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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Francois de Sales School / Queen Elizabeth School No. 975 (Howden, RM of Ritchot)

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The St. Francois de Sales School District was organized formally in May 1898 and a two-room schoolhouse operated on River Lot 49 in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot, on the west side of the Red River. Destroyed by fire in 1939, a new two-classroom building with laboratory was constructed and renamed Queen Elizabeth School (for the monarch who had visited Canada earlier that year). Damaged by a flood in early 1950, a new foundation was constructed a few feet to the west and the building was moved onto it. Destroyed by fire on 22 February 1955, elementary students attended classes in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church while senior students went to the St. Norbert Boys’ School. A new building with two classrooms and a laboratory opened in the fall of 1955.

The district was dissolved in April 1967 and its catchment area became part of the Seine River School Division. The school closed permanently in June 1967. The former schoolhouse was sold and became the St. Joseph’s Social Club. Badly damaged by a flood in early 1997, the building was burned as a training exercise for local firefighters and replaced by the present structure at the site, now known as the Howden Community Centre.


School Year





Miss Alice Krett (grades 1-5), Miss Gorawski (grades 6-10)


Miss Pelletier (grades 1-5), Miss Gorawski (grades 6-10)


Miss Alsip (grades 1-8)


Mike Tataryn (grades 1-8), Mr. Sawatzky (grades 1-8)


Miss Elizabeth Olivier (grades 1-8)


Miss Annette Dorge (grades 1-8)


Miss Annette Dorge (grades 1-8)


Mrs. Bella Bruce (grades 1-8)


Miss Jean Markowski (grades 1-8)


Miss Jean Markowski (grades 1-8)


Miss Jean Markowski (grades 1-8)


Miss Jean Markowski (grades 1-8)


Miss Jean Markowski (grades 1-8)


Mrs. Laura M. Gall (grades ?)


Mrs. Thelma Doan (grades 1-6)


Mrs. Kay Snatenchuk (grades 1-6), Michael Lysack (grades 7-11)


Mrs. Kay Snatenchuk (grades 1-6), Nick Andrusko (grades 7-11)


Miss E. V. Masiowski (grades 1-7)


Miss E. V. Masiowski (grades 1-8), Frank Mikolayenko (grades 9-11)


Miss E. V. Masiowski (grades 1-8), Frank Mikolayenko (grades 9-11)


Alvin Matskiw (grades 1-7)


Alvin Matskiw (grades 1-7)


Mrs. Dora Zacharias (grades 1-8)


Miss Diane Gottfried (grades 1-8)


Lionel H. Sussman (grades 1-7)


Lionel H. Sussman (grades 1-7)


Lionel H. Sussman (grades 1-7)

Photos & Coordinates

St. Francois de Sales School

St. Francois de Sales School (circa 1935) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 33.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.71809, W97.12805
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Tache School / Queen Elizabeth School (Kenny Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Queen Elizabeth School / Henri Bergeron School (363 Enfield Crescent, Winnipeg)


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.

Coming Together: A History of Howden, unpublished manuscript by Rob Stewart and Howden History Steering Committee, 2019.

This page was prepared by Ken Niziol, Rob Stewart, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2019

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