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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ochre River School No. 919 (Ochre River, RM of Lakeshore)

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The Ochre River School District was organized formally in October 1897 and a log school building was erected in Ochre River in what is now the Rural Municipality of Lakeshore. It was soon replaced, in 1899, by a wood frame structure which served until around 1908 when a two-storey, two-classroom school was built. Three classrooms were added to it in 1948. Shortly afterward, high students began to be bused to Dauphin. The school has since been replaced by the present structure. A commemorative monument, topped with a metal model of the earlier school building, was erected in July 1987.





David Smith Tod (1870-1937)


Robert William Dunlop (1876-?)


Louis Erwin “Lewis” Gendron (1896-1973)


Sidney Irvine Mott (1871-?)


William Nelson “Nels” Harvey (1907-2004)


Marie M. Evans


Arthur A. Foster


Edward Marshall Maguire (1915-2005)


Melvin G. Pipe


William George Cooper (1911-1983)


Ernest Carl Single (c1923-2010)


Cecil Victor Gunn (1894-?)


Marie Barton


Nicholas Yarish (1924-2012)


Jan Kup


Abe L. Petkau


Steve Onyschak


Julius Skublen




Barry McLachlan


Among the early teachers of Ochre River School were Mr. Broadfoot (1898), Anna Switzer, Mamie Sparrow (1938), Gladys Birnie (1938), Margot Richter (1938), E. V. Archibald (1938), H. Atkin (1938), Bernice G. Hearn, Miss Gillespie, Miss Reed, Kathleen Code Simpson, Edith King Marsh, and Paul Hiebert.

School Year



Mrs. Josephine Allen, Mrs. Marie Barton, Morris Bohonus, Miss Mabel Geisel, George Pavlin


Mrs. Josephine Allen, Morris Bohonus, Miss Mavis Fox, Michael Kotyluk, George Pavlin


Mrs. Josephine Allen, Joseph Tysarski, Mrs. Violet Tysarski, Alice Watt


Mrs. Josephine Allen, Shirley Allen, Joseph Tysarski, Mrs. Violet Tysarski


Mrs. Josephine Allen, Shirley Allen, Waldy Humeniuk, Mrs. Verna King


Miss Edna Giesbrecht, Mrs. Verna King, Julius Skublen, Mrs. Rosa Solomon


Miss Edna Giesbrecht, Mrs. Verna King, Mrs. Rosa Solomon






Miss Mary Aitken, Mrs. Wilma McLennon


Mrs. Wilma McLennon, Mrs. Mary Quick


Mrs. Audrey Houston, Margaret Morgan

Photos & Coordinates

Ochre River School

Ochre River School (no date) by H. J. Everall
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 23.

Ochre River School commemorative monument

Ochre River School commemorative monument (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.06248, W99.77709
denoted by symbol on the map above


“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

“Teaching staffs named for “A” and “B” groups,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 9 September 1954, page 1.

“Record-breaking enrollments expected here in collegiate, elementary schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 1 September 1955, page 1.

“All-time high enrollments expected for town schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 30 August 1956, page 1.

“Town schools open today, high enrollments expected,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 29 August 1957, page 1.

“Total of 110 teachers assigned to schools in Dauphin-Ochre area,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 4 September 1958, pages 1, 6.

“Teaching staffs assigned to rural, village schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 3 September 1959, page 1.

“26 rural schools start fall term classes Tuesday,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 31 August 1960, page 4.

“Teaching staff for area schools increases to 132 for opening 1963-64 term,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 21 August 1963, page 1.

“All area schools open classes next Tuesday, 131 on teaching staffs,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 26 August 1964, page 1.

“All schools in area open classes Sept. 1 – 133 on teaching staffs,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 25 August 1965, page 1, 8.

Between Mountain and Lake: A History of Ochre River Rural Municipality, 1885-1970 by Ochre River Women’s Institute History Committee, Neepawa: The Neepawa Press, 1970, pages 25-28.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer and Lois Braun for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 August 2020

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