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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Vimy Ridge School No. 1922 (RM of Mountain)

The Vimy Ridge School District was organized formally in March 1918, presumably commemorating the First World War battle field of the same name. A school bulding was erected on the southwest quarter of 24-32-23 west of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Mountain. The district was dissolved in 1967 when it became part of the Duck Mountain School Division, and the school closed. The school building and teacherage still stand at the site.

The teachers of Vimy Ridge were Mrs. Lila Burge (1919-1925), Maggie Kostiuk (1925), Michael Martin Russin (1925-1933), John Sheptack (1933-1937), Mary E. Shewchuk (1936-1938), Michael Sytnick (1943-1945), Taras Stephen Boyaniwsky (1945-1946), Elizabeth Wierbicki Bilash (1946-1947), Michael Kotyluk (1947-1949), Doris Chmelowski Dudar (1949-1950), Ann Marmach Krawchuk (1950-1951), Peter Filipchik (1951-1952), Mary Jane Sosnowski Phillips (1952-1953), Ann Krawchuk (1953-1954, 1956-1957), Dolores Potoroka Shmelski (1957-1958), Elsie Kowaluk White (1958-1960), Nadia Urbanowski Tkach (1960-1961), Lawrence Boguski (1961-1964), Nestor Serwa (1964-1966), and Stephen Negrich (1966-1967).

Vimy Ridge School

Vimy Ridge School (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 60.

Vimy Ridge School

Vimy Ridge Teacherage (no date) by J. S. Peach
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 60.

Vimy Ridge School

The former Vimy Ridge School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Vimy Ridge School

Interior of the former Vimy Ridge School building (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Vimy Ridge School

The Vimy Ridge School’s teacherage is now in badly deteriorated condition (May 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N51.75728, W100.60333
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Hardships to Happiness: History Flows from Pine River and District by Pine River History Committee, 1982. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.P60 Har]

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 December 2014

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