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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Lily Bay School No. 461 (RM of Coldwell)

The Lily Bay School District was established formally in July 1885 and it operated a schoolhouse at SW28-20-6W in the Rural Municipality of Coldwell. The school closed for ten years, re-opening in 1953. The school closed in 1968 and its area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building, a wood frame structure dating from 1911, was used for a time as a granary. It is now vacant.

Among the teachers who worked at Lily Bay School through the years were Alfred Morton (1886), Mr. Small, Lena Doney Lundy (1898), Mr. Black, Miss McMurray, Miss Wren, Mr. Stewart, Alice Kellett Lemoine (1912), Hazel Fisher Preston, Grace Ellis, Isabella Sutherland, Miss Hawkins, Lila Fraser, Mr. Douglas, Noble Shaw, Mildred Hackland Abrey, Luella Galpern, Violet Boyd, Beatrice Quilliams Williams, Edith Sanders Penny, Rossie McMunn Lundy, Miss Pollock, Tina Bauman, Jean Garrel, Eva Harvey, Merle Sandmoen, Irene Evans, Kay Miller, Miss Alcroft, Miss Johnson, E. Miskelly, Tom Breckman, Betty Falk, Nellie Styan, Dorothy Blue, Grace Packulak, Beryl Lane, Malcolm Jackson, and Andrea Sweetland.

Lily Bay School

Lily Bay School (no date) by M. Hall-Jones
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 64.

The former Lily Bay School building

The former Lily Bay School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 248.

The former Lily Bay School building

The former Lily Bay School building (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The interior of former Lily Bay School building

The interior of former Lily Bay School building (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.74255, W98.25020
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.

Wagons to Wings: History of Lundar and Districts, 1872-1980 by Lundar and District Historical Society, c1980.

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

Beyond Beginnings by Eriksdale Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, 1996, page 67.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 January 2021

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