Historic Sites of Manitoba: Arnes School No. 586 (RM of Bifrost-Riverton)
The Arnes School District was organized formally in May 1889 and was known informally as Arnes North School to distinguish it from Arnes South School. The first school building was located near Lake Winnipeg by Drunken Point in the Rural Municipality of Bifrost. That school was abandoned in 1950, in favour of a new site a mile north of Arnes, at SW21-21-4E. In January 1966, the district was dissolved and its catchment area became part of the Riverton Consolidated School District and later the Evergreen School Division.
Among the teachers of Arnes South were Sigrun I. Helgason (1914), Edith Harris (1915), Albina Melsted (1915-1916, 1917), Eileen M. Bard (1916), Myrtle W. Hazelwood (1917), Margaret Sigurdson (1918), Jessie Finker (1919), J. Belton (1919), Thuridar Johnson (1920-1921), I. G. Arnason (1921), Capitola Sigvaldason (1921-1922), Lara B. Thordarsen (1923), Veiga Arason (1923), Anna H. Eirikson (1924), Valdina S. Sigvaldason (1924-1925), Bessie B. Olson (1925-1926), Lara B. Sigurdson (1927-1929), Ingibjorg Sveinsson (1929-1930),Cora Mimnaugh (1930-1931), Steinunn Johanna Johannsson (1931-1932), Jona Margaret Sigurdson (1934-1935), Lilja Maria Gutormsson (1935-1937), Anna Fjola Gislason (1937-1939), Haraldur Victor Vidal , Ingibjorg Sigvaldason (1940-1941), Mrs. O.F. Otter (1941-1942), Jamina Ellen Gunnlaugson? (1941-1942), Gudbjorg Hjattason (1942), Ljotun Thorsteinnson (1943), Jonisina Gudbjorg Abrahamson (1943-1944), Freda Thorkelson (1944-1945), Irene Hodgon (1945-1946), Vigdes Peterson (1946-1947), Rose C. Polka (1948-1950), Frank Sigurdson (1950-1951), Kristine S. Finnson (1951-1952), A. Frank Sigurdson (1952-1953), James Gordon “Jim” Ladoski (1953-1954), Frederica Peterson (1954-1957), Gail Uenger (1957-1958), Marguerite Breland (1958-1961), Marilyn Einette Schnedar (1961-1963), Jocelyn Zebrynski (1963-1964), and Mrs. Jocelyn Hayka (1965-1966).
Manitoba School Records Collection (GR6124), Arnes School District No. 586, Archives of Manitoba.
Riverton West topographic map, 62I/15 West, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].
Gimli Saga by the Gimli Women’s Institute, 1974, page 181-182.
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.
Page revised: 28 March 2015
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