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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Willowdale School No. 309 (Purves, Municipality of Louise)

The Willowdale School District was established formally in 1884, and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW15-2-10W in Purves, in what is now the Municipality of Louise. The school closed in 1966 and its catchment area became part of the Snowflake Consolidated School District No. 1111. A commemorative monument is situated at its former site.

Among the teachers of Willowdale School were Jack Isaak and Edith Arvilla May Elson.

Willowdale School

Willowdale School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 20.

Willowdale School

Willowdale School (1964)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey, Purves.

Willowdale School commemorative monument

Willowdale School commemorative monument (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.12559, W98.72378
denoted by symbol on the map above


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 Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Ed Grassick and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2020

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