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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pine Creek School No. 1360 / Piney Municipal School (Piney, RM of Piney)

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

The Pine Creek School District was established in February 1906 and a one-room schoolhouse operated in Piney in the Rural Municipality of Piney. A second classroom was added in 1928. It became part of the Piney Municipal School District in 1936. A new, three-classroom school was constructed in 1950 but it was destroyed by fire on 2 January 1952. While a replacement could be built, classes were held in the church, hall, medical clinic, and municipal office. Construction of the present structure was completed by September 1952. By 1960, with an enrollment of 130 students, and high school students arriving from the Whitemouth Lake, Burns, and Vassar areas, the building was already too small so an old one-room schoolhouse was brought into town for additional classroom space. An addition was made to this building in late 1963. Five years later, the school district was dissolved and the school became part of the Boundary School Division.

Starting in 1971, students in grades 7 to 12 were bused to Shevchenko Collegiate in Vita while those in grades 1 to 6 remained at Piney. By 1996, all Piney children went to Vita. A local Hutterite Colony used the now-vacant building for two years until their own school could be constructed. It closed permanently in 1998 and the building is now privately owned. A monument erected in front of the former school building in 2004 by the Piney History Book Committee commemorates the schools that consolidated to form the Piney Municipal School: Birchlawn School No. 2111, Evergreen School No. 1599, Hungarian School No. 1662, Menisino School No. 1582, Pine Creek School No. 1360, Pine Valley School No. 1168, Spurgrave School No. 1469, and Wintergreen School No. 2118. Other schools that formed part of the Piney Municipal School system were Overton School No. 1663 and Acland School No. 2214.

Principals

Period

Principal

1938-1941

Thelma Jean Grey Fanning

1942

Edgar Burgess (1867-1954)

1942-1944

Emma Ada Schiebe Gilchrist (1917-2004)

1944-1945

John Nathan Robert Clark (1912-1990)

1945-1946

Ruth Amanda Harms Mills

1946-1947

Glen Borden Cowan

1947-1949

Gisele M. Ruel

1949-1951

Joseph Charles Flood (1924-2009)

1951-1952

Frank John Gustaw

1952-1953

Roy Kenneth Anderson

1953-1955

Florence Mary Richtik Brooks (1930-1999)

1955-1956

Peter J. Loewen

1956-1966

Frank Steve Senkow (1926-2017)

1966-1969

Barry Hayward Clarkson

1969-1971

John M. Giesbrecht

1971-1988

Inette Joice Asmundson

Teachers

Among the early teachers of Pine Creek School were Ingihad Markusson (1906-1907), Mindy Gislason (1907-1908), Jennie Johnson (1908-1909), Thorum Thorakson (1909-1911), Ingiborg Bjornson (1909-1910), Emilie Palmason (1911-1912), Sarah Holland (1912-1914), John Saunderson (1914-1915), H. McKillop (1914-1915), W. J. King (1915-1916), Oli Olason (1916-1917), H. Peterson (1916-1917), Elizabeth Kempton (1917-1918), Magnea Einarson (1918-1919), Leana Booke (1919-1920), Andrea Holmfridur Anderson Eyford (Fall 1920 - Spring 1922, March-June 1923, & Fall 1924 - Spring 1925), Clement Moncreiff Avery Jones (August 1922 - March 1923), Philip M. Petursson (Fall 1923 - Spring 1924), H. Sigurdson (1925-1927), and Amy Nisbett (1927-1928).

Period

Teachers

1928-1929

May Borley, Mildred McLaren

1929-1930

Margaret Goodman, Mildred McLaren

1930-1931

Margaret Goodman, I. Robertson

1931-1932

Margaret Goodman, Helen Stenhouse

1932-1933

Helen Stenhouse, Alice Wardrop

1933-1934

Alice Wardrop, June Wardrop

1934-1935

Austin Dale, June Wardrop

1935-1936

Austin Dale, Lila B. Ellis

1936-1937

Austin Dale, Lila B. Ellis

1937-1938

Lila B. Ellis, Thelma Jean Grey

1938-1939

Olaf Arnason, Thelma Jean Grey

1939-1940

Thelma Jean Grey, Christine MacDonald

1940-1941

Thelma Jean Gray (grades 7-10), Christina MacDonald (grades 1-6)

1941-1942

Margaret Ann Baragar (grades 1-6, pt. Spring), Gertrude Marie Barnes (grades 1-6, Fall - pt. Spring), Edgar Burgess (grades 7-11, Spring), Thelma Jean Fanning (grades 7-11, Fall)

1942-1943

Alma Clara Schiebe (grades 1-6), Emma Ada Schiebe (grades 7-11)

1943-1944

Alma Clara Schiebe (grades 1-6), Emma Ada Schiebe (grades 7-11)

1944-1945

John Nathan Robert Clark (grades 7-11), Myrtle Rusenel (grades 1-6)

1945-1946

Andrea Holmfridur Anderson Eyford (grades 1-6, Spring), Ruth Amanda Mills (grades 7-11), Myrtle Rusenel (grades 1-6, Fall)

1946-1947

Glen Borden Cowan (grades 7-11), Catherine M. Vincent (grades 1-6)

1947-1948

Irene Ruel (grades 1-7), Gisele M. Ruel (grades 7-11)

1948-1949

Irene Ruel (grades 1-7), Gisele M. Ruel (grades 7-11)

1949-1950

Shiela Mary Demphill (grades 5-8), Maria Montez (grades 1-4), Joseph Charles Flood (grades 9-11)

1950-1951

Tena Fleming (grades 1-4), Joseph Charles Flood (grades 9-11), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 5-8)

1951-1952

Tena Fleming (grades 1-4), Frank John Gustaw (grades 10-11), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 5-8)

1952-1953

Roy Kenneth Anderson (grades 9-11), Jean Pawluk (grade 5-8), Tanis Clara Sigurjonsson (grades 1-4)

1953-1954

Florence Mary Richtik Brooks (grades 9-11), Jean Pawluk (grade 5-8), Tanis Clara Sigurjonsson (grades 1-4)

1954-1955

Florence Mary Richtik Brooks (grades 9-11), Kate Klassen (grades 5-8), Mary Myrowich (grades 1-4)

1955-1956

Kate Klassen (grades 5-8), Nettie Loewen (grades 1-4), Peter J. Loewen (grades 9-12)

1956-1957

Anita DeCaire (grades 1-4), Metro Joseph Muzyka (grades 5-8), Frank Senkow (grades 9-11)

1957-1958

Ann Lally (grades 1-4), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 5-8), Frank Senkow (grades 9-11)

1958-1959

Doris Olive Hovorka (grades 1-4), Marvin Wallace Hovorka (grades 5-8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 9-10), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1959-1960

Doris Olive Hovorka (grades 1-4), Marvin Wallace Hovorka (grades 5-8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 9-10), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1960-1961

Doris Olive Hovorka (grades 1-4), Marvin Wallace Hovorka (grades 5-8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 9-10), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1961-1962

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-2), Maureen Anne Fennell (grades 3-5), Doris Olive Hovorka (grades 6-8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grades 9-10), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1962-1963

Locklyn Glen Aitken (grade 9), Lillian Ann Anderson (grades 6-8), Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-2), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 10), Mary Jullia Sawka (grades 3-5), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1963-1964

Locklyn Glen Aitken (grade 9), Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Mary Jullia Sawka Kwiatkowski (grades 4-6), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 10), Lancelot William Stephens (grades 7-8), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1964-1965

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Mary Jullia Sawka Kwiatkowski (grades 4-6), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 10), Mary Jane Rampersad (grade 9), William John Sawka (grades 6-8, August-December), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12), Claude Hector Marcel Valcourt (grades 6-8, January-June)

1965-1966

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Peter Richard Osborne Crowley (grade 9, January-June), Doris Olive Hovorka (grade 9, August-December), Mary Jullia Sawka Kwiatkowski (grades 4-6), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 10), Robert William Preston (grades 6-8), Frank Senkow (grades 11-12)

1966-1967

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 3-4, September-June), Barry Hayward Clarkson (grades 11-12), Loretta Darlene Clarkson (grades 5-6), William George Cooper (grade 9), Diane Cote (grades 3-4, September), John M. Giesbrecht (grades 7-8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 10), Hilda Marion Thibodeau (grades 1-2)

1967-1968

Inette Joice Asmundson (grade 3), Barry Hayward Clarkson (grade 10), Loretta Darlene Clarkson (grades 5-6), William George Cooper (grade 7), John M. Giesbrecht (grade 8), Sheila Mary Jessie Norman (grade 9), Hilda Marion Thibodeau (grades 1-2)

1968-1969

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-2), Barry Hayward Clarkson (grades 7-8), Loretta Darlene Clarkson (grades 3-4), John M. Giesbrecht (grade 5-6)

1969-1970

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-2), Mavis Marlene Asmundson (grades 3-4), John M. Giesbrecht (grades 5-6), Harold Mills

1970-1971

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-2), John M. Giesbrecht (grades 5-6), Darlene Bolin Illchuk? Johansson (grades 3-4)

1971-1972

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Darlene Bolin Johansson (grades 4-6)

1972-1973

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Darlene Bolin Johansson (grades 4-6)

1973-1974

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Darlene Bolin Johansson (grades 4-6)

1974-1975

Inette Joice Asmundson (grades 1-3), Darlene Bolin Johansson (grades 4-6), Enid Marie Swaine (no grades)

1975-1976

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Enid Marie Swaine

1976-1977

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Enid Marie Swaine

1977-1978

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Enid Marie Swaine

1978-1979

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Enid Marie Swaine

1979-1980

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Enid Marie Swaine

1980-1981

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Denise Lubiansky, Enid Marie Swaine

1981-1982

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Denise Lubiansky, Enid Marie Swaine

1982-1983

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Denise Lubiansky, Enid Marie Swaine

1983-1984

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Denise Lubiansky, Enid Marie Swaine

1984-1985

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson, Denise Lubiansky, Enid Marie Swaine

1985-1986

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson

1986-1987

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson

1987-1988

Inette Joice Asmundson, Darlene Bolin Johansson

Photos & Coordinates

The original Pine Creek School with the second classroom at right

The original Pine Creek School with the second classroom at right (no date) by Clarence Moore
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 104.

The former Piney Municipal School building with a commemorative monument on the grounds in front of it

The former Piney Municipal School building with a commemorative monument on the grounds in front of it (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Pine Creek School commemorative monument

Pine Creek School commemorative monument (September 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.07633, W95.97921
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Piney Municipal Office (Piney, RM of Piney)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pine Creek Indian Residential School / Camperville Indian Residential School (Pine Creek First Nation)

Manitoba Organization: Pine Creek School Division No. 30

Sources:

Manitoba School Records Collection, Pine Creek School District No. 1360 Daily Registers, GR4095, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Pine Creek School District No. 1360 Daily Registers, GR2088, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), 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.

Pine Valley Echoes: A History of Badger, Menisino and Piney by Piney Area History Book Committee, 1988. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.P55Pin]

We thank Doris Hovorka (Sprague and District Historical Museum) and Margaret “Peggy” Sanders for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 June 2022

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