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Historic Sites of Manitoba: The Oaks School No. 412 (Municipality of Louise)

The Oaks School District was organized formally in June 1885 and, the following year, a one-room schoolhouse was built at the southeast corner of SW4-3-12W in the Municipality of Louise. The original building was used until 1913 after which students were paid mileage to go to their closest school. The building was sold at auction. In 1929, there were enough students in the area to warrant opening a school again so a new schoolhouse was constructed. It was closed permanently in 1952 and the district was dissolved in 1953. Its catchment area was divided between the Clearwater Consolidated School District, Goudney School District, and Crystal City School District. The school building was moved to Pilot Mound and renovated into a private residence.

Among the teachers at The Oaks School were George Gilbert Sr. (1886) and Miss Margaret Afflect (circa 1905).

A stone monument, dedicated on 23 July 1978, commemorates the school along with Thomas Bell and Daniel Stoddart who homesteaded at the site in the 1870s.

Teacher and students of The Oaks School

Teacher and students of The Oaks School (circa 1905)
Source: Brian McGill

The Oaks School commemorative monument

The Oaks School commemorative monument (June 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.17752, W99.03250
denoted by symbol on the map above


School District Formation Files [The Oaks School District No. 412], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

We thank Brian McGill and Michele Ammeter for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 May 2021

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