Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 144 years

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Dunkinville School No. 2122 (Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

The Dunkinville School District was organized formally in April 1925. It operated a one-room wood frame school building on the southeast quarter of 6-37-24 west of the Principal Meridian in what is now the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman. It closed in 1967. The building is still present at the site, used for storage, and a monument commemorates it.

Teachers who worked at Dunkinville School through the years are listed on the back of the monument: Margaret Thurley Day (1925-1927), Elizabeth Fraser Henderson (1927-1928, 1959-1961), Dorothy Hall (1928-1929), Lila Berg (1929-1931), Elizabeth Michelson (1931-1933), Mary Ingram (1933-1934), Mary King (1934-1936), Hannah Glover (1936-1937), Miss McNabb (1937), Euphemia Fraser Dunnett (1937-1938), Frances McAndrew Gillespie (1938-1940, 1954-1958), Margaret Poole (1940-1941), Jessie McLeod (1941-1942), Amy Cotton (1942-1943), Margaret Gillies (1943-1944), Gwen Allen (1944-1945), Dorothy Sargent (1945-1946), Norma Mullin (1946-1947), Mildred Roye (1947-1948), Zenon Drul (1948-1949), John Atamanchuk (1949-1950), Harry Shafransky (1950-1951), Lois Sandholm (1951-1952), Mr. G. R. McKersie (1952-1953), Shirley Sterma (1953-1954), Ben Yakelashek (1958-1959), and Mike Yakelashek (1961-1967).

Dunkinville School

Dunkinville School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 98.

The former Dunkinville School building

The former Dunkinville School building (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Dunkinville School commemorative monument

Dunkinville School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.14374, W100.87086
denoted by symbol on the map above


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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

Boots, Buggies & Buses: Swan Valley Schools in Quest of Education, Swan Valley School Division No. 35, circa 1998.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2021

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. The information is offered for historical interest only.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Inclusion in this collection does not confer special status or protection. Official heritage designation may only come from municipal, provincial, or federal governments. Some sites are on private property and permission to visit must be secured from the owner.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at

Search Tips | Suggest an Historic Site | FAQ

Help us keep history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2023 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.