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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Plum Ridge School No. 959 (RM of Rockwood)

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The Plum Ridge School District was organized formally in June 1898 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SW29-17-3E in the Rural Municipality of Rockwood. A new schoolhouse was built during the summer of 1916 by local contractor Michael Gottfried at a cost of $1,575. The district was dissolved in 1967 and its catchment area became part of the Interlake School Division.

Principals

Period

Principal

1917

John Watcyk

1917-1918

C. V. Dicks

1918

E. W. Mills

1918

Andrew Hrudka

1918-1919

J. Sibinski

1919-1922

Stephen Nykyforuk (1892-1974)

1922-1925

Jacob J. Lysecki

1925-1926

Nicholas Punak

1926-1928

William Chimchak (1902-1981)

1928-1929

Marie Prygrocki

1929-1930

Annie Segall

1930-1933

William Chimchak (1902-1981)

1933-1934

William Yakimischak (1906-1988)

1934-1937

Paul Ivan Nykorchuk

1937-1941

George Lecoq (1905-2000)

1941-1943

Edward Alva Chesley (1911-1995)

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1917-1918

C. V. Dicks (grades 4-6), E. W. Mills (grades 4-6, 1918), John Watcyk (grades 4-6, 1917)

1918-1919

Andrew Hrudka (grades 6-8, 1918), Stephen Nykyforuk (grades 6-8, 1919), J. Sibinski (grades 6-8), ? (grades 1-4)

1919-1920

Stephen Nykyforuk (grades 4-8)

1920-1921

Stephen Nykyforuk (grades 4-8)

1921-1922

M. J. Chuptyk (grades 1-3), Stephen Nykyforuk (grades 4-8)

1922-1923

Jacob J. Lysecki (grades 4-8)

1923-1924

Jacob J. Lysecki (grades 4-8)

1924-1925

Jacob J. Lysecki (grades 4-8)

1925-1926

Nicholas Punak (grades 4-8)

1926-1927

William Chimchak (grades 4-8)

1927-1928

William Chimchak (grades 4-8)

1928-1929

Marie Prygrocki (grades 4-8)

1929-1930

Annie Segall (grades 4-8)

1930-1931

William Chimchak (grades 4-8)

1931-1932

William Chimchak (grades 4-8)

1932-1933

William Chimchak (grades 4-8)

1933-1934

William Yakimischak (grades 5-9)

1934-1935

Paul Ivan Nykorchuk (grades 5-10)

1935-1936

Paul Ivan Nykorchuk (grades 5-10)

1936-1937

Michael Doroschuk (grades 1-4), Paul Ivan Nykorchuk (grades 5-10)

1937-1938

George Lecoq (grades 5-10)

1938-1939

George Lecoq (grades 5-10)

1939-1940

George Lecoq (grades 5-10)

1940-1941

George Lecoq (grades 5-10)

1941-1942

Edward Chesley (grades 5-10)

1942-1943

Mrs. Nellie E. Chesley (grades 1-4), Edward Chesley (grades 5-10)

Among the other teachers of Plum Ridge School were Ida Doris Simpson (1943-1944), Tom Chesley (1944-1947), Nicholas Andrusko (1947-1951), Peter Budzinsky (1951-1955), Lawrence Suchar (1955-1956), Melvin Bodnarus (1956-1959), Mrs. E. Yurchi (1959-1960), Walter Diachun (1960-1961), John B. Enns (1961-1962), Mrs. Phyllis Ann Rodych (1962-1963), Walter Michael Sorokoski (1963-1965), Irene Eva Sohan (1965-1966), and Mrs. Julia F. Chatfield (1966-1967).

Photos & Maps

The old Plum Ridge School

The old Plum Ridge School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 30.

The new Plum Ridge School

The new Plum Ridge School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 30.

Site Location (lat/long): N50.47783, W97.15988
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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

School District Formation Files (E 0027), Plum Ridge School District No. 959, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Plum Ridge School District No. 959 Daily Registers, GR2046 Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Plum Ridge School District No. 959 Minute Books, GR2043 Archives of Manitoba.

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 Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 April 2019

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