Historic Sites of Manitoba: Zion Congregational Church / Poplar Grove Cemetery / Zion District Pioneers Monument (RM of Oakview)

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In 1888, a Congregational church was built at this site in what is now the Rural Municipality of Oakview, prior to which services had been held in the homes of local residents. United in 1922 with congregations at Moline and Cardale, the building was enlarged in 1927 and put on a basement foundation. Closed and sold in 1952, it was moved to Rivers where it became the Zion Pentecostal Church. The foundation of the former church was still visible at the time of a 2014 site visit.

A stone cairn built by Arthur Gill of Brandon and dedicated in 1959 commemorates residents of this area. An honour roll for church parishioners killed during military service in the First World War is displayed at the Cardale United Church.





Rev. Henry Kenner


N. D. Peters


Rev. T. B. Baynon


T. W. Davies


T. R. Howarth


J. W. Runnions


Thomas Neville


C. W. Finch


W. R. Huges


W. G. Wilson


F. W. Conn


H. A. Hooper


Rev. Arthur Lavedar


Rev. George Lord


Rev. A. W. Churchill

Photos & Coordinates

Zion district pioneers monument

Zion district pioneers monument (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Foundation of former church at the site

Foundation of former church at the site (August 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.17538, W100.27833
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cardale Methodist Church / Zion United Church / Cardale United Church (Cardale, RM of Oakview)


75th Anniversary History of Blanshard Municipality, Volume 1, 1959.

A list of burials in this cemetery is available from the Manitoba Genealogical Society, including a searchable online database available to members at the MGS Manitoba Name Index (MANI). Some additional information is contained in the 1996 MGS publication Carved in Stone: Manitoba Cemeteries and Burial Sites, revised edition, Special Projects Publication, 106 pages.

We thank David Ford for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 November 2020

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