Historic Sites of Manitoba: Altamont School No. 115 (Altamont, Municipality of Lorne)

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Formerly situated east of this site and known as Mussellboro School, the first two-room Altamont School was built in 1902, where Altamont Park is now (about N49.40040 W98.49284), in Altamont in what is now the Municipality of Lorne. In 1924, a two-room addition was made and, in 1958, upon consolidation with Deerwood School No. 926, Victory School No. 1143, and Sylvan School No. 1379, the Sylvan classroom was brought here to become a fifth classroom. It was later added to the United Church, which eventually became a library. The school building was torn down in 1961-1962 and the bell was salvaged for use on a monument commemorating the school and its teachers.





S. Shannon


Walter Gard Jose (1878-1948)


Doris M. Head


John Blain Stewart (1882-?)


Clifford George Williamson (1904-2002)


Peter S. Buhr (?-?)


James Alexander “Jim” Fraser (1912-1988)


Oliver Clayton Bricker (1900-1992)


Roland Gustaf Quarnstrom (1914-1989)


Kenneth Donald Bruce (1892-1968)


George Oswald Hinds (1906-1969)


Arnold Marshall Leech (1911-1998)


Willard Ervin Rife (1890-1970)


William Bock


John Franklin Morrison (1910-1984)




Catherine Joyce Madill Orchard (1928-2021)


Among the teachers who worked at Altamont School were John M. Sturk, Mary Armitage, and Dorothy Irene Madill Hudson.

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of Altamont School, situated at N49.40040 W98.49284

Postcard view of Altamont School, situated at N49.40040 W98.49284 (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0080

The enlarged Altamont School building

The enlarged Altamont School building (after 1924) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 37.

Altamont School commemorative monument

Altamont School commemorative monument (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Altamont School commemorative monument

Altamont School commemorative monument (September 2023)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.39774, W98.49631
denoted by symbol on the map above


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Aerial view of Altamont, 17 May 1944,” Charles J. Gingras collection #159, Archives of Manitoba.

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 Nathan Kramer and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 March 2024

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