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Memorable Manitobans: Gerhard Enns Kornelsen (1857-1933)


Born in Russia on 28 May 1857, to parents of German heritage, he immigrated to Canada in 1874 and settled near Steinbach in the recently-established Province of Manitoba. He was a pioneer educator at Steinbach School, serving as its first teacher (1887-1911) and Principal (1897-1911). He married Elisabeth Giesbrecht (1855-?) and had ten children: Gerhard Giesbrecht Kornelsen (father of Mary Kornelsen), Aganetha Kornelsen (1880-?), Elisabeth Kornelsen (1882-?), Maria Kornelsen (1884-?), Margaretha Kornelsen (1884-?), Jacob Giesbrecht Kornelsen, Wilhelm “William” Kornelsen (1888-?), Abraham Kornelsen (1889-?), Johan Kornelsen (1893-?), and Agatha Kornelsen (1895-?). He was an member of the local Mennonite Church and was involved actively in the South End Sunday School. He died at Steinbach on 2 February 1933. He was commemorated with the naming of Kornelsen School, the first school at which he taught, and later with the renamed Steinbach Collegiate Institute.


Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Geo. E. Kornelson, 76, pioneer teacher of Steinbach, Man, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 February 1933, page 9.

“G. G. Kornelsen dies on Easter Sunday,” Steinbach Carillon, 11 April 1958, page 1.

St. Boniface estate file #2648, Gerhard E. Kornelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

St. Boniface estate file #6164, Jacob Giesbrecht Kornelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

St. Boniface estate file #7501, Gerhard Giesbrecht Kornelsen, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 July 2018

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