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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kola School No. 601 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

The Kola School District was established in May 1889. The following year, a schoolhouse was erected at SE28-10-29W, one-half mile east, two miles south, and one-half mile east of Woodville Cemetery, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth. It was rebuilt three times, in 1900 (after it was demolished by a tornado), 1946 (destroyed by a chimney fire), and 1957 (fire). After the 1946 fire, a replacement was built at NW22-10-29W, on land owned by Eden Burwash Weldon who was Secretary-Treasurer of the district for 18 years. The school closed in 1971.

The Kola School is commemorated by a monument in the Woodville Cemetery, dedicated on 9 July 1995.

Kola School

Kola School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 95.

Kola School commemorative plaque on a monument at Woodville Cemetery

Kola School commemorative plaque on a monument at Woodville Cemetery (September 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.85782, W101.36318
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

A Short History of Kola School No. 601 by Eden Burwash Weldon
Manitoba Pageant, Volume 23, Number 3, Spring 1978

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Woodville Cemetery (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

Sources:

Elkhorn West topographic map, 62F/14 West, 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.

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

Aerial photograph A11041-101 [May 1947], Manitoba Air Photo Library.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 June 2020

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