Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cromwell School No. 1117 (RM of Brokenhead)

Originally known as the Bachman School District when it was organized in April 1901, it was named for local farmer William Bachman who donated an acre of land donated for a schoolhouse at SW30-13-8E in the Rural Municipality of Brokenhead. After a few years, the school burned, but a new one was erected at the same location. During the First World War, it was renamed Cromwell School due to anti-German sentiment. In January 1968, the district was reorganized into the Agassiz School Division.

Among the teachers who worked at Cromwell School through the years were Mr. Chumer, Mr. Graban, Mr. Cooper, Jessie Ryback (1921), Margaret Tolosko (1943), Maurice P. Kalushka, and Walter C. Malenchak.

Cromwell School

Cromwell School (no date) by J. E. S. Dunlop
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 61.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.12131, W96.49723
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William Bachman (1851-1925)


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.

Cromwell School District No. 1117, School Formation File, Archives of Manitoba.

They Stopped at a Good Place: A History of the Beausejour, Brokenhead, Garson and Tyndall Area of Manitoba - 1875-1981 by the Beausejour-Brokenhead Historical Committee, 1982.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2021

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