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Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Polsen School No. 1523 (RM of Armstrong)

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The North Polsen School District was established in February 1910 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW15-18-1E in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its area became part of the Lakeshore School Division. The former school building was sold and only some concrete remnants remain at the site.


School Year



J. Bruce Day (grades 2-7, 1921), Jan Geneja (grades 2-7, 1920), D. M. Hawryluk (grades 1-2, 1920), Norman D. Lysle Robb (grades 1-2, 1921)


J. Bruce Day (grades 3-7, 1921), A. M. Humeny (grades 1-2, 1922), Norman D. Lysle Robb (grades 1-2, 1921), M. M. Russin (grades 3-7, 1922)


S. H. Bilinsky (grades 1-6, 1923), D. Fyles (grades 1-2, 1923), N. A. George (grades 3-8, 1922 substitute), G. H. Grescoe (grades 3-8, 1923), M. B. Pearl Sparling (grades 3-8)


D. Fyles (grades 1-2), G. H. Grescoe (grades 3-6)


Gordon M. Stinson (grades 1-2), John M. Hawryluk (grades 3-6)


Mabel Nelson (grades 3-7), S. Spicer (grades 1-2)


H. Fjeldsted (grades 1-2, 1926), Grace Kasper (grades 3-8, 1927), M. McNevin (grades 3-8, 1927), Mabel Nelson (grades 3-8, 1926), Nellie Tosh (grades 1-2, 1927)


Ivy Hinchliffe (grades 1-3), Anne Saunders (grades 4-8)


Catherine J. Fisher (grades 1-3, 1928), Hermine Lucille Hinds (grades 1-3, 1929), Evangeline Swales Martin (grades 1-3, 1928), ? (senior grades)


Margaret F. Jackson (grades 1-2, 1929; grades 1-2, 5-6, 1930), Edith May Rust (grades 4-5, 7-8, 1930)


Myrtle Gladys Brooks (grades 1-3), Edith May Rust (grades 3-8)


Myrtle Gladys Brooks (grades 1-3), Edith May Rust (grades 3-8)


Edith May Rust (grades 3-9), Kathleen Pearl Rust (grades 1-3)


Edith May Rust (grades 4-8), Kathleen Pearl Rust (grades 1-4)


Edith May Rust (grades 4-8), Meta Marion Kelly (grades 1-4)


Lillian F. Howe (grades 1-4), Meta Marion Kelly (grades 4-8)


Lillian F. Howe (grades 1-4), Meta Marion Kelly (grades 4-8)


Tom Chesley (grades 1-3), ? (grades 4-8)

Among the other teachers who worked at North Polsen School through the years were Bessie Slyzuk (1919), E. Rust, M. Brooks, M. Kelly, K. Rust, Anthony B. Romanov (1912), Michael Karalash (1914), W. J. Magwood (1914-1915), D. E. Dragan (1915), Claire M. Mallinsou (1916), Joseph A. Graban (1916-1917), N. J. Walcyk (1917), Bessie P. Slyziuk (1917-1918), A. R. Hawryluk (1919), John A. Mazur (1919-1920), Tom Chesley (1938-1943), Helen Katherine Romaniuk Klowak (1943-1944, 1955-1962), Lena Leochko (1944-1945), Mary Kolach (1945-1947), Margaret Martha Glowachuk (1947-1948), John Mueller (1948-1955), Vera Heykin Shupenia (1962-1964, 1964-1966), Peter J. Blahey (1964), and Harry Kosowan (1966-1967).

Photos & Coordinates

North Polsen School

North Polsen School (1950s-1960s) by George O. Hinds
Source: George Hinds Archive

Former site of North Polsen School

Former site of North Polsen School (June 2019)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.53699, W97.39053
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: South Polsen School No. 1523 (RM of Rockwood)


Gimli West topographic map, 62I/11 West, Edition 2 ASE, 1958, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

Rural Manitoba by George O. Hinds.

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.

The Interlake Beckoned: A History of Inwood and Surrounding Districts by Inwood History Book Committee, 1980. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.I59 Int]

Manitoba School Records Collection, Polsen School District #1523 - Daily Registers, GR11220, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 September 2019

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