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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Verona School No. 409 (RM of Arthur)

The Verona School District was formed in July 1885. Debentures were issued to finance the construction of a school building on the northeast quarter of 16-2-26 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Arthur. The first classes began in April 1886. In 1897, the school was moved to 15-1-26W. A new building was constructed at the same site in 1918, featuring a full basement, coal room, store room, cistern, and indoor toilet. In addition to supporting the educational activities of the district, the school also served as a community centre for church services, socials, and meetings.

The school closed in January 1958 and became part of Waskada Consolidated School No. 492. In August 1982, a commemorative cairn was erected at the site, near the former school building, which was still standing as of October 2011. It became a municipally designated historic site in August 2000.

Noteworthy students who attended Verona School included municipal official Roger Goethals.

Verona School

The original Verona School (circa 1911)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspector Photos GR2664, C65.

Verona School

The second Verona School, built in 1918 (no date) by George Hunter
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 44.

Verona School

The former Verona School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 113.

Verona School

The former Verona School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 112.

Verona School

The former Verona School building and monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Verona School

Rear exterior of the former Verona School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Verona School

Interior of the former Verona School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Verona School

Basement of the former Verona School building (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Approximate Site Location (lat/long): N49.13201, W100.88705
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

Our First Century, Town of Melita and Municipality of Arthur: 1884-1984 by Melita-Arthur History Committee, 1983, Manitoba Legislative Library F5648.A78, page 259.

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.

Verona School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2013

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