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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Prefontaine School No. 2189 (RM of Tache)

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The Prefontaine School District was established formally in October 1928, replacing a private school that had operated nearby. A school building was erected on the southwest corner of the southwest quarter of 10-8-4 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Tache. Construction was supported by the issue of debentures held by Edmund Prefontaine of St. Pierre-Jolys. It was destroyed during the 1938-1939 school year and was replaced. On 22 November 1960, the school burned again. A temporary structure was erected at the site and leased from C. T. Loewen & Sons Limited until a two-classroom replacement could be constructed in the spring of 1961. It was used until 1968 when the school closed upon amalgamation with the Hanover Unitary School Division. The site and its building were sold and renovated for use as a restaurant.

Principals

Period

Principal

1961-1962

Nicolai David “Nick” Unrau

1962-1963

Walter Albert Foth

1963-1966

Peter Thiessen

1966-1967

Cornelius Hiebert

1967-1968

Winston Penner

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1961-1962

Nicolai David “Nick” Unrau (grades 1-8, 1961; grades 4-8), Tina Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1962-1963

Walter Albert Foth (grades 5-8), Tina Wiebe (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

Peter Thiessen (grades 5-8), Tina Wiebe (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Peter Thiessen (grades 5-8), Tina Wiebe (grades 1-4)

1965-1966

Dorothy Margaret Friesen (grades 1-4), Peter Thiessen (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Cornelius Hiebert (grades 5-8), Irma Reimer (grades 1-4)

1967-1968

Winston Penner (grades 5-8), Shirley Plett (grades 1-4)

Among the other teachers Prefontaine School were Jessie Peters (1947), William Brown, Mrs. Stan Reimer, Miss J. Peters (1950-1951), Jake Enns (1951-1953), W. Braun (1953-1956), Rudy Klassen (1956-1958), Betty Froese (1958-1960), Nicolai David “Nick” Unrau (1960-1961).

Photos & Coordinates

The second Prefontaine School building, built in 1961

The second Prefontaine School building, built in 1961 (c1968)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba School Records Collection, GR2656,
Hanover School Division Collection #73, Series 2, Prefontaine School District #2189.

The second Prefontaine School building

The second Prefontaine School building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba School Records Collection, GR2656,
Hanover School Division Collection #74, Series 2, Prefontaine School District #2189.

The former Prefontaine School building

The former Prefontaine School building (April 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.63565, W96.97969
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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.

Schools - Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division, 1878-1968 by John K. Schellenberg, Steinbach: The Board of the Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Prefontaine School No. 2189 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Prefontaine School No. 2189 Minute Book, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Prefontaine School No. 2189 Cash Book, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Prefontaine School No. 2189 Miscellaneous Records, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 February 2021

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