Historic Sites of Manitoba: Windsor School No. 96 (RM of Rockwood)
The Windsor School District was formally established in April 1880 and a schoolhouse opened on 2 May 1881 in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. Account is given of a log building operating as a school as early as 1878, situated along the west part of southwest 9-16-2E of the Prime Meridian. In its early years, the schoolhouse was also used for Sunday church services (1881-?), alternating between both the local Windsor Presbyterian Church and Anglican congregations. This building was replaced in 1902 with a new concrete structure. In December 1909, the district was consolidated into Teulon School District.
Among the teachers of Windsor School were James C. Fraser (1881), ? (1882), Nellie English (1883-1884), Bella Courie? (1885), David Gillespie (Spring 1886), Mary McKillop (Fall 1886), T. M. Maguire (Spring 1887), D. McMillan (Fall 1887 - Spring 1888), Hattie R. Black (Fall 1888 - Spring 1889), ? (Fall 1889), Jessie Brown (Spring 1890 - Fall 1891), James T. Hume? (Spring 1892 - Spring 1893), Alberta T. Ham [Haw?] (Fall 1893 - Fall 1894), J. Fred Alexander (Spring 1895- Fall 1901), ? (1902-1904, records not available), Bertha C. McKivor (Spring 1905 - Fall 1906), Mary Van Springstein (Spring-Fall 1907), James Ogel Beckstead (January-November 1908 & Spring 1909), Roberta A. Anderson (November-December 1908 & Fall 1909), Lyley Eleanor Browne (?-?), Peter Robert Loutit (?-?), Sam Cameron (?-?), and Mrs. James Clifford (?-?).
“Board of Education,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 6 May 1880, page 1.
“Dundas,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 25 May 1881, page 1.
“Dundas,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 6 October 1881, page 3.
“Rockwood Council,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 30 September 1882, page 3.
“City & Country [A motion will be introducted at the next meeting of the Windsor School Board ...],” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 3 August 1893, page 6.
“Sudden death at Stonewall [At a special meeting of the Rockwood Council a bylaw was passed ...],” Manitoba Free Press, 11 December 1909, page 3.
Death registration [Lyley Eleanor Gunn], Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Windsor School District No. 96 Daily Registers, GR2045, Archives of Manitoba.
Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.
100 Years of History, Rockwood Municipality by the Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.
We thank Judith Gunn for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 21 November 2022