Historic Sites of Manitoba: Freedale School No. 1622 (RM of Lakeshore)

The Freedale School District was organized formally in April 1912 and, in May 1919, a 20- by 28-foot schoolhouse was erected at this site in what is now the Rural Municipality of Lakeshore. In 1936, the district became part of the Lawrence Municipal School District. After the school closed permanently, the former school building was converted into a community hall. It was still standing at the time of a 2012 site visit.

Among the teachers of Freedale School were Miss C. McQuarrie (1919), Miss Rodin (1921), Miss H. Anderson (1922), Pearl Nicole (1922), Madeleine Pennarun (1942-1943), Doris Laycock (1945-1946), Eva Zamrykut (1948-1949), Hope Zachedniak (1952-1953), Martin Boyechko (1953-1954), Victoria Panagapka (1954-1955), Tony Semchyshyn (1955-1956), Elmer Beyak (1956-1957), Ernest Kolsun (1957-1958), Carmel Korotash (1958-1961), Barbara Pitura (1961-1963), James Woods (1964-1965), and Magdaline McKinnon (1965-1967).

Freedale School

Freedale School (no date) by R. M. Stevenson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 5.

Former Freedale School building

Former Freedale School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 578.

Former Freedale School building

Former Freedale School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.36251, W99.60987
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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Opening the Door - The Past Comes Alive, The History of the Rural Municipality of Lawrence by Lawrence Municipality History Committee, 1997, pages 81-82.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 January 2021

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