LILY PLAIN School District # 501
Sec Tsp 49 Rge 1 W of the 3 Meridian, near Butterby / Lily Plain,
There was a one room school house located on our farm land west of Prince Albert.
The school was Lily Plain School (drawing by Mary Wilkinson attached). We moved off the farm before I attended.
It's interesting to see the number "501" over the door in the drawing which matches the number given the school at SK One Room Schoolhouses "L"
As of two or three years ago, the school still stands - barely.|
Both my sisters went there and the school teacher, a single lady, lived at our house. She later married and her son lives in Regina. My sisters were one year apart, so when the oldest started school, the other wanted to go too. As the teacher lived with us she agreed. The next year we moved from the farm into Prince Albert and my second oldest sister, who was now five, was ready to go into grade two. My mother, of strong will and Scottish ancestry, convinced the school to let her continue as her marks from grade one were excellent.
If you go to Google Earth at http://www.google.com/earth/index.html and download it, you can type in "Lily Plain, Sk" and it will take you right to the area. My experience in the past has been that the coordinates given on google earth are not as precise as what I get from my handheld GPS. Saying that, when you're on google earth move the the little hand to 53 degrees 11 minutes 2.95 seconds north and 106 degrees 4 minutes 38.14 seconds west. That should put the little hand right on top of the school. Looking north from there, just across about 10 or 12 swaths in the field, the foundation of our barn can be seen. As I found google earth to be imprecise on gps coordinates I would certainly not change what you have on the page you sent me.
Hi Julia We corresponded before and I just got an email today from the daughter of the Mary Wilkinson who did the drawing I sent you of school house #501 at Lily Plain. She was doing some net surfing and found the photo and was surprised and pleased to see the picture and she said it made her Mom’s day. I told her I’m glad I didn’t put “Drawing by George Bliss”
I am attaching a photo I took in 2012 and 2 this year of the old school. Soon there will nothing there but maybe a cairn like so many I see around the country side. The bushes are encroaching more and more on the path to the school. You are welcome to use the photos as you see fit. I was the photographer.
Regards, George Bliss, Regina…
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