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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grossweide School No. 786 (Municipality of Rhineland)

The Grossweide School District was established in September 1893 by Rhineland Municipal By-Law No. 28 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE20-3-2W in what is now the Municipality of Rhineland. The district was dissolved in January 1971 and its area became part of the Plum Coulee Consolidated School District and later the Rhineland School Division. The school yard was bought by the farmer who owned the adjoining land and the former school building was moved to the yard of the son of the man who had originally donated the school site. In 1991, a school reunion was held, during which a commemorative metal marker was erected at the school site.

Among the teachers of Grossweide School in the 1950s were John Enns (grades 2-4), Peter Hildebrand (grade 1), John Klassen (grades 5-8), and Herb Warkentin (high school).

Grossweide School

Grossweide School (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 126.

Grossweide School

Grossweide School (no date)
Source: Jim Dyck

Grossweide School commemorative sign

Grossweide School commemorative sign (November 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.23410, W97.68547
denoted by symbol on the map above


Cummin’s Rural Directory Map for Manitoba published by the Cummins Map Company, 404 Chambers of Commerce, Winnipeg, 1923. [Copies held by Edward M. Ledohowski and Gordon Goldsborough]

One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.

Prairie Roots and Branches by Arnie Neufeld, Heritage Valley Publications, 1995.

Obituary [John Enns], Mennonite Brethren Herald, 1 June 2010.

We thank Pam Klassen for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Al Schmidt (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre), Jim Dyck, Gordon Goldsborough, and Rose Kuzina.

Page revised: 17 July 2022

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