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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hodgson School No. 2044 / Hodgson Pioneers Monument (Hodgson, RM of Fisher)

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The Hodgson School District was organized formally in August 1920 and a schoolhouse operated in Hodgson in what later became the Rural Municipality of Fisher. By the late 1950s it was a two-classroom building, with grades 1-2 in one room and grades 3-5 in the other. A separate one-room building to the north hosted classes in grades 6-8. Typically, the teacher in grades 6-8 was also Principal of the entire facility. After the school closed in the late 1970s, the two-room building was used as a community centre. Its catchment area became part of the Lakeshore School Division.

A monument in front of the Hodgson Community Hall summarizes some local history. The community is named for Henry R. Hodgson, the first postmaster for an office opened in 1912. The area flourish with the arrival of the Canadian Northern Railway in 1914 and eventually had several stores, restaurants, livery stables, hotels, a dance hall and theatre, curling and skating rinks, a pool hall, police station (opened in 1919), churches (Anglican opened 1919-1920), blacksmith shops, a barber shop, butcher shop, and saw mill. A road reached the community in 1937. Manitoba Natural Resources opened an office here in the 1940s and a grain elevator was constructed in 1949. Hydro electricity reached it in 1952, and Legion Hall No. 158 opened in 1958.

Principals

Period

Principal

1948

Aime Guilbert

1949

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1949-1950

Benny Zenon Orlins (?-1996)

1950-1951

Daisy Margaret Melanson

1951-1953

Joseph Grodecki (1925-2011)

1953

M. Kohut

1954

Francis Grey

1954-1958

William Glitnak

1958-1960

Harvey Benson

1960-1962

Henry Allan Wiebe

1962-1963

Ernie George Dyck

1963-1964

Abram Peters

1964-1965

Monroe Dean Doerksen

1965-1966

Patricia Benson

1966-1967

Olga Grouch

1967-1968

Percy Lawrence Fuz

1968-1969

Mr. A. H. Ali

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1948-1949

Aime Guilbert (grades 4-9, 1948), Robert Cameron Mulligan (grades 4-9, 1949), Kathleen Esther Thorpe (grades 1-3)

1949-1950

Rose Danylo (grades 1-3), Benny Zenon Orlins (grades 4-9)

1950-1951

Daisy Margaret Melanson (grades 4-9), Jean Elizabeth Young (grades 1-3)

1951-1952

Joseph Grodecki (grades 8-10), Daisy Margaret Melanson (grades 4-7), Marie J. Melanson (grades 1-3), Jean S. Williamson (grades 1-3, 1951)

1952-1953

Helen A. Giesbrecht (grades 1-4), Joseph Grodecki (grades 9-11), William K. “Bill” Schellenberg (grades 5-8)

1953-1954

Anne Antonchuk (grades 1-4), Francis Grey (grades 9-11, 1954), Joseph Grodecki (grades 9-11, 1953), M. Kohut (grades 9-11, 1953), Philip Felix Kozokowsky (grades 5-8)

1954-1955

William Gitnak (grades 9-11), Philip Felix Kozokowsky (grades 5-8), Helen Pankratz (grades 1-4)

1955-1956

William Gitnak (grades 9-12), William “Bill” Kartushyn (grades 3-4), Henry Andrew Michalow (grades 5-8), Shirley Anne Reid (grades 1-2)

1956-1957

William Gitnak (grades 9-12), Michael Kartushyn (grades 6-8), William “Bill” Kartushyn (grades 3-5), Daisy Margaret Melanson (grades 1-2), Lorette Tinguely (grades 1-2, 1956)

1957-1958

William Gitnak (grades 9-11), William “Bill” Kartushyn (grades 6-8), Daisy Margaret Melanson (grades 1-2), Anne Wallack (grades 3-5)

1958-1959

Harvey Benson (grades 9-11), Daisy Margaret Melanson (grades 1-2), Gilbert “Gil” Reimer (grades 5-8), Judy Ward (kindergarten - grade 2)

1959-1960

Harvey Benson (grades 9-11), Henry B. Esau (grades 6-8), Betty Goertzen (grades 3-5), Nellie Hnatiuk (kindergarten - grade 3)

1960-1961

Betty Goertzen (grades 3-5), Josephine Sinclair (grades 1-2, 1961), Nellie Smith (grades 1-2), Henry Allan Wiebe (grades 6-8)

1961-1962

Hilda Dyck (grades 3-5), Anna Steinunn (kindergarten - grade 2), Henry Allan Wiebe (grades 6-8)

1962-1963

Ernie George Dyck (grades 6-8), Tina Dyck (grades 3-5), Denise Evelyn Payment (grades 1-2)

1963-1964

Florence Dora Lisowik (grades 3-5), Barbara Lillian Truthwaite (grades 1-2), Abram Peters (grades 6-8)

1964-1965

Monroe Dean Doerksen (grades 4-8), Florence Dora Lisowik (grades 3-5, 1964), Barbara Lillian Truthwaite (grades 1-3), ? (grades 3-5, 1966)

1965-1966

Mary Andres (grades 1-2), Patricia Benson (grades 5-8), Concepcion A. Flores (grades 3-4)

1966-1967

Mary Andres (grades 1-2), Shirley Ann Falk (grades 3-4), Olga Grouch (grades 5-8)

1967-1968

Mary Andres (grades 1-2), Percy Lawrence Fuz (grades 5-8), Barbara Lillian Truthwaite (grades 3-4)

1968-1969

Mr. A. H. Ali (grades 4-5), Josephine Marie Laurans (grades 1-3)

1969-1970

Josephine Marie Laurans (grades 1-3)

1970-1971

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-2)

1971-1972

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

1972-1973

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

1973-1974

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-4)

1974-1975

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

1975-1976

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

1976-1977

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

1977-1978

Vera Irene Wylychenko (grades 1-3)

Among the other teachers of Hodgson School were ? (1920-1924), Josephine Gladys. Dunphy (1924), William Kristjanson (1924-1925), L. G. Francis (1925), Ervyn M. Houck (1925-1926), Stanley C. Bott (1926), Montague Shore (1926-1928), H. R. McCaw (1929-1930), Katherine Jean Fulton (1930-1932), Ernest Lorne Moffat (1932-1933), Edward Marshall Maguire (1933-1934), Olga Elsie Uhrynuik (1934-1936), Daniel Malofie (1936-1940), Paul Harry Rudiak (1940-1941), John M. Parsey (1941), Stephanie Winifred Malkowich (1941-1942), Sheila Joyce Hodkinson (1942), Judy L. Lucko (1943), Marjorie Anne Walker (1943), Eugenie Packulak McIvor (1943-1946), Josephine L. Lupkowski (1946-1947), and Kathleen Evelyn Torsky (1947-1948).

Photos & Maps

Hodgson pioneers monument in front of the former Hodgson School

Hodgson pioneers monument in front of the former Hodgson School (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.21437, W97.57196
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hodgsonville School No. 1835 (RM of Fisher)

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Hodgson School District No. 2044 Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2018

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