Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mitchell School No. 1965 (Mitchell, RM of Hanover)
The Mitchell School District was established in April 1919 and a one-room schoolhouse operated in the village of Mitchell (SE6-7-6E) in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. In the 1950s, another classroom was added to cope with increased student enrollment, and a teacherage was built. In 1968, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Hanover School Division. Students were bused to nearby Steinbach and the Division used the former school building as a workshop and warehouse. Later the property was sold to a local resident. In 2013, a commemorative sign at the site was erected by the EastMenn Historical Society.
Among the other teachers of Mitchell School were Catherine Froese (1921), Gerhard J. P. Kliewer (1921-1922), Lena F. Reimer (1922), Henry Nerada (1923), Peter J. B. Reimer (1924-1925), Mary Derksen (1925-1926), Sarah E. Warkentin (1926), Werner Schnoor (1927), E. Jendt (1927), Mary Kornelsen (1928-1929, 1930-1933), Elly Peters (1929-1930), Agathe Warkentin (1933-1936), Anne J. Siemens (1936-1941), Sara Janzen (1941-1942), Abram Peter Janzen (1942-1945), Frank John Willms (1945-1946), Alexander Isaac “Alex” Fast (1947-1949, 1951-1952), Bert Suss, G. S. Rempel, Betty Plett, Ivan Headings, Kathy Peters, H. Warkentin, Elizabeth Plett, F. J. Willms, G. P. Neufeld, Helen Woelke, Mrs. R. Giesbrecht, J. Friesen, Joseph Plett, Verna Funk, Anne Dueck, Elmer Sawatsky, Ramona Dueck, Henry Schultz, Charlotte Quasso, and A. Hildebrand.
Photos & Coordinates
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.
Schools - Our Heritage: From 46 School Districts to Hanover Unitary School Division (1878-1968) by John K. Schellenberg, The Board of The Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985, ISBN 0-919673-93-7.
Manitoba School Records Collection (GR2656), Mitchell School District No. 1965 Daily Attendance Registers, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank Glen Klassen and Ernest Braun of the EastMenn Historical Society for providing information used here.
Page revised: 21 November 2020