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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Verity School No. 561 (RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

The Verity School District was established formally in January 1889. A one-room schoolhouse operated at SE7-11-23W in what is now the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth. It closed in January 1968. The former school building was moved to Kenton where it was used as a kindergarten classroom at Kenton School for a time. It was then moved four miles north of Kenton and used as a garage and workshop until it was demolished. The school is commemorated at its original site by a monument dedicated on 19 July 1981.

Among the teachers of Verity School were Milton Follas (1890), Jean Leckie (1939-1941), Marion McCrindle (1940s), Mrs. R. L. Dodds (1957), and Mrs. C. Blackwell (1962-1966).

Verity School

Verity School (1939)
Source: Heather Aldwyn

Group of students at Verity School

Group of students at Verity School (circa 1939)
Source: Heather Aldwyn

Former Verity School building

Former Verity School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1512.

Verity School commemorative monument

Verity School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91596, W100.62218
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.

Cradle to Combine, Volume 2: Kenton, 1881-1981 by Kenton History Committee, 1981, pages 128-129. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.K45]

Proudly We Speak: A History of the Rural Municipality of Woodworth, 1878-1967 by Dorothy Vipond. Kenton: Woodworth Centennial Committee, 1967, page 218.

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 Heather Aldwyn for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2019

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