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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Makinak School No. 979 (Makinak, RM of Lakeshore)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

The Makinak School District was organized formally in July 1898, operating in the village of Makinak in what is now the Rural Municipality of Lakeshore. Initially, a one-room wood frame school building operated on a site next to the Methodist/Presbyterian Church. In 1918, it was replaced by a two-storey, two-classroom red brick veneer structure erected on a design by Dauphin architect J. H. Bossons. Electricity was installed in the building in 1947 or 1948, and a third classroom was added to its east side in 1955. Running water and flush toilets were added in 1957.

In 1964, the district was consolidated with Carrick School No. 1639 and Woodbend School No. 1886 to form Makinak Consolidated School No. 2428. The school was closed in 1971 and its remaining students went to Dauphin or Ochre River. The building stood vacant until 1980 when it was demolished. Only its concrete foundation remains. A commemorative monument at the site, topped with a metal model of the school, was erected in July 1987.

Principals

Period

Principal

1950-1954

Mabel A. Geisel

1954-1955

Herbert I. Dunn

1955-1956

Donald Van Duesen

1956-1957

Elizabeth H. Donaldson “Bessie” Maguet (1912-1997)

1957-1958

Thomas A. Kalichak

1958-1960

William E. Walker

1960-1961

George Wesley Denstedt (1896-1979)

1961-1963

William Steel

1963-1967

James S. McKessock (1911-1983)

1967-1971

Alice Cooper

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1954-1955

Mrs. Roberta Anderson, Miss Margaret Leith

1955-1956

Miss Audrey Bothwell, Mrs. Margaret Van Duesen

1956-1957

Miss Audrey Bothwell, Thomas W. Emerson

1957-1958

Miss Audrey Bothwell, Mrs. Mamie McIntyre

1958-1959

Mrs. Mamie McIntyre, Mrs. Bernice Thompson

1959-1960

Mrs. Mamie McIntyre, Mrs. Bernice Thompson

1960-1961

Miss Marjorie Hoy, Mrs. Elizabeth Maguet

1961-1962

?

1962-1963

?

1963-1964

Mrs. Marie R. Gamache, Mrs. Elizabeth Maguet

1964-1965

Miss Marjorie Hoy, Richard Staub

1965-1966

Mrs. Alice Cooper, Mrs. Marjorie Wildeboer

1966-1967

?

1967-1968

?

1968-1969

?

1969-1970

?

1970-1971

Mrs. A. Howatt, Mrs. Marjorie Wildeboer

Some of the other teachers of Makinak School included Mr. H. Belford (1899), Miss Mabel Crowe (1919), Miss Mary Cumming (1919), Audrey Rhind Arnett (1934-1936), John E. Ingot (1938), Marion Smith (1938), H. Andre (1938), W. McFee (1938), and Paul I. Robinson.

Photos & Maps

Makinak School

The second Makinak School (no date) by E. H. Reid
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 34.

Makinak School

The Makinak School building prior to demolition (circa 1980)
Source: Henri Gamache

Makinak School

Makinak School monument, with former school foundation in the background (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Makinak School

A concrete foundation is all that remains at the site of the former Makinak School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.98373, W99.66403
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

“Tender for building,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 March 1918, page 26.

“The local round,” Dauphin Herald, 20 October 1938, page 9.

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

“Teaching staffs named for “A” and “B” groups,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 9 September 1954, page 1.

“Record-breaking enrollments expected here in collegiate, elementary schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 1 September 1955, page 1.

“All-time high enrollments expected for town schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 30 August 1956, page 1.

“Town schools open today, high enrollments expected,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 29 August 1957, page 1.

“Total of 110 teachers assigned to schools in Dauphin-Ochre area,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 4 September 1958, pages 1, 6.

“Teaching staffs assigned to rural, village schools,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 3 September 1959, page 1.

“26 rural schools start fall term classes Tuesday,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 31 August 1960, page 4.

“Teaching staff for area schools increases to 132 for opening 1963-64 term,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 21 August 1963, page 1.

“All area schools open classes next Tuesday, 131 on teaching staffs,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 26 August 1964, page 1.

“All schools in area open classes Sept. 1 – 133 on teaching staffs,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 25 August 1965, page 1, 8.

Between Mountain and Lake: A History of Ochre River Rural Municipality, 1885-1970 by Ochre River Women’s Institute History Committee, Neepawa: The Neepawa Press, 1970, pages 232, 241, 245-247.

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.

We thank Henri Gamache for providing a photo of Makinak School, and James Arnett for providing additional information.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 January 2017

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