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 commemorative plaque and sign (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
The former King School building in Shoal Lake (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1232.
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.50604, W100.68082
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.
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: 13 February 2021
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