Historic Sites of Manitoba: Woodnorth Consolidated School No. 1533 (Woodnorth, RM of Pipestone)

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The Woodnorth School District was established formally in April 1910, with a one-room frame schoolhouse constructed in Woodnorth, in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone. In May 1918, it became Woodnorth Consolidated School No. 1533 when it consolidated with Daybreak School No. 376 and Retloc School No. 1908.

As student enrollment rose, the original classroom was supplemented by two more so, by the time the school was in its heyday, it comprised three classrooms. During the 1960s, with the closure of rural schools in the surrounding area, Mayville School No. 375 and Elm Valley School No. 869, their students were sent to Woodnorth. The school closed in 1968 and the district was dissolved in 1970. A commemorative monument was erected in 1995 beside the former school building, which was stripped of its brick veneer in 1990.





Miss P. G. Davis


Ada Pauline Herkes (1895-?)


William Stanley “Bill” Lockhart (1896-1978)


James B. “Jim” Smalley (1898-1990)


Joseph Edwin Murphy (1897-1973)


John Samuell Dickison (1906-1995)


James Cameron Martin (1910-1982)


Beulah Beryl McNevin (1896-1963)


Frederick Adam Hodgkinson (1912-2004)


Charles William Howard Griggs (1909-1996)


Oliver Clayton Bricker (1900-1992)


Arthur Neilson (1908-1975)


Miss Campbell


Jessie M. Hannah


Katherine Isabella “Kay” Smith (1922-2011)


Gladys C. McLean


George Wesley Denstedt (1896-1979)


Gladys Webster


Mrs. Julia Johnson


Bohdan “Bud” Danylchuk (1926-2019)


Alma Elaine [Eileen] Newton Carnochan (1922-2011)


Clayton W. Allen


Victor Boldt


Dalton J. Burke




Mrs. Mildred Harkness


Among the other teachers at Woodnorth School were Miss Hanna Jean Haw (1910-1911), Montague Shore (1911-1912), Miss Mary Jordan (1912-1914), Miss E. G. Martin (1914-1916), Miss Mary Muir (1916-1917), Miss L. Inkster (1918), Miss R. Rosenblat (1918-1919), Miss Myrtle Lang (1919), Miss Christie (1920), Miss E. E. McPhaden (1920), Miss H. Bray (1921-1922), Miss G. I. Gibson (1923), Miss Jeanette Turnbull (1924), Miss Sarah Ellen Cook (1924-1927), Miss I. E. Blakeman (1924-1925), Miss S. E. Blakeman (1924), Miss L. Mummery (1925-1926), Miss A. E. Dafoe (1926-1927), Miss D. E. North (1927), Miss Rae Bulloch (1927-1928), Miss E. Wilkins (1927-1928), Miss A. J. Reid (1928-1930), Miss H. Sheriden (1928-1931), Miss Kay Moore (1931-1933), Miss Mary Evelyn Greenway (1931-1933), D. J. Duncan (1933-1934), Miss E. Hanley (1934-1936), Miss Della Shoemaker (1936-1939), A. Hall (1939-1941), Miss Smith (1941-1942), O. Perlette (1942-1943), B. McAuley (1942-1943), Miss J. Campbell (1943), E. Wilson (1944), MIss Gladys C. McLean (1944-1945), Mrs. R. Caulfield (1944-1945), Miss Constance Halliday (1945-1946), Nancy Pittendreigh Gardiner (1946-1948), Miss Doreen Blackmore (1948-1949), Miss Pat Dybish (1949-1951), Mrs. Flora Danylchuk (1951-1953), Miss Yvonne Loiselle (1952-1953), Miss Viola Hill (1953-1963), Miss Olga Mazur (1953-1955), Miss Mary Van Den Bossche (1955-1956), Miss Heather Anderson (1956-1959), Miss Joan Wyllie (1959-1960), Miss Bertha Kramer (1960-1961), Marc Chisholm (1961-1962), and Miss Sylvia Cuthbert (1967-1968).

Photos & Coordinates

The original Woodnorth School

The original Woodnorth School (no date) by W. R. Beveridge
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 135.

Woodnorth School

Woodnorth School (no date)
Source: Pamela Forsyth

The former Woodnorth School building

The former Woodnorth School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1036.

Front exterior of the former Woodnorth School building, with brick veneer removed

Front exterior of the former Woodnorth School building, with brick veneer removed (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Rear exterior of the former Woodnorth School building showing the original classroom

Rear exterior of the former Woodnorth School building showing the original classroom (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Front exterior of the former Woodnorth School building

Front exterior of the former Woodnorth School building (September 2020)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the original Woodnorth School classroom

Interior of the original Woodnorth School classroom (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Woodnorth School commemorative monument

Woodnorth School commemorative monument (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.73276, W101.08074
denoted by symbol on the map above


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

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.

Trails Along the Pipestone by Pipestone History Project, c1981, page 724. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.P56 Tra]

Obituary [James B. Smalley], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 February 1990, page 36.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

The Sequel to Trails Along the Pipestone, RM Pipestone History Committee, 2008, page 38.

Obituary [Bohdan Danylchuk], Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 2019.

We thank David Harkness, Nathan Kramer, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Pamela Forsyth.

Page revised: 5 November 2023

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