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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Woolsery School No. 2017 (Municipality of West Interlake)

The Woolsery School District was established in November 1919 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NW14-24-7W in what is now the Municipality of West Interlake. In 1936, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Woodlea Municipal School District. The original district was re-formed in April 1958 and operated until 1967 it joined the Lakeshore School Division. At the time of a 2016 site visit, only remains of the school’s concrete foundation were visible.

Among the teachers of Woolsery School were Mary Steppler (1920), Marion Y. Dunlop (1920-1921), James F. Heap (1921), I. Sigurgeirson (1922), B. J. Ritter (1922-1923), Susan Hammond (1924), John Haywood (1924-1925), Leslie V. Spear (1925), Myrtle Hanson (1925-1926), Lena I. Wilson (1926-1927), Sara Spicer (1927-1928), Marjorie L. Harper (1928-1931), Florence M. Wilkinson (1931-1932), Abram Peter Janzen (1932-1934), Irene C. F. Vince (1936-1937), Anna Gillespie (1940-1941), Katherine Unruh (1941-1942), Erma Krutz (1942-1943), Gladys Verena Barrett (1943-1944), Lorene Viola Warkentine (1944-1945), Myrtle Louise Marcinkowsky (1946-1947), Jacqueline Townsend (1947-1948), Clayton R. Doak (1948-1949), Betty Lenora Berg (1950-1951), Evelyn Oliver (1951-1952), Bernhard Alfred “Ben” Klassen (1952-1953), Betty L. Eichel (1953-1954), Edith Eleanor Wiens (1954-1955), Dorothy Elfrieda Absteiter (1955-1956), Gwendolyn June Olds (1956-1957), Sharon L. Thompson (1957-1958), George Boychuk (1958-1959), Sigrun H. Johnson (1959-1960), Florence Jacqueline Townsend Richter (1960-1961, 1961-1966), and Mary Jean Irene Gunn (1961).

Foundation for the former Woolsery School building

Foundation for the former Woolsery School building (June 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.08169, W98.34066
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Ashern topographic map, 62O/1, 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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Woolsery School District #2017 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Woolsery School District #2017 Daily Registers, GR3613, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 April 2021

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