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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Spruce Lakes School / Merridale School No. 1480 (Municipality of Roblin)

Known originally as the Spruce Lakes School District when it was organized formally in January 1909, it was renamed Merridale School District in February 1912. The school operated in the community of Merridale, in what is now the Municipality of Roblin. In September 1913, it became Merridale Consolidated School. After the school closed in 1967, its remaining students went to Goose Lake Consolidated School No. 1283. The former school building was converted into a community centre.

A monument nearby, erected in 1979 by the Merridale Community Club, is topped by the school bell, donated to it in 1914 by the first teacher, Mr. Joseph Patton, on his 70th birthday. The monument was made possible by donations of time and money by local residents and a special presentation by Mrs. Nora Lovatt, who taught at Merridale School from 1917 to 1918.

Among the teachers of Merridale School were Peter Bugera and Don Aiken.

Merridale School

Merridale School building (no date) by R. J. MacKenzie
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 125.

Merridale School

The former Merridale School building (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Merridale School

Merridale School monument (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.34669, W101.21322
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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 October 2017

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