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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grahamville School No. 2213 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The Grahamville School District was organized formally in January 1930. It operated a one-room wood frame school building on the southwest quarter of 13-37-24 west of the Principal Meridian in the Rural Municipality of Minitonas. The school land was donated by Howard Graham and the building was built by the Graham brothers and their neighbours. It closed in 1967. The building is no longer present at the site but a monument, erected in 1996, commemorates it.

The teachers of Grahamville School included Miss Dorothy Jefferson, Mrs. George Graham, Miss Helen Miller, Mrs. Lorraine Smith, Effie Frazer, Mrs. Gladys McLaughlin, Mr. Diamond, Mrs. McKinley, Helen Leggitt, Ray Hooper, Jack Debenen, Isaac Giesbrecht, Bill Francis, Nora Hart, Stella Strank, Frances Mawhawski, Bennie Zoluski, Lucy Naherny, Frank Fred Boychuk, Murray Ronalds, Barrett, Frances Tolpa-Romak, Alex Klimchuk, Samuel Yaremchuk, Bill Maslechko, Leonard Bartko, Kay Hopkins, and Julie Gryba.

Grahamville School

Grahamville School (circa June 1930) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 116.

Grahamville School commemorative monument

Grahamville School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.17273, W100.91768
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.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

Obituary [Frank Fred Boychuk], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 2020.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 March 2020

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