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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Martindale School No. 1457 (RM of Strathclair)

The Martindale School District was organized formally in April 1908. A school building operated at this site, NE24-17-21W in the Rural Municipality of Strathclair, until it closed in June 1958 and students in the area went to Sandy Lake Consolidated School No. 2370. The district was dissolved the following year. The former school building remains at the site, heavily encroached with trees, along with the associated barn where students could stable their horses during the day.

The teachers of Martindale School were Sid Smith (1908-1911), Theodore J. Marcuniew (1912), Margaret McKercher (1913, 1915), Grace Shalts (1913), V. E. Johnson (1914), S. McDowell (1915), M. L. Seebach (1915), Miss Haywood (1915), D. McKercher (1915), E. M. Scott (1916), Albert E. Harris (1916-1917), Margaret Underhill (1917-1918), C. W. Johnson (1919), Isabelle McDonald (1920), Gertrude Gardiner (1921), Alice Nixon (1921-1922), Andrew Hrudka (1922-1923), J. Nazarewich (1923), Stephen B. Walanczuk (1923-1924), Stephan Hyra (1924-1925), M. Saranchuk (1925-1926), Margaret Braschuk (1926-1927), A. R. Pateson (1927-1928), Ester McDonald (1928-1929), Mitilda Presunka (1929-1930), Emily M. Surby (1930-1931), Peter R. Simbalist (1931-1933), Ann Bodnar (1933-1938), William Raginski (1938-1943), John Zurbyk (1943-1944), Ann Pereski (1944-1945), Mrs. Ann Kristalovich (1945-1946), Nicholas Robenchuk (1946-1947), Olha Kowal (1947-1948), Don Koroscil (1948-1949), W. J. Sianchuk (1949-1955), Peter Tkatchuk (1955-1956), and Pearl Podruski (1956-1958).

Martindale School

Martindale School (no date) by W. C. Hartley
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 121.

Martindale School

Martindale School (circa 1910)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Outsize 142, Newdale Schools 1.

Martindale School

The former Martindale School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1329.

Martindale School

The former Martindale School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Martindale School

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

Site Location (lat/long): N50.47627, W100.23490
denoted by symbol on the map above


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 History of Sandy Lake and District, 1984. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.S32 His]

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: 14 August 2015

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