Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mary Hill School No. 987 (RM of Coldwell)

The Mary Hill School District was established in January 1899 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW22-19-5W in the Rural Municipality of Coldwell. In 1905, it was replaced by a new structure at the same site. After the school closed in 1964, the building was moved to the Lundar Museum. In 1967, the district became part of the Lakeshore School Division.

Among the teachers who worked at Mary Hill School through the years were Thorvaldur Thorbergur (1899-1903), Fred Gershaw (1906), Freda Harold (1907-1908), Dora Eldon (1908), S. A. Bjarnason (1909), Miss Henby, Lawrence Johannson, Hallgrimur Johnson (1912), S. Emma Johannesson (1912), Sigurlina “Lena” Johnson (1914), Miss Helga I. Arnason (1915-1917), Rannveig D. Thorsteinsson (1917-1918), Hilda Erickson (1919-1921), Holmfridur Salome Einarson (1921), Henry N. Powell (1922), Barney Thordarson (1922-1923), Mary I. Forster (1924), Alexandra Margaret Elinberg “Alla” Brynjolfson Erickson (1924-1927, 1942-1945, 1948-1956), G. W. Burrell (1928), Rose Racklin [Rachlin] (1928), Johannes “John” Eirikson (1929), Lauga A. “Anna” Phippen (1930-1932), Helga Reykdal (1933-1936), Mildred Mary Hackland (1936-1938), Rosa Johnson (1939-1940), Olaf Gudrun Margaret Sigfusson (1941-1942), Valgerdur Jonina Magnusson (1945-1946), Eileen Evelyn Reid (1946-1947), Doreen Breckman (1947-1948), Vivian Johanna Sigurbjorg Magnusson (1956-1957, 1958-1959), Hiram Clark (1957-1958), Leanore Eva Belle Gurney [Guerney] (1959-1960), Marguerite Laidler (1960-1962), Baldwin P. Berg (1962-1963), and Anne Thorkelson (1963-1964).

The noteworthy people who attended Mary Hill School included Bjorn “Bjossi” Stefansson.

Mary Hill School

Mary Hill School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 35.

The former Mary Hill School building at the Lundar Museum

The former Mary Hill School building at the Lundar Museum (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.63973, W98.08734
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lundar Museum (Lundar, RM of Coldwell)


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.

Marriage registrations [Alexandra Mararet Elinberg Brynjolfson Erickson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Mary Hill School District No. 987 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 compiled by Lundar and District Historical Society, 1980.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 10 December 2023

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