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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob Jacob “Jake” Peters (1909-1979)


Born in Sagradowka, Russia [now Ukraine] on 5 May 1909, son of Jacob Heinrich Peters (1885-1963) and Helene Martens (1887-1997), he immigrated to Canada with his family in 1925. They settled in southern Manitoba and he graduated from the Mennonite Collegiate Institute and University of Manitoba summer school with BA and BEd degrees. He began a 40-year teaching career in rural Manitoba schools around 1934, including service as Principal of South Park School (1945-1948), and he married fellow teacher Margaret Klassen (1922-1999) on 4 August 1949. They moved to Steinbach and had three sons. He taught (1950-1957) and was Principal (1952-1966) at Steinbach Collegiate / Steinbach Collegiate Institute, teaching at the latter for one year (1966-1967) before accepting the position of Superintendent of the Hanover School Division (1967-1974). He retired to part-time work in the summer of 1974, as a proofreader at Derksen Printers in Steinbach, and was elected as a school trustee (1975-1979) of the Division. He died at his work desk on 18 September 1979 and was buried in the Steinbach Memorial Cemetery.


“Educator retiring after 40 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 February 1974, page 60.

“Principal gets post,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 May 1974, page 57.

“Well-known educator J. J. Peters dies,” Steinbach Carillon, 19 September 1979, page 1.

Obituary, [Margaret Peters], Steinbach Carillon, 14 June 1999, page 9.

Steinbach Memorial Cemetery burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.

Peters Ammeter family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 October 2018

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