Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clegg School No. 109 (RM of Thompson)

The Clegg School District was established formally in December 1880 and a one-room schoolhouse was built at SE17-4-5W in the Rural Municipality of Thompson, on the homestead of settler William Clegg. In 1893, the building was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Its replacement operated until 1956 when a new building was constructed. The school closed in 1964 and the district was dissolved two years later, with its catchment area added to Miami Consolidated School District and Morden Consolidated School District. The former school building was sold at auction but a metal sign commemorates it at the site.

Among the teachers who worked at Clegg School in the early years were Florence Augusta Harvie (Fall 1881 - Fall 1882, Spring 1885 - Spring 1890), Frank S. Fraser (February-April 1883), Felton Strudwicke [Strudwick] Chapman (April-June 1883), Annie McLennan (January-October 1884), Mary Brommell (1888?), Leonard Wilson (1890-1892), David Alexander Stewart (1893), Henry Johnston (1894-1899), John W. Willow (Spring 1900 - Fall 1901), records not available (Spring 1902 - Fall 1904), Minnie Henderson (1905-1906), Annie B. Couch (1906-1907), Jessamine Carey (1908), Agnes M. Brown (1908-1909), M. Ella DeMills (1909-1910), Annie Milton (1911), Lydia Froggatt (1912), May Anderson (1913), Janet Merile Falconer (1913-1915), J. M. Falconer (Spring 1915), Miranda Orillia Gutzke (1915-1916, mother of Edward Arnold Poyser), K. Mary Mattheson (1916-1917), Marie Davy (1917-1919), Bertha A. Street (1919), Muriel McDonald (1920), and Lillian Davis (1920).

The second Clegg School building

The second Clegg School building (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 35.

Clegg School commemorative sign

Clegg School commemorative sign (September 2018)
Source: Art Peers

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.29622, W98.09246
denoted by symbol on the map above


Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Clegg School District No. 109 - Registers of Attendance, GR2083, Archives of Manitoba.

Miami East topographic map, 62G/8 East, Edition 1, 1960, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

Miami & R. M. of Thompson Chronicles by Thompson History Book Committee, c1998. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.M50Mia]

We thank Art Peers, David Falconer, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 May 2024

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