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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Menisino School No. 1582 (Menisino, RM of Piney)

The Menisino School District was established in August 1911 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at 11-1-10E in the Rural Municipality of Piney. It became part of the Piney Municipal School District in 1936. The school closed in 1964 and, as of the late 1980s, the school building was standing vacant at NE35-1-10E. It is no longer present there.

The teachers who worked at Menisino School through the years were Helga Samson (1912-1913), A. J. Thorvilson (1913-1915), Marjorie Hobbs (1915-1916), Kathleen Lahaie (1916-1917), A. Brookler (1917-1918), L. Farquhar (1918-1919), Ida Moscovitz (1919-1920), Bertha Christensen (1920-1921), Doris Adcock (1921-1923), Mabel G. Williams (1923-1924), Elsie Bowling (1924-1925), Laura K. Courtney (1925-1926), Alice T. Murkar (1926-1928), Betty Kosasky (1928-1929), Gunda M. Jernberg (1929-1932), Lillian Anderson (1932-1935), May E. Emes (1935-1938), Gertrude M. Barnes (1938-1941), Marie Alexiuk (1941-1942), John Tanchak (1942-1943), Nettie Shydlowski (1943-1944), D. Kassien (1945-1946), Daniel Olynyk (1946-1948), Paul Alexiuk (1948-1949), Stanley Wepruk (1949-1950), Orest Watsyk (1950-1951), Paul Werestriuk (1951-1952), Helen Kozachenko (1952-1953), John Reimer (1953-1954), Lena Bachewich (1954-1955), Jean Werestriuk (1955-1956), John Giesbrecht (1956-1958, 1959-1960), Mary Thiessen (1958-1959), Gerald Marsh (1960-1962), Leanore Gurney (1962-1963), and Sonya Molakoff (1963-1964).

Menisino School

Menisino School (no date) by Clarence Moore
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 143.

The former Menisino School

The former Menisino School (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1024.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.08758, W96.13632
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.

Pine Valley Echoes: A History of Badger, Menisino and Piney by Piney Area History Book Committee, 1988. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.P55Pin]

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 Doris Hovorka (Sprague and District Historical Museum) and Willow Tkachuk for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2020

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