Historic Sites of Manitoba: Duck River School No. 2021 (RM of Mountain)

The Duck River School District was organized formally in January 1920 and a school bulding was erected on the northeast quarter of 32-33-20 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Mountain. The district was dissolved when its area became part of the Duck Mountain School Division in 1967, and the school closed. The original school building and its teacherage were still standing at the time of a 2012 site visit but the school was gone by late 2016.

The teachers of Duck River School were John Lemkay (1922), Olele Evangeline Belliveau (1922-1923), D. Black (1924-1925), George A. Harris (1925-1926), Harriett Scarlett Souris (1926-1927), Sylvia Stillman (1927-1928), Annie Jerowsky (1928-1929), F. Brisson (1929-1930), Henry Herbert McKeen (1930-1931), Nick Stokotelny (1931-1932), Joseph Jankiewicz (1932-1933), Ann J. Salamand (1933-1934), Steve Pidskalny (1934-1936), Mary Swirski (1936-1937), Stella Howelko (1937-1938), Catherine Kissuk (1938-1940), Peter Rudy (1940-1944), Myrtle C. Overby (1944-1945), Amelia Tycholiz (1945-1946), Thomas Kalichuk (1946-1947), Lydia Tilman (1947-1948), Florence Kostiuk (1948-1949), Ann Berezowecki (1949-1950), Valentine Kovachuk (1950-1951), Nadia Marmach (1951-1952), Florence Nakonechny (1952-1953), Victoria Hucaluk (1953-1954), Mary Huska (1954-1955), Nadia Ziolkoski (1955-1956), Hattie Hetherington (1956-1957), Leonard Boychuk (1957-1958), Alex Saprovich (1958-1959), Isabelle Ortman (1959-1960), Mary Kostyshyn (1959-1960), Fred McKim (1960-1962), Sylvia Bartko (1962-1963), Nester Serwa (1963-1964), Florence Swintak (1964-1965, wife of Miron Swintak), and Dennis Chartrand (1965-1967).

Duck River School

Duck River School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 79.

The former Duck River School building

The former Duck River School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 849.

The former Duck River School and Teacherage

The former Duck River School and Teacherage (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Duck River School

The former Duck River School (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the former Duck River School

Interior of the former Duck River School (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Duck River Teacherage

Duck River Teacherage (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Duck River Teacherage

Duck River Teacherage (September 2016)
Source: Holly Thorne

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.89610, W100.25084
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

Hardships to Happiness: History Flows from Pine River and District by Pine River History Committee, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.P60 Har]

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 Holly Thorne and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 October 2019

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