Red Deer Industrial School

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Primary Name(s): Red Deer Industrial School

Location: Red Deer, Alberta

Religious Entity(ies): Methodist

Operating Dates: 1893-1919

Red Deer Industrial School opened in 1893 in what was then the District of Alberta. Located three miles west of Red Deer, Alberta, on the opposite bank of the Red Deer River, it was the first Methodist residential school to operate in the area. While the school was roughly the same size of similar institutions, it was unique in that it was located a significant distance from the Indigenous communities it was supposed to serve, with the nearest reserve being 65 kilometers away. This distance from Indigenous communities, in combination with the outbreak of the Spanish Flu and a subsequent outbreak of smallpox, lead to the school’s closure in 1919. Five years later, the Methodists opened Edmonton (Poundmaker) Residential School, which was closer to its intended Indigenous communities.


Remembering the Following Students:

Name
Date of Death (Year/Month/Day)
Abel Half
1894-08-01 – 1894-08-31
Adaline Makokis
1907-03-15
Alfred James (A)
1899-09-01 – 1899-09-30
Alfred James (B)
Not known
Alfred Rain
Not known
Andrew Laroque
Not known
Anna Mackie
ca. 1919-01-01
Anna Makokis
1904-08-30
Archie Jackson
Not known
Betsy Lepatac
1895-12-22
Betsy Raindeer
Not known
Charles Hunter (Red Deer)
1904-09-04
David Larocque
1909-01-01
David Laroque
ca. 1909-03-01
David Lightning
1918-11-14 – 1918-11-16
David Rain
Not known
Edward Whitecap
1903-06-30
Eliza Bird (Straggler)
ca. 1899-07-01
Eliza Francis
Not known
Eliza Kaachehow
1908-09-16
Ellen Hart
Not known
Emily Stanley
1896-11-18
Emma Muskegapoo
Not known
Emma Stanley
1902-03-06
Eva Hoole
Not known
Florence Hartie
Not known
Georgina House
1918-11-14 – 1918-11-16
Gretchen Joshua
1906-08-07
Irene Stoney
1915-06-04
Isaac Pain
Not known
James Frank
1913-12-01
Jane Baptiste
1918-11-16
Jerimiah Hoole
1912-01-01
Job. A. Lepatac
Not known
John Bull
Not known
John Levens
Not known
Jonas Samson
Not known
Joseph Ma-Gwa-Sew
Not known
Joseph Poitois
1887-01-19
Joshua Jacob
1895-04-29
Joshua Jones
ca. 1899-01-01
Joshua Saskatchewan
1897-01-07
Lollie Ann Mccorrester
ca. 1899-07-01
Louisa Steinhauer
1908-08-14
Maggie Laroque
1919-01-01
Mary Ann Samson
Not known
Mary Baptiste
1903-09-01
Mary Sharphead
1910-06-20
Melior Reindeer
1903-05-01 – 1903-05-31
Nellie Bremner
1909-03-01
Peggy Bull
1896-12-06
Philip Joshua (A)
ca. 1919-01-01
Philip Joshua (B)
Not known
Pruden Augustine
Not known
Rachel Hairline
1896-12-01 – 1896-12-31
Sarah Bohuer
Not known
Sarah Gaetz
1904-05-01 – 1904-05-31
Sarah Gastz
Not known
Sarah Sampson
1894-01-01
Sarah Soosay
1918-11-14 – 1918-11-16
Solomon Applegarth
Not known
Sophia Julia Half
1913-05-01 – 1913-05-31
Sophia Julia Half
Not known
Sophia Sinclair
ca. 1914
Sophie Rain
1903-04-01 – 1903-04-30
Susan Sharphead
ca. 1909 – 1910
William Bernard
1904-05-20
William Cardinal
1918-11-14 – 1918-11-16
William Sauteau
Not known

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