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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deepdale School No. 2101 (Deepdale, Municipality of Roblin)

The Deepdale School District was established in October 1922 and, in February 1923, a debenture of $3,000 issued to purchase and equip a schoolhouse. Rather than build new, the district instead purchased the former Carronbrook School. The one-room school was towed via eight teams of horses into the village of Deepdale (SW13-27-29W) in what is now the Municipality of Roblin. Located at the top the hillside which backdropped the community, the structure was further enlarged.

Around May 1956, the district issued an $8,000 debenture to build a new schoolhouse, which was built slightly to the southeast of where the first school was. The original school building was sold in 1957 to the Roblin Board of Trade in 1957, moved to Roblin, and later re-sold to Nick Ratushny converted into a house. Deepdale School closed in the summer of 1965. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Goose Lake Consolidated School District and later the Intermountain School Division.

Among the teachers of Deepdale School were Alice Anderson (Spring 1923 - Spring 1926, later married to J. S. Ward), Agnes C. Spencer (Fall 1926), Wilfred Morris (Spring 1927 - Spring 1928), Miss McMunn (?-?, one term), Charles Ward (two terms), Lorne W. Merrell (three terms), John Ward (?-1936), Evelyn Church (3 years), Kenneth Woodrow James Pomeroy (2 years), Lyall Robertson (pt one term), Verna Pennycock (pt one term), Corwena Roberts (pt one term), Katherine Boyce (November 1941 - June 1948), Joyce Beatrice Eslinger (one year), Archie Goodbun (1950-1951), Julius Skublen (Fall 1951 - Spring 1952), Metro Michalchuk (Fall 1952 - Spring 1953), Mary Edith Livingstone (Fall 1953 - Spring 1955 & Fall 1959 - Spring 1965), Willene [Millene?] Mary Johnston (Fall 1955 Spring 1956), and Mabel Melita Ruf Krantz (Fall 1956 - Spring 1959).

Deepdale School

Deepdale School (no date) by R. J. MacKenzie
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 94.

The second Deepdale School as seen along the skyline, left of the Deepdale Grain Elevator

The second Deepdale School as seen along the skyline, left of the Deepdale Grain Elevator (1964)
Source: Archives of Manitoba photograph collection, Deepdale, P1141, N33312.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.30952, W101.41852
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wyndham School No. 1251 (Municipality of Roblin)


Angling Lakes West topographic map, 62N/6 West, Edition 2, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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.

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Deepdale School District No. 2101, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Corporate Security registered documents (ATG 0089), #47 School District of Deepdale, GR12576, Archives of Manitoba.

School division borrowing files (MA 0038), Deepdale School District No. 2101, GR1798, Archives of Manitoba.

History of the Districts of the Roblin Community as Compile for the 50th Anniversary Held July 21-26, 1963, Deepdale Section pages 1-9 [PDF pages 24-32]. University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 June 2023

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