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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Woodnorth Consolidated School No. 1533 (Woodnorth, RM of Pipestone)

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The Woodnorth School District was established formally in April 1910, with a one-room frame schoolhouse constructed in the village of Woodnorth, in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone. In May 1918, it became Woodnorth Consolidated School No. 1533 when it consolidated with Daybreak School No. 376 and Retloc School No. 1908.

As student enrollment rose, the original classroom was supplemented by two more so, by the time the school was in its heyday, it comprised three classrooms. During the 1960s, with the closure of rural schools in the surrounding area, Mayville School No. 375 and Elm Valley School No. 869, their students were sent to Woodnorth. The school closed in 1968 and the district was dissolved in 1970. A commemorative monument was erected in 1995 beside the former school building, which was stripped of its brick veneer in 1990.





William Stanley “Bill” Lockhart (1896-1978)


James B. Smalley


Joseph Edwin Murphy (1897-1973)


John Samuell Dickison (1906-1995)


James Cameron Martin (1910-1982)




Frederick Adam Hodgkinson (1912-2004)


Oliver Clayton Bricker (1900-1992)




Jessie M. Hannah




B. Danylchuk


Alma Elaine [Eileen] Newton Carnochan (1922-2011)


C. W. Allen




Dalton J. Burke


Among the teachers at Woodnorth School were Miss Sylvia Cuthbert (1968) and Mrs. Mildred Harkness (?-1968).

Photos & Maps

The original Woodnorth School

The original Woodnorth School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 135.

The former Woodnorth School

The former Woodnorth School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1036.

Front exterior of Woodnorth School, with brick veneer removed

Front exterior of Woodnorth School, with brick veneer removed (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Rear exterior of Woodnorth School showing the original classroom

Rear exterior of Woodnorth School showing the original classroom (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the original Woodnorth School classroom

Interior of the original Woodnorth School classroom (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Woodnorth School monument

Woodnorth School monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.73276, W101.08074
denoted by symbol on the map above


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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.

Trails Along the Pipestone by Pipestone History Project, c1981, page 724. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.P56 Tra]

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

The Sequel to Trails Along the Pipestone, RM Pipestone History Committee, 2008, page 38.

We thank David Harkness and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 December 2017

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