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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deerwood School No. 926 (Deerwood, RM of Thompson)

The Deerwood School District was established formally in September 1897 and a one-room wood frame schoolhouse was later erected on the southwest corner of 20-5-7W in the Rural Municipality of Thompson. It was eventually replaced by a structure that operated until January 1959 when it closed. The remaining students went to Altamont Consolidated School No. 115. A commemorative marker for the former school commemorates it.

Among the teachers who worked at Deerwood School were George Shea (1898), Robert McClelland (1899), Allie M. Stevenson (1900, 1902), J. V. Fraser (1901), Nellie Young (1902), Ezra Moodie (1903), Zella Collins (1903), Ed S. Munro (1904), Nellie Duncan (1904), Jessie McDonald (1905), Nellie Croseley (1906), Alice Brownlow (1906-1908, 1911), M. S. Guthrie (1908-1909), Edna H. Fields (1909-1910), Florence L. Fairley (1912-1913), Emma Hickey (1914), Gladys Berry (1915-1916), S. J. Binning (1916), Beula M. Swain (1917), Hazel I. Miner (1918-1919), N. Gowanlock (1919-1920), Susie McDowell (1920-1921), Edith Snider (1921-1923), Mary Armitage (1923), H. B. Edwards (1924), J. P. Sigvaldason (1924), William Schultz (1925), Miss Lang (1925-1926), Miss Gillespie (1926-1927), Jessie McGregor (1927-1929), Elva Storey (1929-1930), Lillian Hoover (1930-1932), James A. Fraser (1932-1933), Frank Morrison (1934-1935), S. A. Morris (1937), Nellie Roth (1937-1938), Miss Perry (1938-1940), Miss Richmond (1940-1941), G. M. Peterson (1941-1942), Miss Gray (1942), Audrey Lowrey (1943), Thomas Connolly (1943-1944), Enid Havard (1944-1945), M. Hodgson (1945-1947), Ruth Kennedy (1947-1949), Lessie Sawchuk (1949), Janet Homick (1949-1950), and Mrs. Roby (1950-1951).

Deerwood School

Deerwood School (no date) by A. J. Manning
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 24.

Deerwood School monument with the former community hall in the background

Deerwood School monument with the former community hall in the background (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Deerwood Community Hall

The former Deerwood Community Hall (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site of the former Deerwood School building

Site of the former Deerwood School building (July 2016)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.39933, W98.38493
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.

Miami & R. M. of Thompson Chronicles by Thompson History Book Committee, c1998. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.M50Mia]

We thank Ina Bramadat and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 June 2021

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