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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Marsden School #2 No. 1247 (Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester)

Marsden School #2 was established as a result of work by School Inspector George Hunter to ensure that students unable to get to Marsden School #1 would be accommodated. Built of logs in 1938, the structure was later sided with lumber to improve its warmth in winter. It was attended primarily by Metis children living in the forests around Lake Metigoshe, in what is now the Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester. The school closed in June 1966, with students going to Deloraine School, but the building continued to be used for some time as a community centre and hall. At the time of a 2011 site visit, the building was privately owned but appeared abandoned. It was subsequently moved near Lake Dromore and renovated into a summer cabin.

Teachers at Marsden School #2 through the years included the following: Syd Morris, Harry Ferguson, Mrs. Attenberg, Nick Symenchuk, Mr. Kerlock, Mr. Boychuk, Mr. Marsh, Mrs. Brown, Jim Rea, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Hoevie, Arnie Shareski, Morgan Brown, Henry Giesbrecht, Henry Schellenberg, Mrs. La Haye, Irene Patterson Nelson, Marg Fehr, Tom Edwards, and Arla Giesbrecht.

The former Marsden School #2 building at its original site

The former Marsden School #2 building at its original site (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Marsden School #2 building at its present site

The former Marsden School #2 building at its present site (July 2018)
Source: Leah Cann

The former Marsden School #2 building at its present site

The former Marsden School #2 building at its present site (July 2018)
Source: Leah Cann

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.01379, W100.34369
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Marsden School No. 1, Turtle Mountain - Souris Plains Heritage Association

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Marsden School #1 No. 1247 (Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester)

Sources:

Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

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.

Deloraine Scans a Century: 1880-1980 by Deloraine History Book Committee, 1980, pages 142-143.

We thank Leah Cann for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 May 2020

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