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Memorable Manitobans: Peter Johan S. Guenther (1897-1991)


Born at Steinbach on 17 January 1897, son of cheesemonger Peter H. Guenther (1864-?) and Maria Schnieder (1872-?), his early years were spent on the family homestead in La Broquerie. He attended Normal School and worked over 40 years as a school teacher in rural Manitoba, including work at Randolph School (1921-1922), Sarto School (1923), Goodwill School (1923-1925), and Blumenhof School (1925-1926). He joined the Steinbach School District No. 65 as a teacher (1926-1947) and Principal (1936-1947) of Steinbach School, Principal of Southwood School (1947-1953), and lastly as a teacher at Elmdale School (1954-1962), after which he retired. On 2 November 1923, he married Agnes Wiebe (c1899-1987) and they had five sons: Lawrence Guenther, Bert Guenther, Peter Guenther, Ralph Guenther, and Dennis Guenther. He died at Steinbach on 23 February 1991 and was buried in the Steinbach Memorial Cemetery.


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“64 years of marriage,” Steinbach Carillon News, 4 November 1987, page 7.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1991, page 21.

Obituary, Steinbach Carillon News, 25 February 1991, page 21. 27 February 1991, page 22.

Obituary [Agnes Guenther], Winnipeg Free Press, 14 November 1987, page 60.

Obituary [Agnes Guenther], Steinbach Carillon News, 18 November 1987, page 12.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 11 January 2019

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