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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hola School No. 889 (RM of Argyle)

The Hola School District was established formally in June 1896, named for the Icelandic word for hills and, in the spring of 1897, a one-room school building and barn were erected on the southwest corner of 1-6-14 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. Classes began in June 1897, with 53 students enrolled. The school closed in June 1953 when enrollment dropped below 8 students and its remaining ones went to Baldur Consolidated School No. 889. The district was dissolved in January 1960. The building sits behind a commemorative cairn erected on 28 June 1987.

Hola School

Hola School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 17.

The former Hola School building

The former Hola School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Hola School building

Interior of the former Hola School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Hola School commemorative monument

Hola School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Closeup of the Hola School plaque

Closeup of the Hola School plaque (June 2013)
Source: Jean McManus

Site Location (lat/long): N49.44434, W99.24138
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Baldur District Schools (RM of Argyle)


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.

We thank Jean McManus and Tighe McManus for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2018

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