Historic Sites of Manitoba: Copley School No. 839 (Municipality of Two Borders)

The Copley School District was established formally in January 1895, named for local homesteader Edward Copley Thompson, and it operated a school in what is now the Municipality of Two Borders. Located initially near S4-1-29W, it was moved to SW16-1-29W in 1931. The school closed in 1956. As of 2012, the building still stands on the site.

Among the teachers who worked at Copley School through the years were Jennie Beveridge (1895), Janet Landreth (1896), Annie Graham (1897), Mary E. McLaren (1898-1899), Allis Baxter (1900), Peter Robert Luotit (1901), Paul W. Winthrope (1902-1903), Miss Dobson (1904), and Ruth Forman (1932).

The former Copley School building

The former Copley School building (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Copley School building

The former Copley School building (September 2021)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the former Copley School building

Interior of the former Copley School building (September 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.02974, W101.31080
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.

Harvests of Time: History of the R.M. of Edward by Edward History Book Committee, 1983, pages 144-146.

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 Rose Kuzina and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 December 2021

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