - Pardon my sledge-hammer”, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 July 1963, page 3.
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.
The First Hundred Years, 1893-1993 by the Rosser Municipality Centennial History Book Committee, page 103.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 December 2013
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