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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Melrose School No. 1039 / Melrose East School and Melrose Central School / Melrose School (RM of Springfield)

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The Melrose School District was established in September 1899 and one-room schoolhouses operated at NW25-12-5E in the Rural Municipality of Springfield, just west of Cooks Creek. The original building was a wood frame structure with a belltower and saw both classroom as well as community and church congregational use.

Following steady enrollment growth, in June 1916 the district commissioned a second one-room schoolhouse that became known as Melrose West School, and this location then took the name of Melrose East School [lesser known as East Melrose School]. At the same time, significant repairs were made to the original building, with a $2,000 debenture issued to cover the costs of the repairs and new Melrose West School.

In September 1917 the district issued a further $3,200 in debentures to finance yet-again expanding its capacity, adding a four-room 22 feet by 22 feet teacherage along with an additional classroom in the form of a second stand-alone building located nearby the first school. It opened around 1918. By the mid-1920s, the oldest schoolhouse was used for junior grades and known individually as Melrose East School, while the newer and larger senior schoolhouse became known as Melrose Central School. A Principal, who exclusively taught at Melrose Central School after 1924, oversaw the districts' three-school arrangement until 1951.

When the Melrose School District split in September 1951, the East School and Central School designations were largely discontinued in favour of a simplified Melrose School, although Melrose Continuation School sometimes used for the former Melrose Central School. The former Melrose West School became the Rose School District No. 2332. In 1965, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Oakbank Consolidated School District No. 2426 and later the Transcona Springfield School Division.

Principals

Period

Principal

1916-1920

?

1920-1921

E. S? [L?] Elmitt

1921-1922

Charles Foulsham Laine (1888-1945) [at Melrose West School]

1922-1923

E. J. Thomson

1923-1924

Frederick Webster Simms (1923-1924) [at Melrose West School]

1924

G. Jane Irwin

1925

Glenora Miller

1925-1926

Kathleen Goodchild

1926-1927

Eugenia Prygrocki

1927-1928

Blanche C. Hark

1928

Jessie Phyllis Leus

1928-1930

Mary Margaret Leus

1930-1931

Gladys Evelyn Horton

1931-1932

Bella Mary Sopchuk

1932-1933

Helen Bettina Frances

1933-1935

Ignatius Joseph Zaborniak (1902-1989)

1935-1941

Fred Theodore Klym (1907-1988)

1941

Frank W. Zaborniak

1941

May Irving Davidson

1941-1942

William Nazeravich

1942-1949

Dennis Nazeravich (1916-2010)

1949-1950

Gisele M. Ruel

1950-1954

Mytro “Tony” Onysko (1928-1992)

1954-1955

David Leonard Semenko

1955-1957

Donald Zaporzan

1957-1958

Viola M. Dale

1958-1959

Yvonne Hanson

1959-1960

Lorraine Ingeborg Oswald

1960-1961

Paul Kereliuk

1961-1962

Donald Alexander Bell

1962-1964

Lena Catherine Basiuk

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1912

Spring term only: M. W. Pilcha (February-April), M. M. Wark (May-June)

1912-1913

Anthony J. Palmer

1913-1914

Minnie J. Hensen (Fall 1913), Minnie Werseen (Spring 1914)

1914-1915

N. Boychuk

1915-1916

P. P. Shreyer

1916-1917

Annie C. Blackhall (grades 1-6)

1917-1918

Annie C. Blackhall (grades 1-6, Fall), Marjorie Hunter (grades 1-6, Spring)

1918-1919

Marjorie Hunter (grades ?), Mary J. Kinsella (grades ?)

1919-1920

Mary J. Kinsella (grades ?), Anna F. Lackmance (grades ?, Spring), S. G. Matheson (grades ?, Fall)

1920-1921

Muriel E. Paterson (grades 1-2), E. S? [L?] Elmitt (senior grades)

1921-1922

Marjorie M. Casey (grades 3-6 August-October; grades 1-6, November-June), Amelia Magdaline Laine (grades 1-2, August-October - wife of Charles Foulsham Laine)

1922-1923

Gladys V. McEwen (grades 1-2, November-June), E. J. Thomson (grades 1-8, September-October; grades 3-8, November-June)

1923-1924

Kate Livingstone (grades 1-2, January-June), Edith Mildred Simms (grades 3-8, January-June; wife of Frederick W. Simms)

1924-1925

G. Jane Irwin (grades 3-8, August-December), Kate Livingstone (grades 1-2), Glenora Miller (grades 3-8, January-June)

1925-1926

Kathleen Goodchild (grades 3-8), Kate Livingstone (grades 1-2)

1926-1927

M. Demchuk (grades 1-2, August-December), Emily Goodchild (grades 1-3, January-June), Eugenia Prygrocki (grades 3-8, August-December; grades 4-8, January-June)

1927-1928

Blanche C. Hark (grades 4-8), Violet Hark (grades 1-3, January-June), Islay McKinnell (grades 1-3, August-December)

1928-1929

Jessie Phyllis Leus (grades 4-7, August; grades 1-3, January-June), Mary Margaret Leus (grades 4-7, September-June), Marguerite Muriel Sharpe (grades 1-3, August-December)

1929-1930

Jessie Phyllis Leus (grades 1-3), Mary Margaret Leus (grades 4-8)

1930-1931

Gladys Evelyn Horton (grades 4-8), Helen Firth Tweedie (grades 1-3)

1931-1932

Ruth Carol (grades 1-3, August), Elizabeth Stanbury Ferguson (grades 1-3, November-June), Gladys Evelyn Horton (grades 4-9, August-October), Bella Mary Sopchuk (grades 4-9, November-June)

1932-1933

Elizabeth Stanbury Ferguson (grades 1-3), Helen Bettina Frances (grades 4-9)

1933-1934

Edward John Komodowski (grades 1-3), Ignatius Joseph Zaborniak (grades 4-9)

1934-1935

Fred Klym (grades 1-3), Ignatius Joseph Zaborniak (grades 4-8)

1935-1936

Fred Klym (grades 4-9), Ignatius Joseph Zaborniak (grades 1-3)

1936-1937

Fred Klym (grades 5-9), Frank W. Zaborniak (grades 1-4)

1937-1938

Fred Klym (grades 5-9), Frank W. Zaborniak (grades 1-4)

1938-1939

Fred Klym (grades 5-8), Frank W. Zaborniak (grades 1-4)

1939-1940

Fred Klym (grades 5-9), Frank W. Zaborniak (grades 1-4)

1940-1941

May Irving Davidson (grades 5-9, June), Fred Klym (grades 5-9, August-February), Bessie Ella May Robinson (grades 1-4, April-June), Frank W. Zaborniak (grades 1-4, August- March; grades 5-9, March-June)

1941-1942

Isabel Duffey (grades 1-4), William Nazeravich (grades 5-9)

1942-1943

Elaine Alexandra Kostiuk (grades 1-4), Dennis Nazeravich (grades 5-9)

1943-1944

Ann Maradyn (grades 1-3), Dennis Nazeravich (grades 5-8)

1944-1945

Adeline P. Duda (grades 1-4), Dennis Nazeravich (grades 5-9)

1945-1946

Dennis Nazeravich (grades 5-9), Stephanie Sawchuk (grades 1-4)

1946-1947

Donna Grapentine (grades 1-4), Dennis Nazeravich (grades 5-9)

1947-1948

Bernice M. Kowal (grades 1-6), Dennis Nazeravich (grades 7-10)

1948-1949

Dennis Nazeravich (grades 7-11), Helen Penner (grades 1-6)

1949-1950

Gisele M. Ruel (grades 7-10), Irene Imelda Ruel (grades 1-6)

1950-1951

Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 7-10), Edward Theodore Witoski (grades 1-6)

1951-1952

Robert Gordon Duff (grades 1-6), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 7-11)

1952-1953

Mary Onysko (grades 1-6), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 7-11)

1953-1954

William Alex Lebedeff (grades 1-6), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 7-11)

1954-1955

William Alex Lebedeff (grades 1-6), David Leonard Semenko (grades 7-11)

1955-1956

Donald Zaporzan (grades 7-11), Eileen Ruby Zaporzan (grades 1-6)

1956-1957

Donald Zaporzan (grades 7-11), Eileen Ruby Zaporzan (grades 1-6)

1957-1958

Viola M. Dale (grades 5-8), Julie Patricia Pikowick [Pikowich?] (grades 1-4)

1958-1959

Yvonne Hanson (grades 5-8), Julie Patricia Pikowick [Pikowich?] (grades 1-4)

1959-1960

Lorraine Ingeborg Oswald (grades 5-8), Shirley Parkes (grades 1-4)

1960-1961

Mary Kereliuk (grades 1-4), Paul Kereliuk (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Donald Alexander Bell (grades 5-8), Angeline Bernice Biedron (grades 1-4)

1962-1963

Lena Catherine Basiuk (grades 5-8), Angeline Bernice Biedron (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

Lena Catherine Basiuk (grades 5-8), Anne Dueck (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Phyllis Kwiatkowski (grades 1-8)

Photos & Maps

The original Melrose School / Melrose East School (left) and Melrose Central School (right)

The original Melrose School / Melrose East School (left) and Melrose Central School (right) (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 45.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.04747, W96.78550
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Melrose School No. 1039 / Melrose West School / Rose School No. 2332 (RM of Springfield)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Miles Macdonell Collegiate / Melrose Junior High School (757 Roch Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Summative half-yearly returns for school districts (A 0051), GR0571, Archives of Manitoba.

Corporate Security registered documents (ATG 0089), #19 School District of Melrose, GR12576, Archives of Manitoba.

Corporate Security registered documents (ATG 0089), #44 School District of Melrose, GR12576, Archives of Manitoba.

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Melrose School District No. 1039, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Melrose School District No. 1039 (Melrose East School & Melrose Central School) Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Melrose School District #1039 - Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

Springfield, 1st Rural Municipality in Manitoba, 1873-1973, Dugald Women’s Institute.

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.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2021

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