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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wilson River School No. 688 (RM of Dauphin)

The Wilson River School District was established in March 1892 and a one-room school operated at SW12-26-20W in the Rural Municipality of Dauphin. In June 1959, the school closed and the district was dissolved. Its catchment area later became part of the Dauphin Ochre School Division.

Among the teachers who worked at Wilson River School through the years were W. J. Wallace, Louis E. Gendron (?-1928), Mrs. Mary McQuay (1954-1958), and Mrs. Isobel Torrie (1958-1959).

Wilson River School

Wilson River School (circa 1917)
Source: Education Department Report, 1917, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Wilson River School

Wilson River School (no date) by R. M. Stevenson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 109.

Wilson River School teacherage

Wilson River School teacherage (no date) by R. M. Stevenson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 109.

Site of the former Wilson River School

Site of the former Wilson River School (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.22926, W100.15616
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Teaching staffs named for “A” and “B” groups,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 9 September 1954, page 1.

“Record-breaking enrollments expected here in collegiate, elementary schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 1 September 1955, page 1.

“All-time high enrollments expected for town schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 30 August 1956, page 1.

“Town schools open today, high enrollments expected,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 29 August 1957, page 1.

“Total of 110 teachers assigned to schools in Dauphin-Ochre area,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 4 September 1958, page 1.

Dauphin East topographic map, 62N/1 East, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

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 Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 28 April 2020

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