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Manitoba History No. 89
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No. 89

War Memorials in Manitoba
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This Old Elevator
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Abandoned Manitoba
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Memorable Manitobans
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Historic Sites of Manitoba
Historic Sites
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wilford School No. 1178 (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

The Wilford School District was established in February 1902 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE15-24-21W in what is now the Municipality of Gilbert Plains. The original wood frame school building was destroyed by fire on 1 September 1933 and a new, two-classroom structure replaced it. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Intermountain School Division. The former school building was sold and moved to a nearby farm where it was converted into a hog barn. A sign marks the school’s original location.

Wilford School

The original Wilford School building, destroyed in 1933 (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 72.

Wilford School

The second, two-classroom Wilford School building (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 72.

Wilford School

The second, two-classroom Wilford School building (no date) by H. L. Albright
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 72.

Wilford School commemorative sign

Wilford School commemorative sign (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.07501, W100.32094
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Two-roomed school near Gilbert Plains is burned,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1933, page 3.

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.

Country Schools of Gilbert Plains by Barry Randell, 2006.

We thank Ed Arndt and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2017

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