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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blumenort School No. 62 (Blumenort, RM of Hanover)

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The Blumenort School District was established formally in November 1878 and a one-room schoolhouse operated near the present-day village of Blumenort in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. The first teacher was Cornelius P. Friesen, who was paid $50 plus oats and hay for his livestock plus firewood. He was expected to construct the benches and tables for the school. In the spring of 1920, a new school was constructed at NE21-7-6E based upon the architectural drawings of Gilbert C. Parfitt. It served the educational needs of the community until 1935 when the district was subdivided to form the new Twin Creek School District No. 2260. The building was moved to SW21-7-6E where it became Twin Creek School, while a new school was constructed one mile north of the old site, as Blumenort School. This building was expanded in 1940 to a two-room structure, with a third classroom added in 1961. Four years later, a new three-classroom school was built one-half mile north and one-half mile east of the former location.

On 9 January 1967, the Twin Creek School was destroyed by fire so its students were bused to Blumenort School. To accommodate the increased enrollment, a portable hut was attached to the existing school as a fourth classroom. In 1968, administration of the school was taken over by the Hanover School Division. In 2013, a commemorative sign was erected by the EastMenn Historical Society.

Principals (Blumenort School)

Period

Principal

1914-1918

Heinrich R. Reimer

1918-1919

Gerhard Giesbrecht Kornelsen (1878-1958)

1920

Wilhelm “William” Kornelsen

1920

Heinrich R. Reimer

1920-1940

No Principal

1940-1942

Aaron Reimer Wiebe

1942-1943

Gerhard Johann Peter “John” Kliewer (1898-1944)

1944

Margaret M. Toews

1944

Cornelius L. “Neil” Toews

1944-1955

Gerhard K. Reimer

1955-1958

Irvin H. Penner

1958-1964

Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe

1964-1968

Melvin Penner

Principals (Blumenort High School)

Period

Principal

1963-1968

Gerry B. Doerksen

Teachers (Blumenort School)

Period

Teachers

1914-1915

David P. Reimer (junior grades), Heinrich R. Reimer (senior grades)

1915-1916

David P. Reimer (junior grades), Heinrich R. Reimer (senior grades)

1916-1917

David P. Reimer (junior grades), Heinrich R. Reimer (senior grades)

1917-1918

Heinrich R. Reimer (senior grades), Maria R. Unger (junior grades)

1918-1919

Gerhard G. Kornelsen (grades 1-5, 1919), Maria R. Unger (grades 1-5)

1919-1920

Gerhard G. Kornelsen (grades 2-3, 1919), Wilhelm “William” Kornelsen (grades 3-5, 1920), Heinrich R. Reimer (grades 3-5, 1919)

1920-1940

(See below)

1940-1941

Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3), Aaron Reimer Wiebe (grades 4-8)

1941-1942

Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3), Aaron Reimer Wiebe (grades 4-9)

1942-1943

Gerhard Johann Peter “John” Kliewer (grades 4-9), Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3)

1943-1944

Cornelius L. “Neil” Toews (grades 4-9, 1944), Gerhard Johann Peter “John” Kliewer (grades 4-9, 1943), Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3; grades 1-9, 1944)

1944-1945

Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 4-9), Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3)

1945-1946

Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 4-8), Margaret M. Toews (grades 1-3)

1946-1947

Helen Pankratz (grades 1-3), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 4-7)

1947-1948

Helen Pankratz (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-9)

1948-1949

Helen Pankratz (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-7)

1949-1950

Helen Pankratz (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-10)

1950-1951

Betty Koop (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-11)

1951-1952

Betty Koop (grades 1-3), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 4-8)

1952-1953

Annie Isaac (grades 1-3), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 4-8)

1953-1954

Annie Isaac (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-8)

1954-1955

Annie Isaac (grades 1-4), Gerhard K. Reimer (grades 5-8)

1955-1956

Annie Isaac (grades 1-4), Irvin H. Penner (grades 5-8)

1956-1957

Annie Isaac (grades 1-4), Irvin H. Penner (grades 3 & 5-8)

1957-1958

Annie Isaac (grades 1-3), Irvin H. Penner (grades 4-9)

1958-1959

Lena Schinkel (grades 1-3), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 4-8)

1959-1960

Helen Letkemann (grades 1-3), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 4-9)

1960-1961

Helen Letkemann (grades 1-3), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 4-8)

1961-1962

Helen Letkemann (grades 1-3), Alvina June Wiebe (grades 3-5), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 6-8)

1962-1963

Hilda Siemens Friesen (grades 1-2), Helen Letkemann (grades 3-5), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 6-8)

1963-1964

Helen Letkemann (grades 3-5), Annie Penner (grades 1-2), Arthur Bernard “Art” Wiebe (grades 6-8)

1964-1965

Helen Letkemann (grades 3-5), Annie Penner (grades 1-2), Melvin Penner (grades 6-8)

1965-1966

Helen Letkemann (grades 3-5), Annie Penner (grades 1-2), Melvin Penner (grades 6-8)

1966-1967

Eva Fast (grades 1-2), Helen Letkemann (grades 3-5), Melvin Penner (grades 6-8)

1967-1968

Henry Dueck (grades 5-6), Eva Fast (grades 1-2), Melvin Penner (grades 7-8), Margaret Ruth Toews (grades 3-4)

Teachers (Blumenort High School)

Period

Teachers

1963-1964

Gerry B. Doerksen (grade 11), Peter U. Dueck (grade 10, 1963), Marion Edith Jasper (grade 10, 1964)

1964-1965

Lorene Kiu Chui (grade 9), Gerry B. Doerksen (grade 11), Glenn Rudolph Klassen (grade 10), Theodor Cornelius Martens (grade 9)

1965-1966

Gerry B. Doerksen (grade 11), Glenn Rudolph Klassen (grade 10), Theodor Cornelius Martens (grade 9)

1966-1967

Gerry B. Doerksen (grade 11), Glenn Rudolph Klassen (grade 10), Theodor Cornelius Martens (grade 9)

1967-1968

Murray C. Barkman (grade 9), Gerry B. Doerksen (grade 9), David Friesen (grade 9, 1967)

Among the teachers who worked at Blumenort School through the years were: Cornelius P. Friesen, John B. Toews, Gerhard K. Giesbrecht, Heinrich R. Reimer (1907-1914), Gerhard G. Kornelsen (1920-1921), Frank Wiebe (1921-1923), David P. Reimer (1923-1924), Abraham P. Toews (1924-1927), Wilhelm “William” Kornelsen (1927-1928), John C. Reimer (1928-1939), and Aaron Reimer Wiebe (1939-1940).

Photos & Maps

Blumenort School

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

Blumenort School after a second classroom was added in 1940

Blumenort School after a second classroom was added in 1940 (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 27.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.60201, W96.70957
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

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.

Plans and shop drawings (GS 0100), Blumenort School District No. 62, GR3125, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Blumenort School District No. 62 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E 0757), 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: 14 July 2018

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