Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Falls South School No. 1346 (River Hills, RM of Whitemouth)
The Winnipeg Falls School District was established in June 1905 in the Rural Municipality of Whitemouth. In 1929, when construction of the Seven Sisters hydroelectric power dam commenced, the original schoolhouse was replaced by two structures: the Winnipeg Falls North School nearer to Seven Sisters and the other a two-room structure at this site in the community of River Hills. A third classroom was added to it in the 1950s. In 1967, the district became part of the Agassiz School Division. When the South School closed in 1968, the building was turned into a community hall.
The structure was gone at the time of a 2020 site visit.
Among the teachers who worked at Winnipeg Falls South School through the years were Murray Holmes (1928), Thelma Jean Dryborough (1929), John Gordon Tully (1932), Edward Alexander Mroz (1936, 1940), Miss McCullough (1939), Gladys Mooney (1945), Mrs. M. Peleshok (1950), Maria Warkentin (1954), Nonnie Peleshok (1957, wife of M. W. Peleshok), Marian Balness (1961), and Carolyn Klepatz (1964-1966).
Photos & Coordinates
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.
Trails to Rails to Highways edited by Bob Porth and Craig MacKenzie, Whitemouth Municipal Museum Society, 1979.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Winnipeg Falls School District No. 1346 (South School) - Daily Registers, GR0565, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.
Page revised: 26 September 2020