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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Helendale School No. 1693 (RM of Coldwell)

The Helendale School District was established in April 1913 and a one-room schoolhouse was built at NW31-20-5W in Rural Municipality of Coldwell. The school was closed sometime after 1959 and the district was dissolved in 1967. Its catchment area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building was sold and moved away to be converted into a workshop. Its concrete foundation and water pump were present at the time of a November 2014 site visit.

Among the teachers who worked at Helendale School through the years were Mr. Scarlet, Mr. Sampson, John Mills, Mr. Powell, J. S. Douglas, Bontina Erlendson, Francis Calhoun, Edward Miskelly, Pearl Langrell, Ruby Hamilton, Miss Graves, Lilly Humiski (Mrs. Fred Kell), Rose Cook, Bernard Froese, Muriel Hewer (Mrs. D. Henrotte), Mrs. Rita Elliot, Rosalie Enns, Mrs. Annie Wiley, K. Bruce, Donald Harder, Mrs. Barnett, Mrs. Louella Erickson, Mrs. K. Breckman, George Henderson, Nadine Dahl, Elizabeth Calwood, Margaret Sayer, and Mike Kazakawick.

Helendale School

Helendale School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 18.

The former Helendale School site

The former Helendale School site (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.77144, W98.15723
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Eriksdale East topographic map, 62J/16 East, Edition 1, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.

Beyond Beginnings by Eriksdale Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, 1996, page 66.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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