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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blumenhof School No. 64 (RM of Hanover)

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The Blumenhof School District was organized formally in November 1878 and a school building was erected in the hamlet of Blumenhof (“flower garden” in German, spelled Blumenhoff in some sources) at 23-7-6E in what is now the Rural Municipality of Hanover. The building was moved a mile north some time later. In 1900, a new school was built a half mile south of the former location, on 25-7-6E, and the old school was converted into a barn.

In 1932, this building was moved to 26-7-6E then was replaced by a two-classroom building at the same site, in 1950. A year later, a third classroom was added in the basement. The district was dissolved in 1968 and the school became part of the Hanover Unitary School Division. In need of more classroom space, the building from Ridgewood South School was brought to the site and the school was kept open until a new school opened in the village of Blumenort. Then the building closed, was sold, and renovated into an apartment block. In 2013, a commemorative sign was erected at the site by the EastMenn Historical Society.

Principals (Blumenhof School)

Period

Principal

1917-1919

Peter P. Wohlgemuth

1919-1920

Albert L. Reimer

1920-1947

No Principal

1947-1952

Jacob J. Penner

1952-1959

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck

1959-1961

Gerry B. Doerksen

1961-1966

Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe

1966-1969

Henry F. Schultz

1969 onward

See Blumenort School

Principals (Blumenhof High School)

Period

Principal

1961-1970

Gerry B. Doerksen

Teachers (Blumenhof School)

Period

Teachers

1917-1918

John C. Reimer (junior grades), Peter P. Wohlgemuth (senior grades)

1918-1919

Albert L. Reimer (grades 1-5), Peter P. Wohlgemuth (grades 3-5)

1919-1920

Maria R. Unger (grades 1-3, 1919), Peter P. Wohlgemuth (grades 1-3, 1919), Albert L. Reimer (grades 1-5)

1920-1947

See below

1947-1948

Jacob J. Penner (grades 5-8), Helen Willms (grades 1-4)

1948-1949

Jacob J. Penner (grades 4-8), Helen Willms (grades 1-4)

1949-1950

Jacob J. Penner (grades 4-8), Helen Willms (grades 1-3)

1950-1951

Katherine Ruth Hoemsen (grades 1-2, 1951), Jacob J. Penner (grades 4-8), Helen Willms (grades 1-4)

1951-1952

Peter Abram Hiebert (grades 3-5), Jacob J. Penner (grades 6-10), Helen Willms (grades 1-2)

1952-1953

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 6-10), Peter Abram Hiebert (grades 3-5), Helen Willms (grades 1-2)

1953-1954

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 6-10), Susan Friesen (grades 1-2), Peter Abram Hiebert (grades 3-5)

1954-1955

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 6-9), Susan Friesen (grades 1-2), Peter Abram Hiebert (grades 3-5)

1955-1956

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 9-11), Susan Friesen (grades 1-3), Peter Abram Hiebert (grades 4-8)

1956-1957

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 9-11), Susan Friesen (grades 1-3), John P. Kornelsen (grades 4-8)

1957-1958

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 9-11), John P. Kornelsen (grades 4-8), Laura Plett (grades 1-4)

1958-1959

Bernhard Barkman “Ben” Dueck (grades 9-11), Irvin H. Penner (grades 4-8), Elvera Marie Schroeder (grades 1-3)

1959-1960

Gerry B. Doerksen (grades 9-11), William K. Schellenberg (grades 4-8), Elvera Marie Schroeder (grades 1-3)

1960-1961

Gerry B. Doerksen (grades 9-11), Anne Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Anne Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1962-1963

Agnes Friesen (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

Agnes Friesen (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Mary Kroeker (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1965-1966

Mary Kroeker (grades 1-4), Cornelius D. “Neil” Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Marlene Friesen (grades 1-4), Henry F. Schultz (grades 5-8)

1967-1968

Florence D. Friesen (grades 1-4), William Unger “Bill” Penner (grades 5-8)

1968-1969

Elma Brandt (grades 3-4), Florence Friesen (grades 1-2), Helen Kornelsen (grades 5-6), William Unger “Bill” Penner (grades 7-8)

1969-1970

William Unger “Bill” Penner (grade 9), Donald Roy Toews (grade 7), Arthur B. “Art” Wiebe (grade 8)

1970-1971

Norbert Penner (grade 7), William Unger “Bill” Penner (grade 9), Arthur B. “Art” Wiebe (grade 8)

Teachers (Blumenhof High School)

Period

Teachers

1961-1962

Gerry B. Doerksen (grades 10-11), Glenn R. Klassen (grade 9)

1962-1963

Gerry B. Doerksen (grades 10-11), Theodor Cornelius Martens (grade 9)

1963-1963

Gerry B. Doerksen (grades 10-11), Theodor Cornelius Martens (grade 9)

Among the other teachers of Blumenhof School were Heinrich H. Enns (1906-1908), Franz K. Goossen (1909-1910, 1912-1913), Jakob I. Dueck (1910-1911), Jacob H. Unrau (1911-1912), Reinrich Rempel (1913-1914), P. J. Loewen (1914-1917), Albert L. Reimer (1920-1921), John S. Guenther (1921-1923), Johann C. Reimer (1923-1925, 1926-1928), P. S. Guenther (1925-1926), Waldon A. Barkman (1928-1929, 1930-1935), Helen B. Janz (1929-1930), Hermann Hermann Janzen (1935-1938), J. E. Suderman (1938-1942), Harold Julius Suderman (1942-1943), Frank John Willms (1943-1945), ? (1945-1946), Helena Braun (1946-1947).

Photos & Maps

One of the earlier Blumenhof School buildings

One of the earlier Blumenhof School buildings (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 27.

The three-classroom Blumenhof School, built in 1950

The three-classroom Blumenhof School, built in 1950 (1960s)
Source: John K. Schellenberg, Schools - Our Heritage, 1985.

The former Blumenhof School building

The former Blumenhof School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1212.

The former Blumenhof School building

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

Site Location (lat/long): N49.60321, W96.66527
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.

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.

A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Blumenhof School District No. 64 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Glen Klassen and Ernest Braun of the EastMenn Historical Society for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough

Page revised: 24 August 2018

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