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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Drifting River School No. 915 (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

The Drifting River School District was organized in November 1897 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at the midway point of E31-26-21W in what is now the Municipality of Gilbert Plains. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Brickburn Consolidated School District and, later, the Intermountain School Division. The former school building is no longer present there, having been moved to the Selo Ukraina site south of Dauphin.

Among the teachers of Drifting River School was Mary Hamilton.

Drifting River School

Drifting River School (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 22.

The former Drifting River School building

The former Drifting River School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 438.

The former Drifting River School building

The former Drifting River School building (August 1987)
Source: Ed Arndt

The former Drifting River School building

The former Drifting River School building (August 1987)
Source: Ed Arndt

The former Drifting River School building at Selo Ukraina

The former Drifting River School building at Selo Ukraina (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.29506, W100.39235
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.

Country Schools of Gilbert Plains by Barry Randell, 2006.

We thank Ed Arndt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2020

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