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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oak Ridge School No. 328 (RM of Killarney-Turtle Mountain)

The Oak Ridge School District was established formally in June 1885, and a school building was erected the next year on the southeast quarter of 18-3-17 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Rural Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain. It closed in 1964 and the remaining students went to Killarney School No. 252. The school building is no longer on the site but a fieldstone monument, erected in 1975, commemorates it. Nearby is a concrete picnic table placed here in memory of Dolores L. Mitchell, the last teacher of Oak Ridge School, by her husband Jack and family, with sponsorship of the Oak Ridge Women’s Institute.

Among the teachers of Oak Ridge School was Aquila Bate (1885).

Oak Ridge School

Oak Ridge School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Districts - Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge School monument dedication ceremony

Oak Ridge School monument dedication ceremony (20 July 1975)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Districts - Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge School commemorative monument

Oak Ridge School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.20814, W99.74352
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Reflections: Turtle Mountain Municipality and Killarney, 1882-1982, page 112.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 January 2021

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