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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Londesboro School No. 114 (Municipality of Louise)

The Londesboro School District was established in January 1880 by settlers who arrived from Londesboro, Ontario. The school, at NW32-2-10 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Louise, closed in January 1971. As of the early 1990s, the wood frame building was being used as a garage at the site but it is gone now. A monument was erected there in 1979, beside a mature shelterbelt of trees that once sheltered the schoolhouse.

Among the teachers of Londesboro School was Mary Highfield Collins (1932-1938).

Londesboro School

Londesboro School (no date) by W. J. Parr
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 37.

The former Londesboro School building

The former Londesboro School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 603.

Londesboro School commemorative monument

Londesboro School commemorative monument (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.17729, W98.78371
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.

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 [Mary Highfield Collins], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 October 2014.

We thank Frances Kasper for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Ed Grassick.

Page revised: 7 December 2019

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