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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Omar School No. 1194 (Municipality of Prairie View)

A metal sign marks the former site of Omar School in what is now the Municipality of Prairie View. Established formally in February 1902, a school building was erected the next year. The district’s name was derived from the first letters of the four families whose children attended the school: O’Callaghan, Mackee, Armstrong, and Ringland. In April 1919, it became part of the Miniota Municipal School District No. 149. By the early 1920s, the building was no longer in use so it was moved in 1923 to Isabella to become a classroom for Isabella School. It was known as the “Tin School” because of its exterior metal sheathing. When the Isabella School was demolished in 1954, the Tin School was renovated into a residence for former elevator agent Harry M. Levins.

Omar School commemorative sign

Omar School commemorative sign (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.21098, W100.96589
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Isabella School No. 1333 (Isabella, Municipality of Prairie View)

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.

Rural Reflections, Volume 2: 1879-1982 by Isabella History Committee, 1982, pages 134, 279.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2019

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