The Ekfrid School District was established formally in March 1921 from a catchment area previously in the Grimsby School District. A schoolhouse located on the northwest border of NW15-2-3W served the Blumengart Hutterite Colony in what is now the Municipality of Rhineland. The original schoolhouse was demolished about 1957 and replaced by a second building slightly to the south. This building was replaced in 2007 by the present school on the original site. In January 1973, the district became part of the Stanley School Division / Garden Valley School Division.
Among the teachers of Ekfrid School were J. J. Sawatski (1922-1926), William Frank Derksen (1926-1931, 1949-1955), James A. Unger (1931-1934), Peter M. Hamm (1934-1942), Susie Peters (1942-1943), Hilda Hediger (1943-1944), Mary Peters (1944-1945), Lena Neufeld (1945-1946), Rudolph Horky (1946-1947), Herbert Peters (1947-1948), Eva Flemming (1948-1949), Dorothy Peters (1955-1956), Dorothy Marie Penner (1956-1957), Wilhelmina Kartanson (1957), Abram “Abe“ Wiebe (1957-1958), Helen Schultz (1959-1960), Isaac Henry Voth (1960-1961), Kenneth James “Ken” Dyck (1961-1963), Laurence Leslie McGill (1963-1964), and Jacob H. Janzen (1964-1968).
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.13273, W97.79529
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Grimsby School No. 1993 (RM of Rhineland)
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.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Ekfrid School No. 2061 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.
School division and school district formation files (E 0027), Ekfrid School District No. 2061, GR1688, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Ekfrid School No. 2061 Cash Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Ekfrid School No. 2061 Minute Book, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.
Departmentally appointed school trustee files (E 0034), Ekfrid School No. 2061 Miscellaneous, GR1629, Archives of Manitoba.
School division half-yearly attendance reports (E0757), Archives of Manitoba.
Volost and Municipality: The Rural Municipality of Rhineland, 1884-1984. by Gerhard John Ens.
We thank Bruce Wiebe for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 15 May 2021
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