Greenwald School

The Greenwald School District No. 1160 was formed on Jan. 25, 1902 by the Munc. Of St. Clements.

The boundaries were readjusted in 1926 and again in 1935 and 1936. As of Oct. 19, 1935, the lands contained in the S.D. were: Sec. 1930 and 31in 15-8E, Sec.6 in 16- 8E, Sec. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, and 36 in 15-78, and Sec. 1, 2, 3, 10, and I I, in l6-7E. In June of 1936, by order-in-council (716/36) Greenwald lost more land when the N 1/2 and SE 1/4 of 6-16-8E was transferred to that berg South S.D. No. 1411, effective July 1, 1936.

School finances, prior to and during the Second World War, were somewhat in a mess, due to arrears of taxes. By Dec. 31, 1942, St. Clements was having difficulty
advancing any more monies to meet the demands of the district. Finally, in mid-1943, a compromise settlement was arrived at between the S.D. and the Munc. The arrears totaled about $1,288.00 and the S.D. executed a release and accepted $644. 10 from the Munc. wiping out all previous debt.

Then in 1945, there started a controversy that was to continue for many years. It appears there were about 14 children living on the east side of the Brokenhead River.
They could travel to the west side easy enough in winter, by crossing over the frozen ice. However, in the spring, summer and till freeze up they had to reach school by means of a few planks precariously supported by a couple of posts, which spanned a drainage ditch immediately north of the Kozera residence. To reach the planks, the
children had to go across Kozera’s farmyard. The planks were not by any means safe even in dry weather and definitely hazardous during wet weather. The foot bridge
was repaired in 1946.

Also in Jan. 1945, the Greenwald boundary was adjusted further (by arbitration dating back to March 10, 1944) detaching SW 23, all of Sec. 22-15-7E from Greenwald and transferring same to the Mars S.D. No. 177 4.

The footbridge problem erupted again in Dec. 1959. At
a Special Ratepayers meeting held on Sat. Dec. 12, 1959,
the people of Greenwald threatened to petition for a new
school district for the east side of the Brokenhead if St.
Clements didn’t build a new bridge. They wanted immediate
action or they would let it go to arbitration.

However, things simmered down a little for a time. The boundary of Greenwald was confirmed by bylaw No. 1207 of the Munc. of St. Clements on Nov. 14, 1950 as being: Sec. 23, except the SW I /4, 24, 25, 26, 2’l, 34, 35, 36, in l5-7E, Sec. 19, 30, and 3l in 15-88., Sec. 1, 2, 3, 10, I l, in 16-7E, and Sec. SW I /4 of 6 in l6-8E.

In May 1953, a resolution was passed by the Greenwald S.D. requesting St. Clements to approve a road on the north side of the “T” drain between Sec. 25 and 36 in tp.
15-7E. Earlier in the spring a petition had been signed praying for the road (to serve the children) running from the highway to the river.

Toward the end of Jan. 1960, the trustees of Greenwald S.D. during their regular Board meeting agreed unanimously that they didn’t want to build another school on the east side of the river, but would prefer the pupils living on the east side to attend Greenwald.
However, there was still the question of the walking bridge. The condition, they felt, was beyond repair and had to be replaced. Therefore, why not replace it with a “driving bridge” safe for the vehicle traffic and place it at the foot bridge site, thus solving Greenwald’s problem of east-side access,

Council on Feb. 9, 1960 decided to proceed with their efforts to re-construct the bridge at 34-15-7E and this annoyed Greenwald and they wrote to the Dept. of Education voicing a complaint about the bridge.

The Dept. of Educ. wrote to St. Clements about the bridge decision, although bridges were outside their jurisdiction, and suggested the footbridge location would be in the best interests other children. The Prov. Dept. of Public Works and Highways as early as Feb. 1960 had told St. Clements that a bridge would cost about $40,000 at 34-15-78, while a footbridge would cost at least $8,500 and a 10 foot, one-way vehicle passage would total another $20,000.

In July 1961 bylaw No. 1534 was prepared to answer to a petition to form the new S.D. of Hofer where there were 25 children situated on two parcels: NE 1/4 of 26- 15-7E consisting of 159 acres. The other parcel was the NW 1/4 of 25-15-7E with 98 acres, except an area traversed of the Brokenhead River on part of NW 1/4 registered at the LTO as No. 2677 and also the southerly 302 in depth of the most northerly 1492 in depth of the most westerly 322 feet in width of the NW 1/4 of Sec. 25- l5-73.

The Hofer S.D. (bylaw No. 1534) received 3 readings and was approved by March 15, 1962 effective retroactive to Jan. 1, 1962.

Then by Nov. 1964, both the Brokenhead S.D. No. 472 and the Greenwald S.D. No. l160 had petitioned for union consolidation. The Arbitrators met at the Brokenhead School and the Award dated March 29, 1965 (signed by Fred Small, John A. Otto, Wm. Brodsky and K. Pokrant Sec.) granted approval for consolidation. The new consolidated district would be named “The consolidated School Detect of Brokenhead No. 2436”
effective Jan. l, 1966 and considered as being in Ward two other Agassiz School Division No. 13.

The old Greenwald cheer was now only a memory: “Zip, Zo, Zay, we’re from Greenwald, we’re okay!” or “1160 Let them know, We’re from Greenwald never

As for the Secretary-Treasurers, it would appear that those in charge of the Greenwald Accounts were: A. Trapp, Dan Zieski, August Froehlich, Fred Hlady, Henry Froehlich, Paul C. Trapp, Ralph King, Fred Kurbis, Peter Kozera (also Henry Schade from about
1952 to 1956).

The budgets for Greenwald fluctuated according to their needs and the amounts they asked St. Clements to levy and collect were based on estimated expenditure, only. We list here a few sample years that were submitted to the council, usually in June of each year.

1930 $ 1,270.00
1931 870.00
1932 795.00
1933 ‘,770.00
1934 690.00
1936 800.00 193’7 910.00


700.00 80.00
520.00 50.00
520.00 50.00
440.00 50.00
450.00 50.00
500.00 50.00

We would like to share the names of most all of the teachers who taught at Greenwald S.D. No. 1160:

Karl Kaufman 1905
Sadie M- Furst 1906-1908
Adolf Guse 1908-1920
Mrs. Medarie Poitras Rock 1920-1923
Alice Donovan 1923
Mary J. Parkins 1924
Henry Graff 1924-1931
Petter Martin Juul 1931- 1934
Falden Scheske 1934-1943
Henry Moroz 1944
John Henry Sawadsky 1944-1945
Mr. Henry Moroz 1945-1946
Dorothy Emma Recksiedler 1947
Nathaniel George Maclntosh 1947-1948
Mary Neufield 1948-1949
Henry Moroz 1949-1952
Steve Zastawny 1952-1954
Isabella Natalie Sosnowski 1954-1955
Joan Cecilia Sigurdson 1955-1956
AlYina Krocker 1957
Mrs. Marjorie E. Smith 195?-1958
D.A. Hodgkinson 1958-1959
Eugene Michalow 1959-1960
Mary Moroz 1960-1961
Peter J. Williams 196l-1962

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