Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cossette School No. 1378 (Inwood, RM of Armstrong)
The Cossette School District was established in May 1907 and, the following year, a schoolhouse operated at NE34-17-1W in the Rural Municipality of Armstrong. In 1911, it was moved to a two-acre site in the nearby village of Inwood. A new two-classroom structure with a full basement was built at the site in 1922. It was used for all classes until 1959 when a new four-classroom, concrete-block building was built for high school classes. In 1942, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842. After a new elementary school was built, the school closed and the building was moved to Lundar. High school students went to Teulon as of 1967. The former school site is now occupied by an automotive service station.
Among the teachers who worked at Cossette School through the years were N. Bennet (1907), M. Lagimodier (1909), M. H. Connelly (1910), Miss Van Den Haven (1913), M. Compayre (1914), M. L. Trottiere (1915), Zoe M. Collins (1915), M. Senez (1916), M. Mann (1918), B. Collins (1918), E. B. Wood (1919), E. Inkster (1920), L. J. Prette (1920), B. J. Siegelman (1921), A. Kallman (1922), Mr. Lawrence (1922), F. Morgan (1923), E. M. Hedden (1924), R. Rogers (1925, 1927), J. Hopkins (1925), A. M. Bellen (1926), Beulah McNevin (1926), M. E. Sheffield (1927), D. Belcher (1927), W. Baldwin (1928), Miss Gillespie (1928), V. Stokes (1929), J. K. Lamb (a929), A. M. Gillies (1929), Mrs. G. McRae (1930), L. McLellan (1933), A. Clark (1935), Mr. Grennon (1935), N. Mooney (1936), T. Bell (1936), V. Lang (1937), P. Hunt (1937), K. Heindel (1940), William Lucow (1940), M. Smithers (1941), M. Mazur (1941), C. Hogue (1942), Rita Jubinville (1943), M. McDonald (1944), O. Husak (1945), M. Penty (1946), I. Ponchon (1947), R. Woelke (1948), A. Skrabek (1948), M. Klym (1949), J. Sklepowich (1950), N. Haacke (1951), J. Lord (1951), L. Klassen (1952), F. Gustaw (1952), J. Sitko (1953), I. Johnson (1953), H. Rucki (1954), P. Bobula (1955), D. Moreau (1955), N. Krachuk (1955), P. Bergner (1956), P. Labchuk (1956), G. Finnson (1957), B. Boyachuk (1957), E. Chezick (1957), J. Grodecki (1957), William Knihinciki (1958), E. Lavender (1959), M. Strick (1961), A. Nechwediuk (1965), A. Blancas (1965), V. Shupenia (1966), R. Berg (1967), H. Skrabek (1967), H. Kosowan (1967), J. Hendrickson (1968), M. Yakielashuk (1969), G. Buchkowski (1969), L. Bernhart (1970), J. Bailey (1971), D. Campbell (1971), G. Glowachuk (1972), Y. Dozois (1975), and D. Jaremy (1977).
High school teachers included F. Dobney (1959), M. M'Lott (1959), C. Bansfield (1959), D. MacNeil (1960), D. Balfour (1960), Carl Safinuk (1960), L. Foster (1962), A. Hall (1962), Mr. Licorice (1963), W. Stepushyn (1964), R. Hume (1965), Mr. Burmeister (1965), B. Andrews (1966), and Mr. Pun (1966).
Kindergarten teachers between 1967 and 1980 included Mrs. Hall, J. Hendrickson, F. Jorheim, Mrs. Dollan, G. Glowachuk, E. Lavender, J. Bailey, J. Dupont, and J. Hendrickson.
Photos & Maps
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Arborg topographic map, 62I/14, Edition 1, Series A743 [Archives of Manitoba].
School District Formation Files [Armstrong Municipal School District No. 1842], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.
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.
The Interlake Beckoned: A History of Inwood and Surrounding Districts by Inwood History Book Committee, 1980. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.I59 Int]
We thank Jennifer Bisch for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 30 January 2018
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