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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Duck Hills School No. 1828 (Municipality of Ethelbert)

The Duck Hills School District was established in June 1916 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at SE12-28-23W in what is now the Municipality of Ethelbert. In 1967, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Intermountain School Division. No vestige of the former school building remains at the site.

Among the teachers of Duck Hills School were M. P. Ostapowicz (1917-1918), D. P. Demczuk (1919-1920), S. P. Basarabouicz (1919-1920), J. Swyrd (1921-1922), Mack D. Shemeluck (1922-1923), William Zaporzan (1922-1924), John H. Hykawy (1924), L. J. Syrnyk (1924-1925), W. Byas (1924-1925), Miss A. Genik (1925-1926), Stephen H. Billinsky (1925-1926), Harold Steenes (1926-1927), J. H. Symyk (1927-1929), Elsie H. Moskal (1928-1929), M. S. Dobson (1929-1930), Marion H. Price (1930-1931), Dora Genik (1931-1933), Mike J. Maksymetz (1933-1936), H. J. Maksymetz (1936-1939), Bertha Keller (1939-1940), Helen Kamfolio (1940-1941), Adeline E. Syrnyk (1941-1942), Sarah E. Hayward (1942-1943), Elizabeth Rozyk (1943-1944), Miss Helen Derzak (1944-1945), Alice Anne Dykun (1945-1946), Nettie Helen Potoroka (1946-1947), Tony Danyluk (1947-1948), Michael L. Maksymetz (1948-1949), Michael John Shewchuk (1949-1950), John Urichen (1950-1951), Nell Holomay (1951-1952), Sylvester Michaluk (1952-1953), Jean Strilkiwski (1953-1954), Margaret Zurkowski (1954-1955), Miss Stella Monita (1955-1956), Miss Verna Syrnyk (1956-1957), Nestor Serwa (1957-1958), Miss Isabelle Ortman (1958-1959), Hilliard E. Sawchuk (1959-1960), Lillian M. Shennan (1960-1963), Mrs. B. Wood (1963-1964), Mrs. Violet Meakin (1964-1966), and Mrs. Violet Meakin (1966-1967).

Duck Hills School

Duck Hills School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 53.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N51.37704, W100.55837
denoted by symbol on the map above


Baldy Mountain East topographic map, 62N/7 East, Edition 2, Series A743 [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 Ties That Bind: A History of Ethelbert and District by Ethelbert History Book Committee, 1985, page 50.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 February 2023

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