Rich Prairie School #1103

Bienfait, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rich Prairie School #1103

It was located on N.W. 1/4 of Section 15, Township 3, range 6, W2.
as shown in the 1927 road map below.
5 miles N, and 2 1/2 miles E of Bienfait


Part of my Dad's 1927 Map of the North School Location
Each small Square on this map is 1 mile Sq

Legally established school here, Sept 19, 1904
Senior Trustee, William Butt, address, Estevan Assiniboia.

Dec 10, 1904 they were allowed to borrow $800 to aquire school site, build and furnish the school
Treasurer's Address- Gustav Hesse, Bienfait, Assiniboia

Feb 15, 1913
Here is an ad for a lady School Teacher
submitted by F. A. Cleophas, Sec-Treasurer

In 1911 Census, Frederick Cleophas,
(shown in error as Cleopkas)
lived on NW Sec 16, Tsp 3, Rge 6, W2,
with his wife, Leonara (sp?), son Thuon (sp?), and daughter Inez.
With them as a boarder was Ethel Lloyd,
a female School Teacher, b- Sept 1886, in ON, age 24.

Frederick A. Cleophas, b- Mar 27, 1874, d- July 16, 1939
His wife, Leonora, Nee Blaser),
and son Theron Clephas, all buried in Bienfait Cemetery

A famous pupil of this school, in the mid 1940's was Dr. Morrel Paul Bachynski, P.Eng., Ph.D.

  • b- Summer of 1930
  • d- Mar 21, 2012, at his home in Montreal, age 81
  • President and Founder of MPB Technologies, and MPB Communications Inc. of Montreal
  • He was a former Vice-President of Research and Development at RCA
  • He graduated from Bienfait High School in 1948.
  • Attended Engineering Program at University of Saskatchewan
  • Attained Bachelor of Engineering in Physics in 1952, then his Masters Degree, finally a PhD
  • He was the son of Nick and Carolina Bachynski of Bienfait, they were married in 1923. Carolina came to Taylorton from the Ukraine in 1922, in 1929 they moved from Taylorton to the Farm near Bienfait

where Morrel and his siblings were raised.

  • Nick Bachynski
    • b- Dec 3, 1895 in Zastawna Austria
    • d- May 24, 1970
    • enlisted in WWI in Canora SK., Apr 1916, reg # 267730
    • Residence shown as Yorkton SK when he enlisted
    • next of kin an Uncle in Sheho SK, Mike Dersesky? (Bersesky?)
  • Carolina Bachynski, nee ?
    • b- July 15, 1904
    • d- May 6, 1970, age 65
  • they had 3 other children: 2 daughters who died in infancy, son- Frank Bachynski

Aloysius “Ole” Julius Walliser

  • attended this school as well
  • He died age 41 in June 1965.
  • 1940-1955 he worked for Western Dominion Mine
  • He was a partner in Panteluk and Walliser Construction

William (Bill) Theodore Lafrentz

  • Served a number of years on the School board for this School
  • b- Apr 17, 1890, in Bennett, Cedar Co., Iowa, USA.
  • d- May 1965 in Bienfait SK, age 75
  • He came to Bienfait area in 1909
    • son of NICOLAUS HEINRICH LAFRENZ
      • b- Mar 8, 1862, STRUKKAMP, FEHMARN ISLAND, GERMANY
      • d- Jan 10, 1938, ESTEVAN, SK CANADA
    • and MARGARETHA MEYER, MEIER
      • b- AUG 2, 1867, BRUNSBUTTEL, HOLSTEIN, GERMANY
      • d- Feb 16, 1930
  • Bill married Thora (Dora) Gundhild Anderson
    • b- July 18, 1901, HIRSCH, SK CANADA
    • d-Apr 22, 1978, Tijuana Mexico
  • They had 3 daughters and 3 sons.




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