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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brokenhead School No. 472 (Brokenhead, RM of Brokenhead)

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The Brokenhead School District was organized formally in August 1886 and a schoolhouse was built on the farmstead of John Acaster the following year, though the building was later abandoned. A second one-room school building was built in 1907 and operated on the southwest quarter of 6-15-8 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead. This second structure was expanded, adding another classroom some time prior to 1919. In 1926, that school was destroyed in a fire, and a new third school was built to replace it. In March 1942, that two-room schoolhouse was also destroyed in a fire and classes were held in a community hall until a new $2,000 building replaced it.

In the summer of 1941, a $3,000 debenture was approved to build a one-room schoolhouse to service the eastern part of the district. It was known as the Brokenhead East School. Initial calls for it to be an independent school district were rejected, so it operated within the Beausejour School District into the 1960s. To aid in its distinction, the Brokenhead School facility was informally called Brokenhead West School.

In 1966, it became Brokenhead Consolidated School No. 2436 when it consolidated with Greenwald School No. 1160 and Mars School No. 1774. The school later closed and the building was used for a time as a community centre. It sat vacant for several years before being renovated into a private residence.

Principals

Period

Principal

1936-1937

Thomas Patrick King (1873-1954)

1937-1941

Felix Joseph Kulyk (c1912-?)

1941-1944

Edward Alexander Mroz (1908-2001)

1944-1952

Teenie Evelyn Kozier Kozyra (1908-1964)

1952-1954

John Morris Stokotelny (1925-1972)

1954-1955

Mike B. Biluk

1955-1958

William Ferens

1958-1959

Stephen David Bahry (1914-2011)

1959-1960

Arlene Nancy Zielke

1960-1961

D. M. Coates

1961-1962

None

1962-1963

Joan Murash

1963-1968

Eugene Michalow

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1937-1938

Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)

1938-1939

Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)

1939-1940

Dan Krucyk (grade 1), Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)

1940-1941

Harry Paul Beally (grades 1-4), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)

1941-1942

Ella June Bilan (grades 1-4), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)

1942-1943

Ella June Bilan (grades 1-4), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)

1943-1944

Ella June Bilan (grades 1-3), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 4-8), Mary Mosquin (grades 1-7, at Brokenhead East School), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)

1944-1945

Ella June Bilan (grades 1-3), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-11), Olga Nychek (grades 1-3)

1945-1946

E. R. Beally (grades 1-4, August substitute), Sophie Julia Galka (grades 5-8), E. M. Hutsal (grades 1-4, September-June), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-11)

1946-1947

Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-12), Jennie Eugenie Senicie (grades 1-8)

1947-1948

Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-12, August-January; grades 9-12, January-June), Grace E. Stevens (grades 1-4, January-June), Stella Zubatiuk (grades 1-6, August-January; grades 5-8, January-June)

1948-1949

Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11), Stella Zubatiuk (grades 1-6)

1949-1950

Doreen Joyce Dutchak (grades 1-6), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11)

1950-1951

Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11), Mary Molinski (grades 1-6)

1951-1952

George Bilan (grades 1-6), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11)

1952-1953

Evelyn Rose Basiuk (grades 1-6), John Morris Stokotelny (grades 7-11)

1953-1954

Nellie Angeline Lapchinsky (grades 1-6), John Morris Stokotelny (grades 7-11)

1954-1955

Mike B. Biluk (grades 7-11), Nellie Angeline Lapchinsky (grades 1-6)

1955-1956

William Ferens (grades 8-11), Stella Shumila (grades 1-7)

1956-1957

William Ferens (grades 9-11), Stella Shumila Zubatiuk (grades 1-8)

1957-1958

Helen J. Bergen (grades 1-8), William Ferens (grades 9-11)

1958-1959

Stephen Bahry (grades 9-11), Helen J. Bergen (grades 1-8)

1959-1960

Mary Jean Irene Gunn (grades 1-8), Joseph William Ernest Lawrence (grade 9), Arlene Nancy Zielke (grades 9-11)

1960-1961

Joan Murash (grades 1-7), Mary Rak (grades 2-8, at Brokenhead East School)

1961-1962

Joan Murash (grades 1-8)

1962-1963

Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4), Joan Murash (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Erna MBauschke ichalow (grades 1-4), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Emily Kirner (grades 1-4, April-June), Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4, August-April), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Eugene Michalow (grades 4-8), Arlene Nancy Rattai (grades 1-3)

1967-1968

Eugene Michalow (grades 7-8), Sharon Rose Rattai (grades 4-6), ? (grades 1-3)

Among the other teachers who taught at Brokenhead School was Edith Schantz Pierce.

Photos & Coordinates

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (1919)
Source: Library and Archives Canada, Department of Mines and Technical Surveys,
PA-018143, MIKAN No. 3303963.

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 66.

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 66.

The former Brokenhead School building, in use as a community centre

The former Brokenhead School building, in use as a community centre (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 188.

The former Brokenhead school building

The former Brokenhead school building (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.23976, W96.48921
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba - 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982.

And They Built an Altar: The History and Heritage of the Brokenhead Lutheran Community by The Brokenhead Lutheran Historical Society, 1983.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Brokenhead School District No. 472 - Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

Municipal borrowing files (MA 0039), Brokenhead School District No. 472, GR1799, Archives of Manitoba.

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 Victoria Mosquin Olchowecki for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 August 2020

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