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Memorable Manitobans: David Toews (1870-1947)

Educator, cleric.

Born at Lysanderhoeh, Russia in 1870, his family moved to Khiva in the 1880s and emigrated to Kansas, USA in 1884. There he attended elementary school and the Halstead Seminary. He taught school for several years then moved to Gretna where he taught public school before receiving a teaching certificate. In 1898, he moved to the North West Territories (now Saskatchewan) where he co-founded the German English Academy (later Rosthern Junior College) at Rosthern in 1904. He was its Principal until 1920 and a board member until 1944. He was ordained into the ministry in 1900 and served as Chair of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada from 1914 to 1940. He is commemorated by a monument on the Winnipeg campus of the Canadian Mennonite University.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives / Mennonite Educators Monument (600 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg)


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 June 2015

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