Historic Sites of Manitoba: Little Souris School No. 227 (RM of Cornwallis)

The Little Souris School District was organized formally in November 1884 and a wood frame, one-room schoolhouse was erected at SE15-9-19W in the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis. The district became part of the Brandon School Division in 1967 and the school closed. The building was demolished around 1986. A monument at the site commemorates it.

The teachers of Little Souris School were Kate Shillinglaw (1884), Richard Earl (1885), Hannah Leslie (1885), Mina Winter (1886), Charles Traill (1887), Jessie Glendenning (1888), Lucy Dulmage (1889), Jennie Cunningham (1890), Miss Bride, Miss Symes, Miss Glendenning, Annie Arnott, Mr. T. L. Arnott, Miss Murray, Olive Arnott, Miss Barton, Miss Wilson (1897-1900), Del Wheaton, Bessie Sharman, Maude Teeple, Miss Smith, Miss Guy, John Morrison, Maude Tingley, Eva Banting, Ada Courtice, Jessie Stewart, Mabel Simpson, Maude Houston, Edith Cathers (1915), Winnifred Haggerty, Gladys Anderson, Lorna Moore (1918-1919), Margaret Critchley, Eva Roddick, Irma Gilpen, Florence Winn (1925), Ivodell Busby, Jean Fairhall, Anne Noble, Blanche Alexander, Jessie McMillan, Dorothy Kelly, Verna Harper (1937-1938), Myrtle Browton, Edith Dewar, Mrs. J. Paulson, Vera “Dolly” Slator, Mae Ferris, Rose Mund, Verna Davidson, Dorothy Seafoot, Anne Skuce (1950), Edna Jones (1950), Eleanor Rankin, Barbara Thompson, Mrs. Claude Boleyn, Donna Barclay, Muriel Rome (1956), Wendy Neuert, Darleen Mitchell, Mrs. J. Dowsett, Mrs. Cal Szakacs, and Mrs. Sadley Marcinyk (1967).

Little Souris School

Little Souris School (no date) by A. J. Hatcher
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 79.

Little Souris School commemorative monument

Little Souris School commemorative monument (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Little Souris School commemorative monument

Little Souris School commemorative monument (June 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.73930, W99.96211
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.

Municipal Memories by Cornwallis Centennial Committee, circa 1984.

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 David McDowell and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 September 2022

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