Historic Sites of Manitoba: Otter Lake School No. 2265 (Municipality of Clanwilliam-Erickson)

The Otter Lake School District was established formally in July 1935 and a one-room schoolhouse operated on the northeast quarter of 10-18-18 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of Clanwilliam-Erickson. It closed in January 1965 and remaining students went to Erickson Consolidated School No. 2405. The school building remains on the site as a private residence.

Among the teachers of Otter Lake School were Elsie Hall (1940-1941), Lenore Gusdal (1941-1942), Mrs. Helen Hunt (1942-1943), Florence Hillstrand (1943-1944), Aileen Lee (1944-1945), Irene McGorman (1945-1946), Wilda Carlson (1946-1959), May Horwood (1959-1961), Mrs. Annette Lett and Mary Duncan (1961-1962).

Former Otter Lake School building

Former Otter Lake School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 238.

Otter Lake School commemorative monument

Otter Lake School commemorative monument (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53555, W99.86338
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Otter School No. 411 (Municipality of Brenda-Waskada)


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.

Forest to Field: Centennial History of Rural Municipality of Clanwilliam and Village of Erickson, Manitoba, Canada by Clanwilliam History Book Committee, 1984, page 160.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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