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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Donald School No. 1094 (Narol, RM of St. Clements)

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The Donald School District was established formally in November 1900 and a schoolhouse operated on Lot 255 in the Parish of St. Andrews, in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements. Intially a one-room structure, second and third classrooms were added to deal with burgeoning student enrollment. In 1916, a second two-classroom building was erected at the site. By 1926, teacherage quarters for all four staff was established on nearby Lot 251. The school buildings were destroyed during a fire in December 1946. A new three-classroom building, measuring 72 by 24 feet, with an auditorium that could be converted into a fourth classroom, was erected. Removed in the spring of 1956, a new school building designed by Paul Oneschuk was opened officially on 28 October 1956.

The school district was dissolved in 1967, with its area becoming part of the River East School Division. The school closed in June 1970. The former school building was given to the municipality which leased it to a local group to be used as a community centre, seniors centre, and daycare.

Principals

Period

Principal

1915-1916

A. F. Haczkiewicz

1916-1917

F. A. Ryback

1918-1927

Katherine E. Smythe (c1881-?)

1927-1931

Sophie Cherry [Cherashny] Shibou (1903-2002)

1931-1946

Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (1903-1971)

1946-1949

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (1914-1993)

1949-1952

John Prokipchuk

1952-1954

William Paul Solypa (1930-2017)

1954-1955

Dmytro “Metro” Michalchuk (1931-2017)

1955-1956

John Petrash

1956-1957

Morris Miroslaw Hryhor (1923-1987)

1957-1958

Michael Rehaluk

1958-1959

Nicholas Andrusko

1959-1963

Maurice Walter Peleshok

1963-1964

Peter Mikolayenko

1964-1967

Peter Paul Smolarski

1967-1968

Abe Klassen

1968-1970

Mabel Louise Rutledge Johnson (1905-1991)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1915-1916

A. F. Haczkiewicz (grades 2-8), Stephen B. Wolanczyk (grade 1)

1916-1917

Emilia L. Dybisz (grade 1, 1917), A. F. Haczkiewicz (grades 2-4, 1916; grades 2-3, 1917), H. S. Hawecki (grade 1, 1916), F. A. Ryback (grades 4-8)

1917-1918

Joseph H. Basarabowicz (grades 1-3, 1917), F. Hazel Charles (grades 2-4, 1918), Emilia L. Dybisz (grade 1), A. F. Haczkiewicz (grades 2-3, 1917), F. A. Ryback (grades 5-8 & night school grades 2-5, 1917), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-8, 1918)

1918-1919

Agnes Rosetta Connelly (grades 2-4, 1919), Emilia L. Dybisz (grade 1), E. R. McCurdy (grades 2-4, 1918), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-7, 1918; grades 5-8, 1918)

1919-1920

Mamie Cassidy (grade 1), Agnes Rosetta Connelly (grades 2-3), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-7)

1920-1921

Mamie Cassidy (grade 3), Mary H. Johnson (grade 1, 1920), Valerie Moran [Moray?] (grade 2), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-8), Ethel Zohzman [Zokman?] (grade 1, 1921)

1921-1922

Isabel Campbell (grade 1), Catherine Craig (grade 2), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-8), Ivy Stevenson (grades 3-4)

1922-1923

Isabel Campbell (grade 1), Catherine Craig (grade 2), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 4-8), Ivy Stevenson (grades 3-4)

1923-1924

Alice Aitken (grades 2-3), Jean Carey (grade 1, 1923; grades 4-5, 1924), Rozann Carey (grade 4), Lillian E. Pearlman (grades 1-2, 1924), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 5-8)

1924-1925

Alice Aitken (grades 2-3), Jean Carey (grade 4), Lillian E. Pearlman (grades 1-2), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 5-8)

1925-1926

Jean Carey (grade 4), Marie Eaves (grade 1), Minney Lurey (grades 2-3), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 5-8)

1926-1927

Sophie Cherry (grades 2-3), Mabel Edith Payne (grade 1), Jonina Sumarlidason (grade 4), Katherine E. Smythe (grades 5-8), Frank Alexander Wachal (grade 4 substitute, 1927)

1927-1928

Sophie Cherry (grades 5-7), Anne J. Mowat (grades 2-3), Mabel Edith Payne (grade 1), Jonina Sumarlidason (grades 4-5)

1928-1929

Sophie Cherry (grades 6-8), Dorothy McDermott (grades 1-2, 1929), Anne J. Mowat (grades 2-3, 1928; grades 3-4, 1929), Mabel Edith Payne (grades 1-2, 1928), Jonina Sumarlidson (grades 4-5, 1928; grades 5-6, 1929)

1929-1930

Sophie Cherry Shibou (grades 7-9), Cleo Mabel Clark (grades 5-6), Audrey Valentine Thompson (grades 3-4), Ellen Ann Vincelette (grades 1-2)

1930-1931

Cleo Mabel Clark (grades 1-2), Kathleen Teresa King (grades 3-4), Sophie Cherry Shibou (grades 7-9), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1931-1932

Cleo Mabel Clark (grade 1), Kathleen Teresa King (grades 2-4), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1932-1933

Helene Lennie Dojack (grade 1), Kathleen Teresa King (grades 2-4), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1933-1934

Helene Lennie Dojack (grade 1), Kathleen Teresa King (grades 2-4), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1934-1935

Kathleen Teresa King (grade 1), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), John Louis [Lewis] Semeniuk (grades 2-4), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1935-1936

Kathleen Teresa King (grades 1-2), Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 3-4), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 5-6)

1936-1937

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 4-6)

1937-1938

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 4-6)

1938-1939

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 4-6)

1939-1940

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 4-6)

1940-1941

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Frank Alexander Wachal (grades 4-6)

1941-1942

Libby Elizabeth Marek (grades 4-6), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Bessie B. Olson (grades 1-3)

1942-1943

Kathleen Marion Connolly (grades 4-6, 1943), Mary Hrenchuk (grades 1-3), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10), Libby Elizabeth Marek Schroeder (grades 4-6)

1943-1944

Florence May Baker (grades 1-3, 1944), Mary P. Boyko (grades 1-3, 1943), Rae Isabelle Ellis grades 4-6), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 7-10)

1944-1945

Rae Isabelle Ellis grades 4-6), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 9-11), Mary Uranick (grades 1-4)

1945-1946

Ina Constance Hawkins (grades 5-8), Blanche Florence Leveque (grades 1-4), Leon Rudolph Olesczuk (grades 9-11)

1946-1947

Ina Constance Hawkins (grades 5-8), Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 9-11), Berith Williams (grades 1-4)

1947-1948

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 9-11), Berith Williams (grades 1-4), Anne Zubachek (grades 5-8)

1948-1949

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 9-11), Berith Williams (grades 1-4), Anne Zubachek (grades 5-8)

1949-1950

John Prokipchuk (grades 5-9), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-4)

1950-1951

John Prokipchuk (grades 5-9), Helen Jean C. Turner (grades 1-4)

1951-1952

John Prokipchuk (grades 5-9), Helen Jean C. Turner (grades 1-4)

1952-1953

Jessie Belton (grades 1-4), William Paul Solypa (grades 5-9)

1953-1954

Jessie Belton (grades 1-4), William Paul Solypa (grades 5-9)

1954-1955

Jessie Belton (grades 1-4), Metro Michalchuk (grades 5-9)

1955-1956

Jessie Belton (grades 1-4), John Petrash (grades 5-9)

1956-1957

Morris Miroslaw Hryhor (grades 10-11), Simon Nimchuk (grades 7-9), Julia Rich (grades 4-6), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1957-1958

Michael Rehaluk (grades 9-11), Julia Rich (grades 5-8), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-4)

1958-1959

Nicholas Andrusko (grades 8-10), Julia Rich (grades 4-7), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1959-1960

Janet Elaine Lalchun (grades 4-6), Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 7-8), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1960-1961

Janet Elaine Lalchun (grades 4-6), Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 7-8), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1961-1962

Janet Elaine Lalchun (grades 4-6), Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 7-8), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1962-1963

Janet Elaine Lalchun (grades 4-6), Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 7-8), Berith Williams Semeniuk (grades 1-3)

1963-1964

Sharon Alice Chanas (grade 1-2), Lorraine Isabel Clark (grades 3-5), Peter Mikolayenko (grades 6-8)

1964-1965

Leona Buyarski (grades 3-5), Sharon Alice Chanas (grade 1-2), Peter Paul Smolarski (grades 6-8)

1965-1966

Sharron Lynn Bodie (grades 1-2), Pamela Sue Buchalter (grades 3-4), Peter Paul Smolarski (grades 7-8), Wasyl Sokolyk (grades 5-6)

1966-1967

Judith Karen Hanson (grades 1-2), Joanne Lynn Raw (grades 3-4), Peter Paul Smolarski (grades 7-8), Wasyl Sokolyk (grades 5-6)

1967-1968

Erika Anita Geske (grades 1-2), Abe Klassen (grades 4-5), Joanne Lynn Raw (grades 3-4)

1968-1969

Mabel Louise Rutledge Johnson (grades 4-5), Judith Karen King (grade 1), Joanna Lynn Raw (relief teacher), Clara Steen (grades 2-3)

1969-1970

Mabel Louise Rutledge Johnson (grades 3-4), Clara Steen (grades 1-2)

The teachers of Donald School were Maggie McBeth (1901-1902), Miss Certie M. Whilley (1903), Jacob T. Norquay (1903-1905), Hugh W. Keele (1904), Louisa J. Irvins (1905-1906), William F. P. Bradley (1906-1907), Elspeth M. Craig (1908), William Bladley (1908), Esel Scort (1908-1909), Janet McBeth (1910), John Bybek (1911), A. H. Dielenkeirch (1912), J. M. Dybek (1912-1913), W. J. Mushynski (1912-1913), M. Styrska (1913-1914), A. F. Haczkiewicz (1913-1915), W. Henchart (1914), A. J. Basarabowicz (1915), Kathleen lsabelle Henderson (1948), and Arthur Bueckert (1965).

Photos & Coordinates

Donald School

Donald School (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 57.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.03823, W96.98513
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

1926 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

“Examines classes at Donald School,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 November 1915, page 4.

“Campaign for better schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 25 September 1917, page 9.

“Remarkable change in conditions in Donald Public School in five years,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 November 1920, page 5.

“Selkirk and district items [The Donald School ...],” Selkirk Weekly Record, 2 September 1926, page 1.

“Tenders will be received by the Donald School Board,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 July 1935, page 14.

“Sealed tenders will be received for purchase and removal of Donald School Bldg.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1956, page 12.

“[Photo caption], Official opening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 October 1956, page 18.

“Correction,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1956, page 3.

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.

Selkirk West topographic map, 62I/2 West, Edition 2, 1952, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].

Manitoba School Records Collection, Donald School District No. 1094 - Daily Registers, GR8245, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Donald School, Narol, St. Clements Heritage.

We thank Barry Roy and Ian Stewart for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 29 October 2018

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