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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ardal School No. 1292 (Arborg)

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The Ardal School District was organized formally in June 1904 although classes had begun informally 1903 in the first community hall located one mile west of Arborg (at the time part of the Rural Municipality of Bifrost) on River Lot 14. In 1905, a school was built in Arborg, just east of the railway tracks. It was replaced in 1912 by a new two-classroom structure located just east of David Avenue.

A four-room school building was destroyed by fire on 16 January 1950. Before a seven-room replacement was constructed later that year, classes were held in the Arborg Community Hall and the Federated Church. The Arborg Collegiate opened in 1961, with additional classroom space used in the Arborg Town Hall.

In 1966, the school district became part of the Arborg Consolidated School District No. 2441.





William Skidmore (c1885-?)


Frederick Ladlay “Fred” Bousfield (1865-1957)


H. S. Einarson


Karl Baldwin Thorkelson (1896-?)


John Ensworth Morison (1896-1983)


Jon Kristinn Laxdal (1900-1971)


Walter Thorvaldur Fredrickson (1907-1974)


Franz Julius Solmundson (1907-1989)


Elin Salome Halldorson (1887-1970)


Claude Amnesty Joyce (1908-1997)


Michael John Mazur (1913-2011)


Albert Lionel “Ab” Richardson (1910-1982)


B. P. Giesbrecht


Frank U. Dyck


Miss Sigurlanag S. Johnson


George Lysak (1932-2021)


School Year



George Lysack, Lorna Martin, Lorraine Reznik, Bernice Finnson, Victor Borgford, Tony Sorokowski, Wayne Hess, Kris Gudmondson, Ruth Falk, Ellen Borgfjord, Florence Lisowick, Patricia Robertson, Mary Solar, Julia Bidochka, Joe Gula, Gordon Bardarson, N. Surminski

Among the other teachers who worked at Ardal School were Bjorn I. Sigvaldason (1904, 1906-1907, later Reeve of the RM of Bifrost), Dr. J. P. Palsson (1905-1906), Mr. I. W. S. Duncan (1907-1908), Mr. M. O. Gudmundson (1908-1909), Miss Olson (1909-1910), Miss K. Skulason, Miss O. Johnson, Miss Kerr (1964-1965), Miss Bardal (1964-1965), Helga Bardal, Mrs. Null, Mr. Null, Mabel Joseph, Kitty Prout, Murial Guppy, Elma Killington, Margaret Chalmers, Miss McKelvy, Miss Louck, Charles H. Egan, Ruth Swanson, Miss Pronto, Mr. Holmes, Mrs. Holmes, Jonasina Stefanson, Miss L. Johannesson, K. Hallson, Ella Wood (1916), Ingibjorg Peturson, C. J. Wood, Emma Sigurdson (1916), Laura Sigurjonson, H. G. Laycup, J. K. Laxdal, Olga Podolick, Amelia Julius, Lenore Denby, Sella Johnson, Margaret Sigurdson, S. Boyanowski, Josephine Olafson, Ingibjorg Jakobsson, Einar Einarsson, L. Magnusson, M. E. Foster, G. W. Denstedt, S. Halldorson, Hildur Arnason, Mary Foster, William Dueck, Ellen Borgfjord, Helga Gudmundson, F. Nicolson, P. Mudery, M. J. Mazur, Anne Prychun, Mary Bielek, Metta Thorkelson, Gladys Arnold, A. L. Richardson, Mrs. Richardson, Olga Podolick, Kristin Skulason, Mary Shebeski, Mrs. MacEachern, Mrs. Rose Podruski, Donald Bjornson, Frank Dyck, Agnes Small, Miss Dickson, Mrs. P. Stanger, H. J. Vanselau, John Allan Clarke, Florence Lisowick, Kristin Sigvaldason, Robert Amidee Contin, Skuli Bodvarson, Kristin Johnson, Lucien Lacroix, Harry Hryhorka, Mr. Kristolovich, Emily Pawlyk, Jean Grushka, Shirley Baumgartner, Judith Wopnford, Marvin Marykuca, Joe Gula, Inga Hokanson, Ted Jaremy, Jocelyn Zebrinski, L. M. Johannson, Julia Bodochka, Terrence Rouge, Tony Sorokowski, Sylvia Olafson, Gladys Gudmondson, Sandra Whitehead, Sharon Holding.

Photos & Coordinates

Ardal School

Ardal School (no date) by H. D. Cumming
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 92.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.90634, W97.21150
denoted by symbol on the map above


A History of Education in the Evergreen School Division by John C. Gottfried, MA thesis, University of Manitoba, 1965.

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.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

A Century Unfolds: History of Arborg and District, 1889-1987, researched and compimled by the Arborg Historical Society, 1987. [Legislative Library of Manitoba, F5649.A73 Cen]

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 January 2023

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