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.





Gerhard Peter Neufeld (c1890-1968)


Gerhard Solomon Rempel (c1896-1969)


Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss


John Friesen


Joseph G. Plett


Mrs. Katherine Peters


Monroe Doerksen


Elmer Sawolty


Henry Schultz


School Year





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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Mitchell School commemorative sign

Mitchell School commemorative sign (April 2022)
Source: Rose Kuzina

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


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 (EastMenn Historical Society) and Rose Kuzina for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 April 2022

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