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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thalberg North School No. 2270 (RM of St. Clements)

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The Thalberg North School District was organized formally in June 1936, having been created from land split off from the Thalberg School and other adjacent districts, and a schoolhouse operated at SE29-16-8E in the Rural Municipality of St. Clements. A teacherage was built on the property around 1940.

In 1947, a second classroom was added to the original structure, used for classes in grades 7 to 11, while students in grades 1 to 6 met in the original classroom. During the 1959-1960 school year, student enrollment had increased sufficiently that a separate one-classroom building was built at the northeast corner of the school yard. It was used as a second high school classroom and, later, as an elementary classroom.

The high school closed in June 1961 and thereafter senior students were bused to Beausejour. Students in grades 1 to 8 were accommodated in the two-room building and the separate one-room building was unused until being converted into a teacherage in 1963.

In 1966, Thalberg South School and Gull Lake School were closed and their students were bused here. Another school building was moved to the site and used for classes until 1970. The district was dissolved in 1968 and its catchment area became part of the Agassiz School Division. with the school remaining in operation until the summer of June 1971. All students were bused to Beausejour.

No vestige of the former school remains at the site.

Principals

Period

Principal

1947-1948

Evan Nelson Stitt

1948-1949

Orest Laurent Shewchuk

1949-1955

William Ferens

1955-1956

John Morris Stokotelny (1925-1972)

1956-1959

Harry Shafransky (1930-1986)

1959-1960

none

1960-1961

Margaret Klassen

1961-1966

none

1966-1967

Dennis Paul Kozak

1967-1968

Margaret Ann Stubel

1968-1971

Catherine Lesosky

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

Before 1936

See Thalberg South School

1936-1937

Mary Kathleen Waychok

1937-1938

Mary Kathleen Waychok

1938-1939

Mary Kathleen Waychok

1939-1940

Walter C. Malenchak

1940-1941

Walter C. Malenchak

1941-1942

Anthony A. Allegaert

1942-1943

L. R. Rogozinski (Spring 1943), Peter David Tymchuk (Fall 1942)

1943-1944

Jennie Eugenia Senicie

1944-1945

Jennie Eugenia Senicie

1945-1946

Jennie Eugenia Senicie

1946-1947

Eldora Ann Reicksiedler

1947-1948

Isaac Froese (grades 1-6), Doris Vivian McJohnston (grades 1-6, 1947), Evan Nelson Stitt (grades 7-11)

1948-1949

Orest Laurent Shewchuk (grades 7-11), Catherine Lesosky (grades 1-6, 1948), Kenneth Conrad Norell (grades 1-6)

1949-1950

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Herbert Fransen (grades 1-6)

1950-1951

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Catherine Lesosky (grades 1-6)

1951-1952

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Gloria Kuhn (grades 1-6)

1952-1953

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Tiena Victoria Warkentin (grades 1-6)

1953-1954

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Tiena Victoria Warkentin (grades 1-6)

1954-1955

William Ferens (grades 7-11), Verla M. Lewis (grades 1-6)

1955-1956

Sonia Pauline M. Podolsky (grades 1-6), John Morris Stokotelny (grades 7-11)

1956-1957

Harry Shafransky (grades 7-11), Laura Johanna Thorarinson (grades 1-6)

1957-1958

Jeanette I. E. Lacey (grades 1-6), Harry Shafransky (grades 7-10)

1958-1959

Jeanette I. E. Lacey (grades 1-8), Harry Shafransky (grades 9-12)

1959-1960

Julia M. Thorarinson (grades 1-8)

1960-1961

Verna Nettie Funk (grades 1-4), Margaret Klassen (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Adolph Richard Rattai (grades 1-8)

1962-1963

Adolph Richard Rattai (grades 1-8)

1963-1964

Henry Warkentin (grades 1-8)

1964-1965

Dennis Paul Kozak (grades 1-8)

1965-1966

Dennis Paul Kozak (grades 1-8)

1966-1967

Dennis Paul Kozak (grades 5-8), Ed. L. Patzer (grades 1-4)

1967-1968

Arlene Spence (grades 1-3), Margaret Ann Stubel (grades 4-6)

1968-1969

Catherine Lesosky (grades 3-4), Theresa Ann Leskosky (grades 1-2), Margaret Ann Stubel (grades 5-6)

1969-1970

Catherine Lesosky (grades 3-4), Theresa Ann Leskosky (grades 1-2), Margaret Ann Stubel (grades 5-6)

1970-1971

Mary Goritz (grades 1-3), Catherine Lesosky (grades 4-6)

The other teachers of Thalberg North School were Mary Kathleen Waychok (1936-1939), Walter Charlie Malenchak (1939-1941), Anthony Alphonse Allegaert (1941-1942), Peter David Tymchuk (1942-1943), Herman L. R. Rogozinsky (1943), Jennie Eugenia Senicie (1943-1946), and Eldora Ann Reicksiedler (1946-1947).

Photos & Coordinates

Thalberg North School

Thalberg North School (1946-1947)
Source: Brian Lesko

The expanded Thalberg North School with the high school addition at left

The expanded Thalberg North School with the high school addition at left (no date)
Source: Brian Lesko

Thalberg North School teacherage

Thalberg North School teacherage (1946-1947)
Source: Brian Lesko

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.38620, W96.44609
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Thalberg South School No. 1411 (RM of St. Clements)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gull Lake School No. 2269 (RM of St. Clements)

Personal Memoirs: Thalberg School and Thalberg North School History (1907-1971) by Brian Lesko (February 2021)

Personal Memoirs: Thalberg North School Days During the 1950s and 1960s by Brian Lesko (February 2021)

Sources:

School District Formation Files [Thalberg North School District No. 2270], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Thalberg North School District No. 2270 Daily Registers, GR0565, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Thalberg North School District No. 2270 Daily Registers, GR9480, 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.

East Side of the Red, 1884-1984 by St. Clements Historical Committee, 1984.

We thank Brian Lesko for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 February 2021

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