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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Budka School No. 1717 (RM of Alonsa)

A monument in the Rural Municipality of Alonsa, erected in July 2002, commemorates Budka School, which was established here in January 1914. It served the community until April 1936 when McCreary Municipal School No. 1348 was established in McCreary. In addition to the school building, the steps of which have been incorporated into the monument, the site had a teacher’s residence building and a barn for horses used by the students to ride to school.

The teachers of Budka School included J. F. Kasperski (1914), W. J. Mushinski (1915), C. Siekierski (1916-1918), Stephen Wolanczyk (1918), Stefan Wuss (1918), Andrew W. Danyleyko (1919-1920), J. M. Hawryluk (1919-1920), William H. Howard (1919-1920), Michael Kozier (1920-1923), Elizabeth May (1920-1923), E. R. Zedare (1920-1923), Elizabeth White (1920-1923), John Kraus (1920-1923), V. McGowan (1923-1924), Mrs. Jean Swanson (1925-1926), Ella E. Umphrey (1926-1928), Charles E. Durnin (1928-1929), Gilbert J. Harris (1929-1930), Margaret A. Taylor (1930-1935), Anne Nowazek (1935-1936), Mary L. Thompson (1936-1939), Mrs. K. B. McDonell (1936-1939), Aneita G. Snyder (1939-1940), Harold A. Lyons (1940-1942), Margaret Stephen (1940-1942), Nanalow Duke (1940-1942), Lena Giesbrecht (1943-1944), Polly B. Cherniak (1944-1946), Nestor Michalchuk (1946-1947), Larry Zbeetnoff (1947-1948), Mary Didychuk (1950-1951), Anne Romaniuk (1951-1953), and Nazar Watcyk (1953-1956).

Budka School

Budka School (no date) by C. K. Rogers
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 22.

Budka School commemorative monument

Budka School commemorative monument (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Steps of the former Budka School building at the site

Steps of the former Budka School building at the site (August 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.66897, W99.19041
denoted by symbol on the map above


McCreary: Milestones and Memories by McCreary History Book Committee, 1987, pages 153-154.

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.

This page was prepared by Allan Drysdale and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 August 2020

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