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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sundown School No. 1820 / Sundown Village School (Sundown, RM of Stuartburn)

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The Sundown School District was established formally in March 1916 and a schoolhouse, built during the summer of 1916 by Case Stromberg, was originally located in the southeast corner of SE 1-2-9 East (around 49.09005, -96.25180) in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn. It was later relocated to the former station grounds of the Canadian Northern Railway at Sundown along the western side of NW 1-2-9 East. In 1949, this site became known as the Sundown Village School when a second school, Sundown South School, was established within the southern portion of the district. A new three-classroom school was built in 1952 based upon architectural designs of the Watchler Manufacturing Company of Winnipeg. In April 1967, the district was dissolved and the catchment area became part of the Boundary School Division. The school closed in the summer of 1970.

Principals

Period

Principal

1934-1936

Margaret Annie Witty Hassett (1914-2012)

1936-1938

Anna Dill Carson (1878-1964)

1938-1942

Benjamin Hodkinson (1864-1948)

1942-1943

John William Gross (1914-1994)

1943-1944

Mildred Eleanor Ginn?

1944

Edith Margaret Nugent

1944-1961

Walter Constantine Bilych (c1911-1984)

1961-1964

Myron Oryschuk

1964-1970

Metro “Matt” Drewniak (1937-2013)

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1934-1935

Anna Dill Carson (grades 1-3), Margaret Annie Witty (grades 4-9)

1935-1936

Anna Dill Carson (grades 1-2, 1935; grades 1-4, 1936), Margaret Annie Witty (grades 3-10, 1935; grades 4-10, 1936)

1936-1937

Anna Dill Carson (grades 7-11), John Eliuk (grades 1-6)

1937-1938

Anna Dill Carson (grades 7-11), John Eliuk (grades 1-6)

1938-1939

John Eliuk (grades 1-4), Benjamin Hodkinson (grades 5-11)

1939-1940

John Eliuk (grades 1-4), Benjamin Hodkinson (grades 5-11)

1940-1941

John Eliuk (grades 1-4), Benjamin Hodkinson (grades 5-11)

1941-1942

John Eliuk (grades 1-4), Benjamin Hodkinson (grades 4-11)

1942-1943

John William Gross (grades 5-10), Abram Wiebe (grades 1-4)

1943-1944

Mildred Eleanor Ginn? (grades 5-10), Norma Jean Houston (grades 1-4), Edith Margaret Nugent (grades 5-10, 1944), Myrtle Rusenel (grades 1-4, 1944)

1944-1945

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 5-11), Ida Podolsky (grades 1-4)

1945-1946

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 5-11), Ida Podolsky (grades 1-4)

1946-1947

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Ida Podolsky (grades 4-8), Nettie Cecilia Shydlowsky (grades 1-3)

1947-1948

Zenith Catherine Arseny (grades 1-3), Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Bohdan Harasym (grades 4-8)

1948-1949

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Bohdan Harasym (grades 5-8), Minnie Pearl Onyschuk (grades 1-4)

1949-1950

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Bohdan Harasym (grades 5-8), Zenith C. Harasym (grades 1-4)

1950-1951

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Bohdan Harasym (grades 5-8), Zenith C. Harasym (grades 1-4)

1951-1952

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), Elizabeth Bilych (grades 1-4, 1952 substitute), Bohdan Harasym (grades 5-8), Jean Koshelanyk (grades 1-4)

1952-1953

Andrew Alexiuk (grades 4-8), Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 1-3)

1953-1954

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 4-8), Mary Kereliuk (grades 1-3)

1954-1955

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 4-8), Paul Kereliuk (grades 1-3)

1955-1956

Nettie Cecilia Bereziuk (grades 1-3), Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 4-8)

1956-1957

Nettie Cecilia Bereziuk (grades 1-3), Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 4-8)

1957-1958

Jean Alexiuk (grades 1-4), Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8)

1958-1959

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1959-1960

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1960-1961

Walter Constantine Bilych (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1961-1962

John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Myron Oryschuk (grades 9-11), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1962-1963

John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Myron Oryschuk (grades 9-11), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Myron Oryschuk (grades 9-11), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1965-1966

Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 9-11), John Eliuk (grades 5-8), Eva Waskiul (grades 1-4)

1966-1967

Nell Pauline Chobotar (grades 1-2), Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 6-8), John Eliuk (grades 5-6), Eva Waskiul (grades 3-4)

1967-1968

Nell Pauline Chobotar (grades 1-2), Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 6-8), John Eliuk (grades 5-6), Eva Waskiul (grades 3-4)

1968-1969

Nell Pauline Chobotar (grades 1-2), Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 6-8), John Eliuk (grades 5-6), Eva Waskiul (grades 3-4)

1969-1970

Nell Pauline Chobotar (grades 1-2), Metro “Matt” Drewniak (grades 6-8), John Eliuk (grades 5-6), Iris Rose Happychuk (grades 3-4)

Among the other teachers of Sundown School / Sundown Village School were Lyle J. S. Dereck (1916-1918), Grace Peacock (1919), Miss C. Johnston Christine (1919-1920), C. M. Avery Jones (1920-1922), Emma E. Lewis (1922-1924), O. A. Wursten (1924-1925), John Ference (1925), Lela Reed (1925), J. S. Wood (1926), Zella Arthur (1926), Msr. M. McClure (1926), Kathleen Grier (1927), Mrs. Adolfson (1927), Frank Bowman (1928), Leo Fisher (1928-1929), Leslie E. Grace (1929-1930), Mrs. A. E. Packer (1930), Eugenia Tkachyk (1931-1933), and Lillian Elizabeth Nicholin (1933-1934).

Photos & Maps

Sundown School

The old (left) Sundown School and new (right) Sundown School (December 1967)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba Local Government Boundaries Commission,
File 176 Sundown School.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.10059, W96.26923
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sundown School No. 1820 / Sundown South School (RM of Stuartburn)

Sources:

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

Schools in Manitoba - Volume 2, Sundown School - File 176, Local Government Boundaries Commission, March 1968, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1280 - Sundown School District - Permanent, GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

Trustee records regarding geographically remote schools directly administered by Department (E 0166), File 1280 - Sundown School District - Blueprints for School, GR1206, Archives of Manitoba.

School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Sundown School District No. 1820, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Sundown School District No. 1820 Daily Registers (Sundown School / Sundown Village School), GR2088, 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 Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 15 April 2018

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