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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mitchell School No. 1965 (Mitchell, RM of Hanover)

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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.

Principals

Period

Principal

1955-1956

Gerhard Peter Neufeld (c1890-1968)

1956-1960

Gerhard Solomon Rempel (c1896-1969)

1960-1963

Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss

1963-1964

John Friesen

1964-1965

Joseph G. Plett

1965-1966

Mrs. Katherine Peters

1966

Monroe Doerksen

1966-1967

Elmer Sawolty

1967-1968

Henry Schultz

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1952-1955

?

1955-1956

Gerhard Peter Neufeld (grades 4-6), Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-3)

1956-1957

Gerhard Peter Neufeld (grades 1-4), Gerhard Solomon Rempel (grades 4-9)

1957-1958

Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-4), Gerhard Solomon Rempel (grades 5-9)

1958-1959

Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-4), Gerhard Solomon Rempel (grades 5-9)

1959-1960

Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-4), Gerhard Solomon Rempel (grades 5-9)

1960-1961

Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-4), Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Elizabeth Loewen “Betty” Plett (grades 1-4), Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss (grades 5-8)

1962-1963

Helen Woelke (grades 1-4), Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

John Friesen (grades 5-8), Ruth Giesbrecht (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Anne Dueck (grades 1-4), Joseph G. Plett (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Monroe Doerksen (grades 5-8, 1966), Verna Nettie Funk (grades 1-4), Mrs. Katherine Peters (grades 5-8, 1965-1966)

1966-1967

Ramona Eva Dueck (grades 3-5), Verna Nettie Funk (grades 1-2), Elmer Sawolty (grades 6-7)

1967-1968

Ramona Eva Dueck (grades 3-5), Verna Nettie Funk (grades 1-2), Henry Schultz (grades 6-8)

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

Mitchell School

Mitchell School (early 1920s) by James Tod
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 68.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.53260, W96.75668
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 21 November 2020

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