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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Island Lake School No. 1530 / Abbeville School No. 1530 (Municipality of West Interlake)

Known originally as the Island Lake School District when it was organized formally May 1910, the name was changed to Abbeville in October 1917. A one-room schoolhouse operated at SW5-21-4W in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. Only the concrete foundation of the former school building remains at the site.

Among the teachers of Abbeville School were Sydonnie? Joyal (1914-1915), Celine Peloquin (1915), Nora Zotyna (1916), Blanche Trudel (1917), Anna C. Charette (1917, 1918), Leopold Leveque (1918), Lea Robert (1919), Joseph A. Desharnais (1919), Meralda Cote (1919-1920), Odile Belliveau (1921-1922), Emilien Leveque (1922), Mary Jessie Rankin (1922-1923), R. Van den Hauten (1923), Laura Jerome (1924-1926), Beatrice Desautels (1926-1927), Eleanor Zaste (1928-1930), Maria Lapointe (1930-1931), Anna Toupin (1931-1932), Helen F. Neil (1932-1936), Veronica Elizabeth Kelly (1936-1938), Clara E. Dier (1938), Blanche Albertine Cyrenne (1938-1940), Henriette Olga Tomchuk (1940-1942), Pauline Rita Pilon (1942-1943), Mary Bazinet (1943-1944), Simone Therese Deshauhuiers? (1944-1945), Theresa Yvette Rivard (1945-1946), Evelyn Mary Rodway (1946-1947), Laura Desjarlais (1947-1963), Louise Agnes Lane (1963-1964), Ellen Olga Taylor (1964-1965), I. C. Girardin (1965), Dora Alice Inez Osterbeck (1965-1966, 1967-1968), and Sharon Gail Hoffman (1967).

Abbeville School

Abbeville School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 134.

Site of the former Abbeville School building

Site of the former Abbeville School building (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.77236, W97.98728
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Island Lake School District #1530 - Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Abbeville School District #1530 - Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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