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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Markham School No. 631 (Municipality of Gilbert Plains)

The Markham School District was established in February 1891 and a one-room schoolhouse was constructed on two acres of land at the junction of the NE and SE quarter sections of 25-24-22W in the Municipality of Gilbert Plains. The first teacher was Mr. E. Beveridge. In 1903, this building was destroyed by fire and was promptly replaced. The second school was used until it was replaced by a new school in 1949. This third school closed in 1964 and the building was moved to Gilbert Plains where it was incorporated into the clubhouse of the Gilbert Plains Golf Course. The district was added to the Brickburn Consolidated School District and later became part of the Intermountain School Division. In 1994, a commemorative monument was unveiled at the former school site.

Among the teachers of Markham School were John Nelson Bell (circa 1897) and John L. Wright (1936-1938).

Markham School commemorative monument

Markham School commemorative monument (May 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.10335, W100.41477
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.

Country Schools of Gilbert Plains by Barry Randell, 2006.

We thank Ed Arndt and Keven Van Camp for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 March 2019

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