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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shakespeare School No. 2069 (RM of Tache)

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The Shakespeare School District was organized formally in July 1920 and a school building was erected on the northwest quarter of 2-8-5 east of the Principal Meridian, in the Rural Municipality of Tache. Most early records of school operations have been lost. In 1953, a second classroom was added to the original one-room building.

Administration of the two-classroom school was taken over by the Hanover Unitary School Division in January 1968 and the school remained opened for grades 1 to 6 until June 1971, higher grades having been bused to Landmark in 1970. By the fall of 1971, all grades went to Landmark. The building, teacherage and site were sold to a local group for use as a community centre but the initiative did not come to fruition. The school is now used as a private residence.

Principals

Period

Principal

1953-1954

Frank K. Isaac (1923-2010)

1954-1957

Harvey Van Penner

1957-1958

Jacob J. Koop

1958-1960

Abe Goertzen

1960-1962

John Ernest Martens

1962-1964

Henry W. Funk

1964-1968

Werner Rempel

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1953-1954

Frank K. Isaac (grades 4-9), Agathe Friesen (grades 1-3)

1954-1955

Harvey Van Penner (grades 4-10), Martha Reimer (grades 1-3)

1955-1956

Nettie Nikkel (grades 1-4), Harvey Van Penner (grades 5-9)

1956-1957

Nettie Nikkel (grades 1-4), Harvey Van Penner (grades 5-10)

1957-1958

J. H. Bock (grades 1-4, 1958), Jacob J. Koop (grades 5-9), Nettie Nikkel (grades 1-4), Gil Reimer (grades 1-4, 1958)

1958-1959

Abe Goertzen (grades 5-9), Adina Ewert Goertzen (grades 1-4)

1959-1960

Abe Goertzen (grades 5-9), Adina Ewert Goertzen (grades 1-4)

1960-1961

Adina Ewert Goertzen (grades 1-4), John Ernest Martens (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Emily Helen Loewen (grades 1-4), John Ernest Martens (grades 5-8)

1962-1963

Henry W. Funk (grades 5-8), Emily Helen Loewen (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

Elma Brandt (grades 1-4), Henry W. Funk (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Elma Brandt (grades 1-4), Werner Rempel (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Marlene Reimer (grades 1-4), Werner Rempel (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Helen Barkman (grades 1-4), Werner Rempel (grades 5-8)

1967-1968

Helen Barkman (grades 1-4), Werner Rempel (grades 5-8)

Among the other teachers of Shakespeare School were Aaron Wiebe, Henry P. Giesbrecht (1926-1927), Cornelius Frank Penner (1927-1934), Agatha Epp (1935), Jacob J. Wedel (1935-1937), Andrew Rieger Sobering (1937-1938), Hermann Hermann Janzen (1938-1939), Kate Klassen (1940-1941), Margaretha Friesen Reimer (1941-1942), Gerhard George Baerg (1942-1943, 1943-1944), John C. Reimer (1943), and Frank K. Isaac (1944-1953).

Photos & Maps

Shakespeare School

Shakespeare School (no date) by R. Goulet
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 88.

The former Shakespeare School building

The former Shakespeare School building (October 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.63421, W96.81959
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, Steinbach: The Board of the Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Shakespeare School District No. 2069 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Shakespeare School District No. 2069 - Daily Registers, GR8404, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 May 2018

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