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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Marconi School No. 2085 (RM of Rossburn)

The Marconi School District was established formally in October 1921 and, the following year, a one-room schoolhouse (with an attached three-room teacherage at the rear of the building) was erected at NW23-20-23 W, in the Rural Municipality of Rossburn. The school closed in 1958 and its remaining students went to Ruska Rawa School No. 1260. The district was dissolved in 1966. The building stood vacant for several years. Designated a municipal historic site in 1990, it was restored as a museum in 1992.

The teachers who worked at Marconi School included Stephan H. Bellinsky (1922), Jacob Hlady (1922-1923), Peter Mitenko (1923-1924), John Nazerewicz (1924-1925), Basil Lazaruk (1925-1927), Mrs. Edith Bowman (1927-1928), J. S. A. Thomas (1928), Ronald Simpson (1928-1929), Oliver Clayton Bricker (1929-1930), Miss Laura Randall (1930-1931), Miss Caroline Shumanski (1931-1935), John Parsons (1935-1938), Mrs. Helen Antonation (1938-1940), Fred Letwin (1940-1941), Miss M. Radley (1941), Joseph Haluschak (1941-1942), Milton Chuchmuch (1942-1943), Mrs. Caroline Leschasin (1943-1944), Natalie Glushka (1944-1945, 1946), Audrey Kowalchuk (1945-1946), Mary Pawlust (1946-1947), Nadia Stechkewich (1947), Chris Krawchuk (1947-1948), Maurice Cucmak (1948-1949), Marion Badger (1949-1950), Mrs. Ann Prosyk (1950-1956), and Nick Kalyniuk (1956-1958).

Marconi School

Marconi School (no date) by J. B. Morrison
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 91.

Marconi School

The former Marconi School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1188.

Marconi School

The former Marconi School building (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Marconi School

Marconi School Teacherage (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Marconi School

Interior of Marconi School (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Marconi School

Interior of Marconi School (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Marconi School

Marconi School Toilets (June 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.73996, W100.57747
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


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.

On the Sunny Slopes of the Riding Mountains, A History of Rossburn and District, Volume 1 by Rossburn History Club, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.R78 Ont]

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 12 August 2015

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