Historic Sites of Manitoba: Island School No. 2105 (Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)

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The Island School District was established in June 1923 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE32-22-3E in what is now the Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton. In 1966, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Arborg Consolidated School District and later the Evergreen School Division. A commemorative sign remains at the former school site.


Among the teachers of Island School were Vigdis Ingibjorg Sigurdson (Fall 1938 - Spring 1945, Fall 1950 - Spring 1954), Margaret S. Sivgaldason (Fall 1945 - Spring 1946), Vordis Fridfinnsson (Fall 1946 - Spring 1947), Jona Erickson (Fall 1947), Elizabeth Funk (Spring 1948), Miss D. Dykun (Fall 1948 - Spring 1949), Sigurros H. Vidal (Fall 1949 - Spring 1950), Gladys Wilhelmina Spring (Fall 1954 - Spring 1955), Christine Mabel Sigvaldason (Fall 1955 - Spring 1956), Lorraine Bernice Martin (Fall 1956 - Spring 1957), Gladys Mae Eastman (Fall 1957 - Spring 1958), Josephine Irma Gislason (Fall 1958 - Spring 1962), and Brian Clifford Thorarinson (Fall 1962 - Spring 1963).




Emily Jacqueline Orzech (grades 1-8)


Jeanne Marie Lupyrypa (grades 1-4), Shirley Diane Obach (grades 5-8 at Laufas School No. 1211)


Kristinn Sigursteinn “Kris” Gudmundson (grades 1-6)


Florence Dora Lisowik (grades 1-6)

Photos & Coordinates

Island School

Island School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 95.

Island School commemorative sign

Island School commemorative sign (May 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.93478, W97.14489
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Laufas School No. 1211 (Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton)


Arborg topographic map, 62I/14, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Island School District No. 2105 - Daily Registers, GR6124, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 23 November 2023

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