Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fishers Siding School No. 1200 (Renwer, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

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The Fishers Siding School District was established formally in October 1902 but the first school building was not erected until 1914, in the village of Renwer in the Rural Municipality of Minitonas. It was destroyed by fire in 1944. and classes were held in the Renwer Hall until a replacement was constructed two years later. A high school was built in 1956 and was used until 1960, after which students went to Minitonas. The elementary school was used until it was consolidated with the Swan Valley School Division in 1967. A rock monument was erected in the school yard on 21 July 2002.





Michael Yaremchuk


Mrs. W. I. Cochran


The teachers of Fishers Siding School included Miss Longdon, Miss Brethour, Miss Willie, Miss Fisher, Miss Henderson, Miss Buller, Lila Muriel Burge Kennedy, Miss Reid, Mr. McKinnon, Mrs. Sadler, Miss Fraser, Miss McKay, Mrs. Cook, Miss Kingdom, Miss Todd, Miss Greenberg, Miss Stewart, Miss Halpenny, Miss Patterson, Miss Smith, Mrs. Cotton, Miss Kyle, Mr. Grace, Mr. Zackernack, Mr. Adamanchuk, Mrs. Adamanchuk, Mrs. Parisian, Mr. Stocki, Mr. W. Yaremchuk, Mr. Campbell, Miss Tschabusching, Miss Kreshewski, Mrs. Kichuk, Mr. Holland, Mrs. Bell, and Miss Slonoski/Kolowca.

Photos & Coordinates

The original Fishers Siding School building

The original Fishers Siding School building (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 76.

The former Fishers Siding School building

The former Fishers Siding School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 672.

The former Fishers Siding School building

The former Fishers Siding School building (September 2012)
Source: Alan Mason

Fishers Siding School commemorative monument

Fishers Siding School commemorative monument (July 2012)
Source: Alan Mason

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.09676, W100.81578
denoted by symbol on the map above


Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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 Alan Mason and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2021

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