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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Purple Bank School No. 682 (Gardenton, RM of Stuartburn)

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The Purple Bank School District was organized formally in October 1891 and a log school building operated in the northern half of NE 33-1-6 East. This first schoolhouse was replaced with a wooden frame building around 1910 in Gardenton in the Municipality of Stuartburn. The structure was expanded in 1926 based upon the architectural designs of Gilbert C. Partiff. In 1967, it became part of the Boundary School Division and continued operating until 1970. Later, no longer in use as a school, the building became part of the Gardenton Ukrainian Museum.

Principals

Period

Principal

1926

Florence Victoria McKnight Cameron (1903-1966)

1926-1927

Mildred C. Shatsky Cohen (1906-?)

1927

Teresa Demchuk (1904-1994)

1928

Lily A. Gillespie

1928-1929

Nellie Chorneyko

1929-1930

Grace Reykdal

1930-1931

John Boes Quinn (1894-?)

1931-1934

John Peter Tanchak (1905-1983)

1934

Hymie Litwack (c1906-1992)

1934-1935

Daniel Harry Dziuba [Juba] (1914-1993)

1935-1937

Sarah Ann Sproat (1885-1976)

1937-1940

Wolodimyr B. “Walter” Wachna (1909-1984)

1940-1941

Jessie Ostaff (1915-2005)

1941-1948

Peter Jacob Olchowecki (1911-2011)

1948-1949

Gordon Henry Wiebe (1928-2005)

1949-1953

Nicholas Bilash (1890-1961)

1953-1954

Nettie Bereziuk

1954-1958

Mytro “Tony” Onysko (1928-1992)

1958-1959

M. Koroscil

1959-1960

N. M. Podolsky

1960-1962

Frank John Gustaw

1962-1964

Walter George Chomiczuk

1964-1965

Edmond Hormidas Lacasse

1965-1966

John Daniel Runke

1966-1967

Orest James Dykun

1967-1968

Kenneth Peter Allen Chura

1968-1970

?

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1925-1926

Florence Victoria McKnight (grades 4-8, 1926), Louise Neilson (grades 1-7, 1925; grades 1-3, 1926)

1926-1927

Annie E. Bush (grades 1-3, 1927), Lily A. Gillespie (grades 1-3, 1926), Ann Mihaychuk (grades 1-3, 1926), Mildred C. Shatsky (grades 4-8)

1927-1928

Annie E. Bush (grades 1-3, 1927), Teresa Demchuk (grades 4-8, 1927), Lily A. Gillespie (grades 3-8, 1928)

1928-1929

Nellie Chorneyko (grades 4-8), Olga Chorneyko (grades 1-3)

1929-1930

Elizabeth Jean Parker (grades 1-3), John Boes Quinn (grades 4-9, 1930), Grace Reykdal (grades 4-9)

1930-1931

Mary Buzdygan (grades 1-4, 1930), John Boes Quinn (grades 4-9), Mary Solar (grades 1-4, 1931)

1931-1932

Dmytro Tanchak (grades 1-3), John Peter Tanchak (grades 4-9)

1932-1933

Dmytro Tanchak (grades 1-4), John Peter Tanchak (grades 5-11)

1933-1934

Dmytro Tanchak (grades 1-4), John Peter Tanchak (grades 5-10)

1934-1935

Daniel Harry [Juba] Dziuba (grades 5-10), H. Litwack (grades 5-9, 1934), Helen Mary Tanchak (grades 1-4)

1935-1936

Slawka Jean Harasym (grades 1-4), Fred Anthony Rekrut (grades 5-8), Sarah Ann Sproat (grades 9-11)

1936-1937

Slawka Jean Harasym (grades 1-4), Sarah Ann Sproat (grades 9-11), Walter B. Wachna (grades 5-8)

1937-1938

Slawka Jean Harasym (grades 5-8), Nathalia Mayowosky (grade 1-4, 1938), K. M. Tomick (grades 1-4, 1937), Walter B. Wachna (grades 9-11)

1938-1939

Nathalia Mayowosky (grade 1-4), Maurice I. Probzanski (grades 5-8), Walter B. Wachna (grades 9-11)

1939-1940

Jessie Ostaff (grades 1-4), Maurice I. Probzanski (grades 5-8), Walter B. Wachna (grades 9-11)

1940-1941

Jessie Ostaff (grades 9-11), Sonia Popowich (grades 1-4), Mathilde Presch (grades 5-8)

1941-1942

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 5-8), Margaret Tanchak (grades 1-4), Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11)

1942-1943

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 5-8), Margaret Tanchak (grades 1-4), Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11)

1943-1944

Emanuel Peter “Manuel” Tanchak (grades 5-8; grades 1-8, 1944), Margaret Tanchak (grades 1-4), Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11)

1944-1945

Mary Kolton (grades 1-8), Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11)

1945-1946

Mary Kolton (grades 1-8), Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11), Anne Sokolyk (grades 1-4, 1946)

1946-1947

Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11), Mary Wachna (grades 1-8)

1947-1948

Peter Jacob Olchowecki (grades 9-11), Mary Wachna (grades 1-8)

1948-1949

Mary Wachna (grades 1-8), Gordon Henry Wiebe (grades 9-11)

1949-1950

Mary Bilash (grades 1-8), Nicholas Bilash (grades 9-11)

1950-1951

Mary Bilash (grades 1-8), Nicholas Bilash (grades 9-11)

1951-1952

Mary Bilash (grades 4-8), Nicholas Bilash (grades 9-11), William Kosilnyk (grades 1-3)

1952-1953

Mary Bilash (grades 4-9), Nicholas Bilash (grades 9-11), Mary Koniak (grades 1-3)

1953-1954

Nettie Bereziuk (grades 9-12), Mary Koniak (grades 1-3), Nicholas Melnychuk (grades 4-8)

1954-1955

Mary Koniak (grades 4-8), Marjorie Onysko (grades 1-3), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 9-12)

1955-1956

Mary Koniak (grades 4-8), Marjorie Onysko (grades 1-3), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 9-12)

1956-1957

Helen Mae Clark (grades 1-3, 1957), Mary Koniak (grades 4-8), Marjorie Onysko (grades 1-3, 1956), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 9-12)

1957-1958

Jean Gray (grades 1-4), Mary Koniak (grades 5-8), Mytro “Tony” Onysko (grades 9-12)

1958-1959

Kristin S. Benedictson (grades 1-4), Mary Koniak (grades 5-8), M. Koroscil (grades 9-11)

1959-1960

Kristin S. Benedictson (grades 1-4), Mary Koniak (grades 5-8), N. M. Podolsky (grades 9-11)

1960-1961

Walter George Chomiczuk (grades 5-8), Frank John Gustaw (grades 9-11), Bernice Olga Kozak (grades 1-4)

1961-1962

Walter George Chomiczuk (grades 5-8), Frank John Gustaw (grades 9-11), Olivia Ann Kolodzinski (grades 1-4)

1962-1963

Joyce Louise Amy (grades 1-4), Walter George Chomiczuk (grades 9-11), Edward Vincent Domaratzki (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

Walter George Chomiczuk (grades 9-11), Mina Carol Critchley (grades 1-4), Sonia Podolsky (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Jeanette Eliuk (grades 1-4), Edmond Hormidas Lacasse (grades 9-11), Sonia Podolsky (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Connie Dzaman (grades 1-4), Pauline Nedohin (grades 5-8), John Daniel Runke (grades 9-11)

1966-1967

Orest James Dykun (grades 5-8), Pauline Nedohin (grades 1-4)

1967-1968

Kenneth Peter Allen Chura (grades 7-8), Helen Kozachenko (grades 5-6), ? (other grades)

1968-1969

Eva Bially (grades 3-4), Helen Kozachenko (grades 5-6), Pauline Nedohin (grades 1-2)

1969-1970

Eva Bially (grades 3-4), Helen Kozachenko (grades 5-6), Pauline Nedohin (grades 1-2)

Among the teachers of Purple Bank School were J. W. Zaban [Czaban] (1906, 1909-1910), Michael Barran (1907), P. B. Chaykowski (1907), J. M. Mysyk (1908-1911-1914), Violet Drelenkicwiez? Smook (1908-1909), Peter S. Sankey (1915), Alma Neilly (1915), Elspeth A. Moffatt (1916), Amy Wier (1917), Violet S. Taylor (1917), Mollie Weinberg (1918), Winnifred D. Boughton (1918-1919), Katherine Wachna (1919-1920), Maria Wachna (1920), Anton P. Dolensky (1921), William Andrew “Bill” Kachur (1921), Anselina Stromquist (1922), Mr. E. G. Christilan (1922), Achsah G. Rogers (1923), Margaret Clossick (1923), Alfred E. Williams (1924), C. S. Sharpe (1924-1925), and Ivan L. Hamilton (1925).

Photos & Maps

Purple Bank School

Purple Bank School (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 108.

Purple Bank School

Purple Bank School (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 108.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.08908, W96.69682
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

School District Formation Files [Purple Bank School District No. 682], GR1688, E0027, Archives of Manitoba.

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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Purple Bank School No. 682 Daily Registers, GR2088, Archives of Manitoba.

Plans and shop drawings (GS 0100), Purple Bank School - Addition, GR3125, Archives of Manitoba.

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

We thank Don Machnee and Brian Nedohin for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough

Page revised: 6 May 2018

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