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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Northfield School No. 264 (RM of South Cypress)

Settlers in the area east of Wawanesa, in the Rural Municipality of South Cypress, established a school district in the spring of 1882 and, by June, a one-room school had been erected. An early student here was Nellie McClung. She also taught at the school briefly, in 1896. The first Northfield School was destroyed by fire on 16 February 1933 (and a temporary school building was burned on 3 May 1933) but was rebuilt according to the original design, this time with a basement.

In 1960, the school closed and its students went to Wawanesa Consolidated School No. 2393. The building was sold to the Town of Wawanesa. Designated as a municipal heritage site in May 1995, the building is now used by the Northfield Community Club for social functions.

Among the teachers of Northfield School were Frank A. Schultz, Otto R. Schultz, and J. T. Cressy.

Northfield School

Northfield School (no date) by G. H. Robertson
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 8.

Northfield School

Northfield School (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Northfield School Horse Barn

Northfield School Horse Barn (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.57685, W99.57489
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Memoirs of a School Inspector: Edward E. Best, 1888-1932 by Gladys M. Best and Hazel M. McFadyen, c1977. [Copy in library of the Manitoba Historical Society]

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.

Northfield School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 January 2016

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