Oliver School was formally established in November 1914, with a building erected in the northeast quarter of 21-6-13 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Argyle. It closed in 1949 and its students went to Cypress River Consolidated School No. 2357. As of 1986, the school building was being used as a garage at NW17-6-13W. A plaque at the former site of the school lists the teachers who taught there through the years.
Among the teachers who worked at Oliver School were Runa Hallgrimson, Rose Frederickson, Borga Oliver, Lara Solmundson, Dougalda Owens, Helen Garvie, Melissa Lee, Eileen Creighton, Dora Johnson, Grace Cormode, Grace Smith, Reta Christie, Norma Chappell, Emma Olson, Joyce Sigurdson, Eileen Laird, Gladys Myers, and Laura Jones.
Oliver School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 31.
The former Oliver School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 66.
Oliver School commemorative sign (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Closeup of the Oliver School plaque (June 2013)
Source: Jean McManus
Site Location (lat/long): N49.50309, W99.15691
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cypress River Pioneers Monument (RM of Victoria)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Baldur District Schools (Baldur, RM of Argyle)
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.
A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.
We thank Jean McManus, Tighe McManus, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 5 February 2019
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