Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sarto School No. 1539 (RM of Hanover)
The Sarto School District was established in April 1910 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE10-5-6E in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. In 1968, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Hanover School Division. The former school building was sold for $250 and its teacherage and site were sold for $85. The school’s concrete foundation remained at the time of a 2015 site visit. A commemorative sign was erected in 2005-2006 by Bohdan “Bob” Osadchuk (1939-2006) and the District School Heritage Association.
The teachers who worked at Sarto School included Michael Karalash (1920-1921), G. G. Stonehouse (1921-1922), J. G. Paterson (1922), S. J. Weatherley (1923), P. S. Guenther (1923), Annie Porayko (1923-1924), Josephine B. Rudneski [Rudniski] (1924-1925), John Frank Boitson (1925-1928), Nicholas Andrusko (1928-1930 and night school), William Tanchak (1930-1932), Jacob W. Rempel (1932-1935), Emil Joseph Borsa (1935-1939), Paul Harry Rudiak (1939-1940), Maurice Karalnick (1940-1941), Lula Ironstar Squire (1941-1942), Donald A. Loewen (1942-1943), Anne Chubaty (1943-1945), Harry Ladobruk (1945-1946), Frank Corkal (1946-1947), John Klassen (1947-1948), Ellen Ward (1948-1949), Olga Slotiuk (1949-1950, 1950, 1965-1968), Isaac J. Warkentin (1950), Joanna Skarkun (1950-1951), William Kowalchuk (1951-1958), Bennie Shuvera (1958-1959), and Walter Bugera (1959-1965).
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, The Board of The Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985, ISBN 0-919673-93-7.
Obituary [John Frank Boitson], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1968, page 33.
Obituary [Bohdan “Bob” Osadchuk], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 January 2006.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Sarto School District No. 1539 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank Glen Klassen (EastMenn Historical Society) for providing information used here.
Page revised: 1 February 2023