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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Skala School No. 1257 (RM of Mossey River)

The Skala School District was organized formally in November 1903 and a building was erected around 1905 in the southwest quarter of 15-29-20 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Mossey River. The district joined the Duck Mountain School Division in 1967. The former school building was later used as a private residence. As of 2012, only its foundation remains at the site.

Among the teachers of Skala School was Nicholas Bilash (1947-1948).

Skala School

Skala School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 86.

Group of students in front of the Skala School building

Group of students in front of the Skala School building (no date)
Source: Lawrence Shewchuk

The former Skala School building

The former Skala School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 832.

The former Skala School teacherage

The former Skala School teacherage (2002)
Source: Lawrence Shewchuk

Overgrown site of the former Skala School building

Overgrown site of the former Skala School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.47855, W100.19524
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mossey River Schools Monument (Fork River, RM of Mossey River)


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.

We thank Larry Shewchuk and Borislaw Bilash II for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2021

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