Historic Sites of Manitoba: Camper School No. 1414 (RM of Coldwell)
The Camper School District was established in the late 1800s, named in commemoration of Roman Catholic Father Camper who came to the St. Laurent area in 1866. A one-room schoolhouse operated at NE2-20-6W in the Minnewakan area in the Rural Municipality of Coldwell. The school was relocated when most of the French population of the area moved away. A designated school section at 11-20-6W was deemed to be too low and wet so local resident John Johnson donated two acres of his homestead at SW13-20-6W. A new schoolhouse was built there around 1910. After the school closed permanently in 1967, its area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building was turned into a workshop at NE24-20-6W (about N50.73541, W98.16144).
Among the teachers who worked at Camper School through the years were Miss Goules, Miss Sissy Lee, Ed Miskelly, Annie Connelly, Mr. Small, Hilda Johnson (40 years), J. R. Reid, Douglas R. McColl, A. Gregory, Mary Rak, Ethel Warwyck, Lorne Foster, Janet Semenchuk, Adeline Wilke, Ronald Sawiak, John Erickson, Judy (Danielson) Thorsteinson, Barbara Bull, Carol Einarson, Lillian Kell, Kathleen Funk, and Hilda Hintz.
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.
Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 January 2019
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