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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brunkild Consolidated School No. 1281 (Brunkild, RM of Macdonald)

Link to:
Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Coordinates | Sources

The first school in the Brunkild district was the Poersch School completed in February 1897 on NE18-7-1 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Macdonald. A new building was built in Brunkild in April 1904 and later became a residence for caretakers and teachers. In February 1920, the Brunkild Consolidated School was opened, the builders having the forethought to pre-wire the building for electricity, which arrived in 1949. The school had four large classrooms, full basement, science room, steam heating, washrooms and office, and offered a full slate of subjects for grades one to eleven.

In 1960, the high school came under the jurisdiction of the Morris-Macdonald School Division and the high school students were bused to Sanford. In 1969, the elementary grades were obliged to do the same, despite an overwhelming vote to remain in Brunkild. The school property was sold to the Brunkild Memorial Recreation Centre to be used as a playground and park. The building was demolished in 1978.

A monument was erected in 2003 by Elsie Steinke on the old school site, in commemoration of the founders, school trustees, teachers, caretakers, and students of Brunkild schools.

Principals

Period

Principal

1931-1945

Henry Wall

1945-1947

John S. Schellenberg (?-?)

1947-1949

D. R. Dick

1949-1950

George Wesley Denstedt (1896-1979)

1950-1954

Stanley Robert Kitchen (1915-1988)

1954-1960

Alex Sabeski (c1923-2014)

1960-1963

Daniel Heide

1963-1964

Edward R. Arndt

1964-1967

Clifford D. Hall

1967-1969

?

1969-1972

Clifford D. Hall

Teachers

Year

Teachers

1920

Thomas W. Emerson

1921

Lora Blanks, Thomas W. Emerson, Irene Robinson

1922

Lora Blanks, Thomas W. Emerson, Irene Robinson

1923

Lora Blanks, Thomas W. Emerson, Rupert Hoppa, M. Sutherland

1924

Thomas W. Emerson, Charles Laine, L. Slaughter, Helen Verrall

1925

Thomas W. Emerson, Leonard Krueger, L. Slaughter, Helen Verrall

1926

Thomas W. Emerson, Etta Jenkins, L. Slaughter, Helen Verrall

1927

Ivodell Busby, Thomas W. Emerson, Etta Jenkins, L. Slaughter, Helen Verrall

1928

Ivodell Busby, Thomas W. Emerson, Mildren Warren

1929

Thomas W. Emerson, Ida Jeske, Eleanor Slaughter

1930

Charles Durnin, Thomas W. Emerson, Ida Jeske, Eleanor Slaughter

1931

Lily Gillespie, Ida Jeske, Henry Wall

1932

Wilmet Bowler, Lily Gillespie, Ida Jeske, Henry Wall

1933

Selma Davidson, Lily Gillespie, Ida Jeske, Henry Wall

1934

Linda Braun, Selma Davidson, Lily Gillespie, Ida Jeske, Henry Wall

1935

J. D. Huston, Ida Jeske, Isobel Malcolmson, Henry Wall

1936

Ida Jeske, Harry Lawson, Isobel Malcolmson, Henry Wall

1937

Ida Jeske, Harry Lawson, Isobel Malcolmson, Henry Wall

1938

Evelyn Fletcher, Margaret McArter, Mrs. W. F. Poersch, Henry Wall

1939

Evelyn Fletcher, K. Elizabeth Hoole, Henry Wall, Isaac F. Wiens

1940

Mary Robinson, Edith Somerville, Henry Wall, Isaac F. Wiens

1941

Ruth E. Bailey, Edith Somerville, Ben Unruh, Henry Wall, Isaac F. Wiens

1942

Ruth E. Bailey, Henry Wall, Katherine Weber

1943

Ruth E. Bailey, Laura Ferguson, Henry Wall, Katherine Weber

1944

Helen Brown, Lois Collins, Marie Friesen

1945

Marie Friesen, Helen Hildebrand, John S. Schellenberg, Ben Unruh

1946

Jean Fraser, Marie Friesen, Audrey Johnson, John S. Schellenberg

1947

D. R. Dick, Jean Fraser, Jean Gray

1948

D. R. Dick, Ruth Harron, J. Zuzanski

1949

George W. Denstedt, Ruth Harron, W. Johnston

1950

Isabelle Berkvens, L. A. Grabowsky, Stanley R. Kitchen, Joan Murray, Mary Rankins

1951

H. Craig, Stanley R. Kitchen, Mary Klym

1952

Stanley R. Kitchen, Annie Schellenberg

1953

Peter Enns, Stanley R. Kitchen, Annie Schellenberg

1954

Peter Enns, Thelma Enns, Alex Sabeski

1955

Margaret McCullough, Alex Sabeski

1956

Margaret McCullough, Clara McLeod, Anne Nicolajsen

1957

Margaret McCullough, Wilma Skeavington

1958

Daniel Heide, Margaret McCullough, Wilma Skeavington

1959

Daniel Heide, Margaret McCullough, Fern Rose

1960

Jean Anderson, Daniel Heide, Fern Rose

1961

Jean Anderson, Daniel Heide, Fern Rose

1962

Jean Anderson, Daniel Heide, Fern Rose

1963

Jean Anderson, Edward R. Arndt, Elma Brandt, Fern Rose

1964

Jean Anderson, Edward R. Arndt, Clifford D. Hall, Fern Rose

1965

Jean Anderson, G. W. Collier, Clifford D. Hall, Fern Rose

1966

Jean Anderson, Etta Gehring, Clifford D. Hall, J. Neumann, Fern Rose

1967

Mary Guenter, Clifford D. Hall, Myrna Preston, Heather Sylvester

1968

Mary Guenter, Myrna Preston, Heather Sylvester

1969

Clifford D. Hall

1970

Clifford D. Hall

1971

Clifford D. Hall

1972

Gail Evans, Clifford D. Hall, Myrna Halstead

Among the other teachers who worked at Brunkild School were Mr. Graaf and Mr. Schultz.

Photos & Maps

The newly constructed four-classroom Brunkild School building, erected at a cost of $35,000

The newly constructed four-classroom Brunkild School building, erected at a cost of $35,000 (circa 1920)
Source: Education Department Report, 1920, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Brunkild School

Brunkild School (no date) by E. D. Parker
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 90.

Brunkild School

Brunkild School (circa 1963)
Source: Ed Arndt

Brunkild School teacherage

Brunkild School teacherage (no date)
Source: Ed Arndt

Brunkild School commemorative monument

Brunkild School commemorative monument (August 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.59116, W97.57354
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Organization: Morris-Macdonald School Division School District No. 19

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.

Memories & Melodies: The History of Brunkild, 1871-1980 by Brunkild History Book Committee, 2003. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.B78 Bru]

We thank Ed Arndt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 February 2019

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