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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deer Hill School No. 1786 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The Deer Hill District was established formally in April 1915 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at the northwest corner of NW-23-22-5W in what would become the Municipality of West Interlake. Classes were taught locally until the building suffered a fire around April 1939. For a time, students were transported by van to Eriksdale School, until the former Shamrock School was brought to the site. In the early 1940s, this building was also destroyed by fire after which local students were bused to Eriksdale.

Between 1953 to 1955, the district’s catchment area was divided between Nyland School District No. 1525, Eastland School District No. 1658, Eriksdale School District No. 1571, and Woodlea School District No. 1589 (Birch Lake School), with the process completed by November 1955.

Among the teachers who worked at Deer Hill School through the years were George Boyer Poole (Fall 1915 - Fall 1917, Fall 1919 - Spring 1922), N. Campbell (Spring 1918), Mrs. M. Burns (Fall 1918), Miss A. Hart (Fall 1918), Rev. J. P. Smilkemon? (Fall 1918 - Spring 1919), F. G. Ramsay (Spring 1919), Nora Mills (Spring 1922 - Spring 1923, & Spring 1924), Florence Brown (Fall 1923), Margaret Young (Fall 1924), Fred L. Bell (Spring 1925 - Spring 1926), Ingibjorg Hallson (Fall 1926), Bessie B. Olson (Spring 1927), Tannis Norquay (Fall 1927), Miss J. Vryenhoek (Spring 1928), Florence G. Stevens (Fall 1928), Wilbur N. Fee (Spring 1929 - Fall 1929), Hildur E. Sandberg (Spring 1930 & Fall 1932 - Fall 1935), Miss R. Bereskiu? (Fall 1930 - Spring 1932), Annie Elvira Sutherland (Spring 1936 - Spring 1938), and R. F. Ford (Fall 1938 - Spring 1939).

Deer Hill School

Deer Hill School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 35.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.91893, W98.06194
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shamrock School No. 2008 (RM of Grahamdale)


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.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Comptroller-General audit records (A 0146), Deer Hill School District No. 1786 - Daily Register, GR0081, Archives of Manitoba.

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Deer Hill School District No. 1786, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Deer Hill School District No. 1786 - Daily Register, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Deer Hill SD 1786 - Miscellaneous, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.

Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), School District #1786 Deer Hill, GR7883, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1786 - Deerhill - Permanent, GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

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

Office of the Fire Commissioner fire investigation files (L 0009A), Mulvihill - Deer Hill School District No. 1782 and Barn, GR0355, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Deerhill School District No. 18786 - Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

Beyond Beginnings by Eriksdale Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, 1996, page 61.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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