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Historic Sites of Manitoba: La Fontaine School No. 1958 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The La Fontaine School District was organized formally in April 1919 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NW20-21-4W in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its catchment area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The school closed in 1967-1968 and the building was converted into a private residence.

Among the teachers of La Fontaine School were Mrs. P. H. L. Martel (1919-1920), Charles Dubé (1920-1923), J. Nosared Paquin (1924-1925), Cecile Simons (1925), N. Deslauriers (1925-1926), Arthur St. Pierre (1926-1927), C. Roland Lauze (1927-1929), Laura J. Desjarlais (1929-1930, 1942-1943, 1944-1945), Miss A. Allard (1930), Mrs. M. E. Dufault (1931), Mathilde Presch (1932), Lucian J. Phaneuf (1932-1933), A. L. Picard (1933), Roderick Louis MacDonald (1934-1936), Mary Longbottom (1936-1939), Mary Bazinet (1939), Elizabeth M. Bennett (1939-1942), Helen Dufresne (1945-1946), Gerard Clavet (1948-1949), Gilbert M. Champagne (1947), Anne E. Senchuk (1947-1948), Yves Jean Rene Le Senn (1948-1949), Constance Emma Alexander (1949), Ellen Mary Berg (1949-1950), Juliette Trudeau (1951-1952), Yolanda M,. Lambert (1952-1953), Alice Marie-Cecile St. Germain (1955-1956), Blanche R. Carbonneau (1956-1957), Evelyn I. Beauchemin (1957-1959), Lily Irene Rushforth (1959, 1960), Leona Rainville (1959), Lorraine Y. Richaud (1959-1960), Margaret Eleanor Taylor (1961-1963), Mary Lynne Dayment (1963-1964), Allen G. Havard (1964-1965), and Donna N. Hedden (1965-1966).

The former La Fontaine School building

The former La Fontaine School building (September 2019)
Source: Christine Loff

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.83080, W97.99331
denoted by symbol on the map above


School District Formation Files [Lafontaine School District No. 1958], GR1688, E0027, 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.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, La Fontaine School District #1958 - Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and Christine Loff.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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