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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Falls South School No. 1346 (River Hills, RM of Whitemouth)

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The Winnipeg Falls School District was established in June 1905 in the Rural Municipality of Whitemouth. In 1929, when construction of the Seven Sisters hydroelectric power dam commenced, the original schoolhouse was replaced by two structures: the Winnipeg Falls North School nearer to Seven Sisters and the other a two-room structure at this site in the community of River Hills. A third classroom was added to it in the 1950s. In 1967, the district became part of the Agassiz School Division. When the South School closed in 1968, the building was turned into a community hall.

The structure was gone at the time of a 2020 site visit.

District Principals

Period

Principal

1929-1930

Murray L. Holmes

1930-1934

John Gordon Tully

1934-1941

Edward Alexander Mroz (1908-2001)

1941-1942

Armin Sawatzky

1942

Mrs. M. Le Roy [Leroy?]

1943

George Kroeker

1943

Mrs. A. Sieg

1944

Gladys Mooney

1944

Mrs. A. Sieg

1944

Marie Zawaly Melnick

1944-1945

Gladys Mooney

1945

George Kroeker

1945

Mrs. A. H? Sieg

1946

George Kroeker

1946-1950

Maurice Walter Peleshok (1922-2013)

1950-1952

Raymond Ernest Parent

1952-1953

Robert Cameron Mulligan (1889-1976)

1953-1959

William John Schultz (1899-1988)

1959-1961

Edward Alexander Mroz (1908-2001)

1961-1965

Donald Harry Nichol

1965-1967

Bohdan Ballen

1967-1968

Robert William Osachuk

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1929-1930

Murray L. Holmes (grades 1-7)

1930-1931

John Gordon Tully (grades 1-7)

1931-1932

John Gordon Tully (grades 1-8)

1932-1933

John Gordon Tully (grades 1-7)

1933-1934

John Gordon Tully (grades 1-7)

1934-1935

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-7)

1935-1936

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-7)

1936-1937

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-7)

1937-1938

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-8)

1938-1939

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-8)

1939-1940

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-8)

1940-1941

Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 1-9)

1941-1942

Armin Sawatzky (grades 1-8)

1942-1943

George Kroeker (grades 1-8, January-June), Mrs. M. Le Roy [Leroy?] (grades 1-9, September-December)

1943-1944

Gladys Mooney (grades 1-9, January-?), Mrs. A. Sieg (grades 1-9, September-December & ?-? pt Spring), Marie Zawaly Melnick (grades 1-9, ?-June)

1944-1945

Gladys Mooney (grades 1-8)

1945-1946

George Kroeker (grades 1-9, September-? & January-June), Mrs. A. H? Sieg (grades 1-8 substitute, ?-December)

1946-1947

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 1-8)

1947-1948

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 1-8)

1948-1949

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-9), Nonnie [Nonna] Panchuk Peleshok (grades 1-4)

1949-1950

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 7-12), Nonnie [Nonna] Panchuk Peleshok (grades 1-6)

1950-1951

Raymond Ernest Parent (grades 7-11), Rose Sommerfeld (grades 1-6)

1951-1952

Marion Orinrod? [Ormrod?] (grades 1-6), Raymond Ernest Parent (grades 7-12)

1952-1953

Ralph Paul Bardal [Barkel?] (grades 5-8), Nettie Funk (grades 1-4), Robert Cameron Mulligan (grades 9-10)

1953-1954

Myrtle Munday (grades 5-8), William John Schultz (grades 9-11), Maria Warkentin (grades 1-4)

1954-1955

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-8), Nonna Peleshok (grades 1-4), William John Schultz (grades 9-11)

1955-1956

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-8), Nonna Peleshok (grades 1-4), William John Schultz (grades 9-11)

1956-1957

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-8), Nonna Peleshok (grades 1-4), William John Schultz (grades 9-11)

1957-1958

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-8), Nonna Peleshok (grades 1-4), William John Schultz (grades 9-11)

1958-1959

Maurice Walter Peleshok (grades 5-8), Nonna Peleshok (grades 1-4), William John Schultz (grades 9-11)

1959-1960

Marian “Helen” Balness (grades 1-4), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 5-8)

1960-1961

Marian “Helen” Balness (grades 1-4), Edward Alexander Mroz (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom (grades 1-4), Donald Harry Nichol (grades 5-8)

1962-1963

Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom (grades 1-4), Donald Harry Nichol (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom Klepatz (grades 1-4), Donald Harry Nichol (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom Klepatz (grades 1-4), Donald Harry Nichol (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Bohdan Ballen (grades 5-8), Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom Klepatz (grades 1-4)

1966-1967

Bohdan Ballen (grades 5-8), Carolyn Audrey Brandstrom Klepatz (grades 1-4)

1967-1968

Linda Bywater (grades 1-3), Robert William Osachuk (grades 4-6)

Photos & Coordinates

The former Winnipeg Falls South School, later the River Hills Community Club

The former Winnipeg Falls South School, later the River Hills Community Club (October 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.07655, W96.02357
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Falls North School No. 1346 (Seven Sisters Falls, RM of Whitemouth)

Sources:

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.

Trails to Rails to Highways edited by Bob Porth and Craig MacKenzie, Whitemouth Municipal Museum Society, 1979.

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

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Winnipeg Falls School District No. 1346 (South School) - Daily Registers, GR0565, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Winnipeg Falls School District No. 1346 - Cash Books, GR9480, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Robert Porth, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 June 2022

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