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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Meridian School No. 438 (RM of Woodlands)

The Meridian School District was established in March 1886, named for its close proximity to the Principal Meridian. A one-room schoolhouse was built at the corner of NW25-15-1W in the Rural Municipality of Woodlands, on land donated by local resident Dougald McArthur. The first teacher was E. W. Montgomery. In 1890, the building was moved to SW30-15-1E and, about 1915, a new school was built at this site, at NW24-15-1W, with the former building being used as a teacherage. It operated until 1959 when it closed permanently. No vestige of the former school remains at the site.

Among the teachers of Meridian School were Edward William Montgomery (1880s) and W. H. Fallis (1897).

Meridian School No. 438

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.29432, W97.48260
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“The Indian famine fund,” Winnipeg Tribune, 4 March 1897, page 4.

Teulon West topographic map, 62I/6 West, Edition 2, 1956, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

100 Years of History: Rockwood Municipality by Rockwood Municipality History, 1982.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 April 2022

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