Mowat School District

Mowat School District No. 1232

By Pauline Johnston with the help of previous histories: Mrs. R.E. Galbraith and Muriel Solomon.

The Mowat School District was formed on April 25th, 1903 and was dissolved on April 1st, 1967. The school was located on the South-West corner of 7-29-18-W1. The material for the building was hauled from Dauphin. The schoolhouse was completed in the early summer of 1904. It was in 1906 that a flagpole was set up and the Union Jack raised.

The Mowat School was named after Oliver Mowat, one of the Father’s of Confederation. It was situated between the glistening blue-green Mossey River, flowing swiftly northward from its source at the north end of Lake Dauphin, to spill into Lake Winnipegosis at its southern end. The Fishing River vending its way eastward down from the Duck Mountains to join the Mossey at the very center of the District.

By the year 1913 many more people had come in-to the district so the old school was not large enough to accommodate all the children. At first, the school board contemplated building an addition to the old schoolhouse, but then decided to build a bigger and better school instead.

By 1920 there were quite a number of grade eight students who wished to continue their schooling at Mowat, so the school board decided to build another room onto the school, with grades seven to eleven to be taught there. The Mowat High School was used until the end of June 1931 when hardships of the Depression forced it to close.

In January 1951 the teacherage, which had once been the Mowat High School, caught fire. The alarm was raised, however only some of the schoolbooks and library books were able to be saved the rest having been burned up. Until a new school was built, in the summer of 1951, the students were bussed to the school at Fork River.

The third Mowat School was a modern building with a furnace in the basement, hardwood floors and large windows facing south.

When the Mowat School joined the Dauphin Ochre Large School Area, the school was closed June 1968. The last teacher was Mrs. Stanley of Dauphin who taught the last eight years commuting from Dauphin.

In 1969 the schoolhouse was sold to the Kulcheski brothers who had it moved to the village of Sifton and made it into a poolroom. The poolroom was only used for a very short time and then it was closed down. It still sits there empty and neglected.

List of Teachers
Year(s) Month(s) Position Name Source
1904 Prof. Basham, George
1905 Prof. Miss Hill
1905 Prof. Mr. Barrett
1905 Prof. Frame, Robert
1906 Prof. Whole, F.H.
1907 Prof. Whole, F.H.
1908 Prof. Rice, Emma Elizabeth
1909 Prof. Rice, Emma Elizabeth
1910 Prof. Marcroft, Lenore
1911 Prof. Swanton, Alvin
1912 Prof. Swanton, Alvin
1913 Prof. Lintick, James
1914 Prof. Lintick, James
1915 Prof. Lintick, James
1916 Prof. Beach, Grace
1917 Jan – Jun Prof. Beach, Grace Jul AR
1918 Jan – Jun Prof. Beach, Grace Jul AR
1918 Jul – Dec Prof. Pepper, W. Rogers Dec AR
1919 Aug – Dec Prof. Jarvis, Fredrick R. Dec AR
1920 Feb – Jul Prof. Mair, John Jul AR
1920 Dec Prof. Fines, Clarence W. Dec AR
1921 Jan – Jun Prof. Fines, Clarence W. Jul AR
1922 Jan – Jun non-Prof. Kenner, Kathaleen Jul AR
1922 Jan – Jun Prof. Breakey, Rita Victoria Jul AR
1923 Aug – Dec Principal Dahlgren, Dwight Dec AR
1923 Aug – Dec Prof. Voigt, Clarence David Dec AR
1924 Aug – Dec Prof. Dahlgren, Dwight Dec AR
1924 Aug – Dec Prof. Voigt, Clarence David Dec AR
1925 Aug – Dec Prof. Voigt, Clarence David Dec AR
1925 Aug – Dec Prof. Gordon, Lewis Elvin Dec AR
1926 Sep – Dec Prof. Breakey, Rita Victoria Dec AR
1926 Sep – Dec Prof. Fogel, William Dec AR
1927 Sep – Dec Prof. Whitney, Ethel May Dec AR
1927 Sep – Dec Prof. Wright, Norman E. Dec AR
1928 Aug – Dec Prof. Whitney, Ethel May Dec AR
1928 Aug – Dec Prof. Kidd, David Dec AR
1929 Aug – Dec Robertson, Muriel Amelia Dec AR
1929 Aug – Dec Prof. Serbin, Emma Dec AR
1930 Jan – Jun Prof. Reid, Mary Jul AR
1930 Jan – Jun Prof. Redpath, Muriel Amelia Jul AR
1931 Sep – Dec Prof. Schultz, William Dec AR
1932 Prof. Watson, Edith Flora Dec AR
1933 Aug – Dec Prof. Watson, Edith Flora Dec AR
1934 Aug – Dec Prof. Davidson, Evelyn Gertrude Dec AR
1935 Aug – Dec Prof. Davidson, Evelyn Gertrude Dec AR
1936 Aug – Dec Prof. Davidson, Evelyn Gertrude Dec AR
1937 Aug – Dec Prof. Davidson, Evelyn Gertrude Dec AR
1938 Aug – Dec Prof. Davidson, Evelyn Gertrude Dec AR
1939 Aug – Dec Prof. Burton, Elsie Grace Dec AR
1940 Aug – Dec Prof. Burton, Elsie Grace Dec AR
1941 Jan – Jun Prof. Burton, Elsie Grace Jul AR
1942 Jan – Jun Prof. Burton, Elsie Grace Jul AR
1943 Jan – Jun Prof. Galbraith, Ruth Elizabeth Jul AR
1944 Jan – Jun Prof. Galbraith, Ruth Elizabeth Jul AR
1944 Fall Prof. Alice, Drebnisky
1945 Prof. Alice, Drebnisky
1946 Jan – Jun Prof. Nick, Stokotelny
1947 Prof. Mrs. Garlinsky
1948 Prof. Olga Nakoneshny
1948 Jan – Jun Prof. Waters, Muriel W. Jul AR
1949 Prof. Waters, Muriel W.
1950 Prof. Waters, Muriel W.
1950 Prof. Homeniuk, Wally
1951 Prof. Homeniuk, Wally
1951 Fall Prof. Berezowicki, Rose
1952-54 Prof. Waldack, Beulah
1954 Prof. Zaplitney, Jean
1955-57 Prof. Orisko, Stella
1957-59 Prof. Fleming, Betty
1959-60 Prof. Knight, Barry
1960-68 Prof. Stanley, Ethel

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