Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nord School No. 1483 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The Nord School District was established formally in March 1909 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE16-22-6W, on land donated by J. O. Nord for whom the school was named, in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building burned in 1978. Its concrete foundation remains at the site along with a commemorative sign.

Among the teachers of Nord School were Lena Thorvilson (1909), Margaret J. Sigurdson (1909), Frank E. Kellberg (1912), George MacLeod Georfe? (1913), Joseph Agius (1913), D. B. Binkley (1914), R. H. Riddle (1914), Alex S. Corrigill (1915), Georgina Gillanders (1918), Nan Gowanlock (1918-1919), Clarence E. Maddin (1921), Harry B. Hunter (1922), Lucy Slaughter (1922-1924), Nora M. Gair (1925), Jentie M. Robb (1926), Lucy Evaline Mills (1926-1927), Mary Louise Rixon (1927-1928), Elizabeth Elsie Swan (1928-1930), Ethel Christine Johnson (1930-1932), Gytha Olafsdottir Hallson (1932-1934), Ann Kenny (1934), Nettie Ida Zaidman (1934-1935), Emma Pauline Fersyth (1937-1938), Emma Louisa (1939-1940), Audrey Viola Cline (1940-1941), Martha Lemonson (1946-1947), Nena Wilfreda Haacke (1949-1950), Ellen Maria Berg (1950-1951), Eleanor K. Rostek (1951-1952), Mary Toews (1952-1953), Fjola Lorraine Finnson (1953-1954), Baldrun Johnson (1954-1955), Odalheidur Ethel Vigfusson (1955-1956), Joyce Hertzog (1956-1957), Mr. M. Zolkewich (1957-1958), Janice E. Olsson Appleyard (1958-1959), Anne Dueck (1959-1960), Peter Mikolayenko (1960-1961), Agnes Christine Jonasson (1961-1962), Kristin S. Benedictson (1962-1963), and Ruth Bruce (1963-1965).

Nord School

Nord School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 125.

Concrete foundation for the former Nord School building

Concrete foundation for the former Nord School building (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Nord School commemorative sign

Nord School commemorative sign (November 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Nord School commemorative sign

Nord School commemorative sign (November 2023)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.90374, W98.22776
denoted by symbol on the map above


Eriksdale East topographic map, 62J/16 East, Edition 1, 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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Nord School District No. 1483 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

Beyond Beginnings by Eriksdale Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, 1996, pages 69-70.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 13 January 2024

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