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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brokenhead School No. 472 (Brokenhead, RM of Brokenhead)

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The Brokenhead School District was organized formally in August 1886 and a schoolhouse was built on the farmstead of John Acaster the following year, though the building was later abandoned. A second one-room school building was built in 1907 and operated on the southwest quarter of 6-15-8 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead. This second structure was expanded, adding another classroom some time prior to 1919. In 1926, that school was destroyed in a fire, and a new third school was built to replace it. In March 1942, that two-room schoolhouse was also destroyed in a fire and classes were held in a community hall until a new $2,000 building replaced it.

In the summer of 1941, a $3,000 debenture was approved to build a one-room schoolhouse to service the eastern part of the district. It was known as the Brokenhead East School. Initial calls for it to be an independent school district were rejected, so it operated within the Beausejour School District into the 1960s. To aid in its distinction, the Brokenhead School facility was informally called Brokenhead West School.

In 1966, it became Brokenhead Consolidated School No. 2436 when it consolidated with Greenwald School No. 1160 and Mars School No. 1774. The school later closed and the building was used for a time as a community centre. It sat vacant for several years before being renovated into a private residence.





Thomas Patrick King (1873-1954)


Felix Joseph Kulyk [Kulick] (1911-1995)


Alexandra Vladimira Krett “Alice” Korchik (1909-1995)


Felix Joseph Kulyk [Kulick] (1911-1995)


Edward Alexander Mroz (1908-2001)


Teenie Evelyn Kozier Kozyra (1908-1964)


John Morris Stokotelny (1925-1972)


Mike B. Biluk


William Ferens


Stephen David Bahry (1914-2011)


Arlene Nancy Zielke


D. M. Coates




Joan Murash


Eugene Michalow





Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)


Alexandra Krett (grades 7-11), Daniel B. “Dan” Krucik [Krucyk?] (grades 1-6)


Alexandra Krett (grades 7-11), Daniel B. “Dan” Krucik [Krucyk?] (grades 1-6)


Harry Paul Beally (grades 1-4), Elsie Born (grades 1-7, at Brokenhead East School), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Daniel B. “Dan” Krucik [Krucyk?] (grades 5-8), Felix Joseph Kulyk (grades 9-11)


Ella June Bilan (grades 1-4), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)


Ella June Bilan (grades 1-4), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 5-8), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)


Ella June Bilan (grades 1-3), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 4-8), Mary Mosquin (grades 1-7, at Brokenhead East School), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 9-11)


Ella June Bilan (grades 1-3), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-11), Olga Nychek (grades 1-3)


E. R. Beally (grades 1-4, August substitute), Sophie Julia Galka (grades 5-8), E. M. Hutsal (grades 1-4, September-June), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-11)


Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 9-12), Jennie Eugenie Senicie (grades 1-8)


Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-12, August-January; grades 9-12, January-June), Grace E. Stevens (grades 1-4, January-June), Stella Zubatiuk (grades 1-6, August-January; grades 5-8, January-June)


Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11), Stella Zubatiuk (grades 1-6)


Doreen Joyce Dutchak (grades 1-6), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11)


Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11), Mary Molinski (grades 1-6)


George Bilan (grades 1-6), Teenie Evelyn Kozyra (grades 7-11)


Evelyn Rose Basiuk (grades 1-6), John Morris Stokotelny (grades 7-11)


Nellie Angeline Lapchinsky (grades 1-6), John Morris Stokotelny (grades 7-11)


Mike B. Biluk (grades 7-11), Nellie Angeline Lapchinsky (grades 1-6)


William Ferens (grades 8-11), Stella Shumila (grades 1-7)


William Ferens (grades 9-11), Stella Shumila Zubatiuk (grades 1-8)


Helen J. Bergen (grades 1-8), William Ferens (grades 9-11)


Stephen Bahry (grades 9-11), Helen J. Bergen (grades 1-8)


Mary Jean Irene Gunn (grades 1-8), Joseph William Ernest Lawrence (grade 9), Arlene Nancy Zielke (grades 9-11)


Joan Murash (grades 1-7), Mary Rak (grades 2-8, at Brokenhead East School)


Joan Murash (grades 1-8)


Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4), Joan Murash (grades 5-8)


Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)


Erna MBauschke ichalow (grades 1-4), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)


Emily Kirner (grades 1-4, April-June), Erna Bauschke Michalow (grades 1-4, August-April), Eugene Michalow (grades 5-8)


Eugene Michalow (grades 4-8), Arlene Nancy Rattai (grades 1-3)


Eugene Michalow (grades 7-8), Sharon Rose Rattai (grades 4-6), ? (grades 1-3)

Among the other teachers who taught at Brokenhead School was Edith Schantz Pierce.

Photos & Coordinates

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (1919)
Source: Library and Archives Canada, Department of Mines and Technical Surveys,
PA-018143, MIKAN No. 3303963.

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 66.

Brokenhead School

Brokenhead School (no date) by J. H. Plewes
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 66.

The former Brokenhead School building, in use as a community centre

The former Brokenhead School building, in use as a community centre (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 188.

The former Brokenhead school building

The former Brokenhead school building (March 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.23976, W96.48921
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba - 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982.

And They Built an Altar: The History and Heritage of the Brokenhead Lutheran Community by The Brokenhead Lutheran Historical Society, 1983.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Brokenhead School District No. 472 - Daily Registers, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

Municipal borrowing files (MA 0039), Brokenhead School District No. 472, GR1799, Archives of Manitoba.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

We thank Victoria Mosquin Olchowecki for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 May 2023

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