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Historic Sites of Manitoba: McKay School No. 1884 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The McKay School District was organized formally in April 1917. It operated a school building in what is now the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman. In 1927, the building was moved to SE29-38-25W. It closed in 1967. A commemorative plaque beside the former school building was erected in 1987.

Among the teachers of McKay School were E. L. Kerr (1919), Bessie Robinson (1920-1921), Elizabeth Joan Twilley (1942-1943, daughter of Frederick Arthur Twilley), and Eva Sims (1953).

McKay School

McKay School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 49.

The former McKay School building

The former McKay School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 685.

The former McKay School building

The former McKay School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former McKay School building

Interior of the former McKay School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former McKay School building

Interior of the former McKay School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

McKay School commemorative plaque

McKay School commemorative plaque (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.28917, W100.99790
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.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

We thank Pat Miles for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 May 2020

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