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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Smalley School No. 1826 (RM of Alonsa)

The Smalley School District was formed on 26 April 1916 by settlers in an area northeast of the railway station at Amaranth, in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa. A one-room frame schoolhouse was erected on NE26-19-10W. Student enrollment following the First World War peaked at 40 but, by 1941 had fallen to such a level that the school was closed temporarily. It reopened with eight students in 1947. The last classes were held in 1962 after which students were bused to Amaranth. The former school building still stands at the site, now converted into a private residence. A commemorative monument nearby was unveiled in 2007.

Smalley School

Smalley School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 53.

Smalley School commemorative monument

Smalley School commemorative monument (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Yard site of the former Smalley School

Yard site of the former Smalley School (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.66833, W98.74324
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Amaranth War Memorial, Schools, and Churches (Amaranth, RM of Alonsa)


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 Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2021

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