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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Deseronto School No. 911 (Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone)

The Deseronto School District was incorporated in 1897. The first school was located on the northwest quarter of 13-16-12 west of the Principal Meridian, in what is now the Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone. It closed in 1947. In 1957, it was moved to NE13-16-12W, remodelled and reopened. The school district was dissolved in 1966. A monument was erected at the site in 1992 on the original site and dedicated to the pioneers, students, teachers, and trustees of Deseronto School.

Among the teachers of Deseronto School were Hugh McLaughlin (1907-1912), Maude McGowan (1913), Ida M. Rice (1913-1914, 1923-1924), C. A. Campbell (1915), B. McEachern (1916), Theo. L. P. Sweet (1917-1918), Alvine F. Thomas (1918), Bessie A. M. MacLean (1919), Elizabeth Stewart (1920-1921, 1922), Marjorie J. Fraser (1921), Annie R. Mitchell (1923), L. Gertrude Heide (1924-1925), Agnes Charlotte Thomson (1926-1927), Annie L. Thompson (1927-1929), Alice Elizabeth Marshall (1929-1930), Nellie Irene Roth (1930-1933), Margaret Elizabeth Wilkinson (1933-1937), Margaret Jean Kennedy (1937-1940), Inez R. Abbott (1940-1941), Olive Grace O‘Donnell (1941-1944), Daisy Brydon Switzer (1945-1946), Josephine Gwyer (1946-1947), Dorothy Myrtle Blair (1957-1958), Jean Elizabeth Murdoch (1958-1960), Gloria Geraldine Melnyk Zurbyk (1960-1961), Carol Mae Cason (1961-1962), Carol E. Sundmark (1962-1963), Helen Rose Loewen (1963-1965), and Mabel Ida Ettrie Lambert Sollner (1965-1966)

Deseronto School

Deseronto School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 21.

Deseronto School commemorative monument

Deseronto School commemorative monument (September 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.37308, W98.99808
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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Deseronto School District No. 911 Daily Registers, GR3152, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 February 2021

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