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Memorable Manitobans: Julius George Toews (1893-1981)

Educator, historian.

Born at Rhineland, Manitoba on 30 April 1893, son of Julius Toews and Anna Giesbrecht, he was raised on the family farm near Winkler, attending the Mennonite Collegiate at Gretna then received a BA degree from the University of Manitoba. He taught school at various places in rural Manitoba, including service as Principal of Rosenfeld School (1922-1923), Steinbach School (1923-1941), Altona School (1944-1946), Hiltonmye School (1950-1951), Gunton School (1952-1954), Horndean School (1954-1956), and Great Falls School (1960-1961). He retired in 1969. Active in the Mennonite Central Committee, he was an MCC Director in 1952 and 1953. He helped to establish the Bethesda Hospital at Steinbach, and was a founding member of the Grace Mennonite Church, where he served as a Deacon until late in his life. In 1974, he co-authored the book Manitoba Mennonite Memories: A Century Past but not Forgotten with Lawrence Klippenstein. He was active with the Steinbach Board of Trade, Steinbach Kiwanis Club, Manitoba Musical Festival, Community Progress Competition in the 1930s, and the Manitoba Teachers’ Federation. He died at Winnipeg on 11 July 1981 and was buried in the Steinbach Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 July 1981, page 51.

Obituary, Steinbach Carillon, 15 July 1981, page 7B.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 15 May 2014

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