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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Malonton School No. 1653 (Malonton, RM of Armstrong)

The Malonton School District was established formally in February 1913 and the first school building, a one-room structure, was erected at 28-19-2E (in what later became the in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong) later that year. About five years later, another one-classroom school was built in Malonton, at 26-18-2E. Both were operated by the same school board, and were designated Malonton North and Malonton South, respectively. Teacherages were constructed at both sites. About 1955, Malonton North School closed, and the building and teacherage were sold and removed from the site in 1964. The Malonton South School closed in 1967 but, as of June 2019, its building still stands vacant at the site.

Among the noteworthy people who attended Malonton South School was Mark Smerchanski.

Malonton South School

Malonton South School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 10.

Former Malonton South School building

Former Malonton South School building (circa 1990)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 88.

Former Malonton South School building

Former Malonton South School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Malonton South School building

Interior of the former Malonton South School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Former Malonton South School building

Former Malonton South School building (June 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.57370, W97.21698
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

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.

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 Terry Turcan and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 July 2019

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