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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bothwell School No. 1961 (New Bothwell, RM of Hanover)

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Principals | Vice-Principals | Teachers | Photos & Maps | Sources

The Bothwell School District was formed in 1919 and the first one-room school was built in 1920, in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. In 1942, another classroom was added. This school was destroyed by fire during the 1944-45 school term. A two-room school was constructed on the same yard and, in 1953, two classrooms were added. Bothwell kept its school during the consolidations of the 1960s, eventually becoming part of the Hanover Unitary School Division. A new six-room school was built in 1972 and the old school was sold. In 1983, the school was expanded to its present size to accommodate classes from kindergarten to grade nine.

In 2013, a commemorative sign was erected by the EastMenn Historical Society.

Principals

Period

Principal

1941-1943

Frank Unrau Dyck (?-1982)

1943-1944

Jake David Pauls

1944-1946

Dietrich Penner

1946-1948

Andrew Rieger Sobering (1896-1967)

1948-1949

Vernon Reimer

1949-1953

Jacob David Pauls

1953-1954

Clifford Milton Reimer

1954-1955

Peter J. Loewen

1955-1957

Abram Enns

1957-1959

John Reimer

1959-1963

Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (1907-1981)

1963-1964

John Rempel

1964-1965

Cornelius L. “Neil” Goertzen

1965-1966

Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (1907-1981)

1966-1967

Hilda Dyck

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1941-1942

Frank Unrau Dyck (grades 4-9), Irene Willms (grades 1-3)

1942-1943

Frank Unrau Dyck (grades 4-10), Irene Willms (grades 1-3)

1943-1944

Jake David Pauls (grades 4-9), Irene Willms (grades 1-3)

1944-1945

Dietrich Penner (grades 4-8), Jessie Peters (grades 1-3)

1945-1946

Dietrich Penner (grades 4-8), Helen Toews (grades 1-3)

1946-1947

Lydia Regehr (grades 1-3), Andrew Rieger Sobering (grades 4-9)

1947-1948

Andrew Rieger Sobering (grades 4-8), Mary Anne D. Sobering (grades 1-3)

1948-1949

Elizabeth Reimer (grades 1-3), Vernon Reimer (grades 4-9)

1949-1950

Jacob David Pauls (grades 4-10), Agnes Wieler (grades 1-3)

1950-1951

Jacob David Pauls (grades 4-9), Agnes Wieler (grades 1-3)

1951-1952

Jacob David Pauls (grades 4-10), Agnes Wieler (grades 1-3)

1952-1953

Jacob David Pauls (grades 4-8), Agnes Wieler (grades 1-4)

1953-1954

Clifford Milton Reimer (grades 7-9), Elvera Schroeder (grades 1-3), Agnes Wieler (grades 4-6)

1954-1955

Betty Falk (grades 1-3), Nettie Loewen (grades 4-6), Peter J. Loewen (grades 7-10)

1955-1956

Abram Enns (grades 9-11), Betty Falk (grades 1-4), Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 5-8)

1956-1957

Abram Enns (grades 9-11), Margaret E. Penner (grades 1-4), Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 5-8)

1957-1958

Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 4-8), John Reimer (grades 9-11), Agnes Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1958-1959

Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 4-8), John Reimer (grades 9-11), Agnes Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1959-1960

Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (grades 9-11), Frances Mary “Fran” Schrader (grades 3-5), Gerd Manfred “Bert” Suss (grades 6-8), Agnes Wiebe (grades 1-2)

1960-1961

Nettie Nikkel (grades 1-2, 1961), Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (grades 9-11), Frances Mary “Fran” Schrader (grades 3-5), Abraham Peter Toews (grades 6-8), Agnes Wiebe (grades 1-2)

1961-1962

Erna Ruth Falk (grades 3-5), Jake D. Hildebrandt (grades 6-8), Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (grades 9-11), Agnes Wiebe (grades 1-2)

1962-1963

Aaron Hildebrand (grades 3-5), Jake D. Hildebrandt (grades 6-8), Adina Esther Klassen (grades 1-2), Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (grades 9-11)

1963-1964

Aaron Hildebrand (grades 3-5), John Rempel (grades 6-8), Linda Carol Suderman (grades 1-2)

1964-1965

Mary Dueck (grades 1-2), Cornelius L. “Neil” Goertzen (grades 6-8), Linda Carol Suderman (grades 3-5)

1965-1966

Mary Dueck (grades 1-2), Nettie Penner (grades 3-5), Gustav “Gus” Pokrant (grades 6-8)

1966-1967

Hilda Dyck (grades 6-8), Anne Hiebert (grades 1-2), Carol Joan Joyal (grades 3-5)

1967-1968

Lydia Lorraine Falk (grades 1-3, ? (grades 4-8)

Among the other teachers who worked at Bothwell School between 1919 and 1939 were Ed Friesen, Henry Wiebe, Bernhard Schellenberg, William Hoeppner, Mary Friesen, Jacob Rempel, Peter Thomas Wiebe (1929-1930), Peter Henry Funk (1938-1939), Peter George Kehler (1939-1940), Jacob Siemens Schellenberg (1940-1941), and Margaret Reimer (?-?).

Photos & Maps

The original Bothwell School, built in 1920 and destroyed by fire in 1943

The original Bothwell School, built in 1920 and destroyed by fire in 1943 (no date) by James Tod
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 68.

The later Bothwell School, built in 1944

The later Bothwell School, built in 1944 (no date) by James Tod
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 68.

The Bothwell School monument

The Bothwell School monument (2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.59060, W96.88940
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bothwell Co-Op Dairy (RM of Hanover)

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, The Board of The Hanover School Division No. 15, May 1985, ISBN 0-919673-93-7.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Bothwell School District No. 1961 - 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: 14 June 2018

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