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Historic Sites of Manitoba: King School No. 1337 (RM of Yellowhead)

The King School District was established formally in November 1907 and, as of the following year, a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE2-18-24W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Yellowhead. The school closed in January 1956 and its remaining students went to Shoal Lake Consolidated School No. 2352. The building was moved to Shoal Lake (N50.43748, W100.58610) where it was used for a time as an IOOF Hall. A sign at its former site commemorates it.

Among the teachers of King School were Miss Rydon (1907), Margaret Ann Simpson (1910s), Miss Flemming, Miss Story, Miss Winstone, Miss MacKinnon, Miss Ebbern, and Sophie Bernice Wasilka (1943-1946).

King School

King School (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 100.

King School commemorative plaque and sign

King School commemorative plaque and sign (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former King School building in Shoal Lake

The former King School building in Shoal Lake (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1232.

The former King School building in Shoal Lake at N50.43748, W100.58610

The former King School building in Shoal Lake at N50.43748, W100.58610 (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.50604, W100.68082
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

The Way It Was! by Matthew Halliday, Dauphin, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.S46 Hal]

Ripples On The Lake: A History of Shoal Lake Municipality, 1884-1984 by Shoal Lake History Book Committee, 1984.

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

Obituary [Sophie Wasilka Sytnyk], Winnipeg Free Press, 15 June 2019.

We thank Malcolm Bell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2019

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