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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bristol School No. 1977 (RM of Hanover)

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The Bristol School District was established in June 1919 and a one-room schoolhouse operated at NE8-6-6E in the Rural Municipality of Hanover. In 1938, the original building was enlarged by the addition of a second classroom, and a second teacher was hired. In 1968, the district was dissolved and its area became part of the Hanover School Division. The school continued operating until 1971, after which students were bused to Steinbach. The two-room school and its teacherage, a barn, and the land were sold for $5,000. In 2013, a commemorative sign was erected at the site by the EastMenn Historical Society.

Principals

Period

Principal

1938-1941

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

1941-1947

Peter Thomas Wiebe

1947-1948

Angelina Wiebe Kroeker

1948-1953

Peter Thomas Wiebe

1953-1958

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther

1958-1960

Peter Sawatsky

1960-1961

Gerhard Solomon Rempel (c1896-1969)

1961-1964

Joseph Goertzen Plett

1964-1965

Walter A. Foth

1965-1968

Theodore Wilbur “Ted” Wiens

Teachers

School Year

Teachers

1938-1939

Gerhard J. P. Kliewer (grades 5-9), Elfrieda Vogt (grades 1-4)

1939-1940

Gerhard J. P. Kliewer (grades 5-9), Elfrieda Vogt (grades 1-4)

1940-1941

Gerhard J. P. Kliewer (grades 5-8), Elfrieda Vogt (grades 1-4)

1941-1942

Elfrieda Vogt (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-10)

1942-1943

Gertrude Fast (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1943-1944

Irene Loewen (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-9)

1944-1945

Ellen Schellenberg (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-10)

1945-1946

Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-8), Evangeline Willms (grades kindergarten-4)

1946-1947

Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-9), Helen Willms (grades kindergarten-4)

1947-1948

Angelina Wiebe Kroeker (grades 5-8), Ellen Schellenberg (grades kindergarten-4)

1948-1949

Mary Elizabeth Warkentin (grades kindergarten-3), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1949-1950

Violet S. Friesen (grades kindergarten-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-8)

1950-1951

Violet S. Friesen (grades 1-3), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 4-8)

1951-1952

Gerhard T. “George” Reimer (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-9)

1952-1953

Gerhard T. “George” Reimer (grades 1-4), Peter Thomas Wiebe (grades 5-10)

1953-1954

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther (grades 5-9), Gerhard T. “George” Reimer (grades 1-4)

1954-1955

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther (grades 5-9), Melvin Clifford Toews (grades 1-4)

1955-1956

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther (grades 5-9), Melvin Clifford Toews (grades 1-4)

1956-1957

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther (grades 5-9), Lillian Unger (grades 1-4)

1957-1958

Lawrence Wilbert Guenther (grades 5-9), Lillian Unger (grades 1-4)

1958-1959

Susan Krahn (grades 1-4), Peter Sawatsky (grades 5-9)

1959-1960

Elva S. Born (grades 1-6), Peter Sawatsky (grades 7-10)

1960-1961

Elsie Margaret Krahn (grades 1-4), Gerhard Solomon Rempel (grades 5-8)

1961-1962

Elsie Margaret Krahn (grades 1-4), Joseph Goertzen “Joe” Plett (grades 5-8)

1962-1963

Elsie Margaret Krahn (grades 1-4), Joseph Goertzen “Joe” Plett (grades 5-8)

1963-1964

Elsie Margaret Krahn (grades 1-4), Joseph Goertzen “Joe” Plett (grades 5-8)

1964-1965

Walter A. Foth (grades 5-8), Elsie Margaret Krahn Harms (grades 1-4), Hilda Janzen (grades 1-4, 1965)

1965-1966

Dorothy Arlene Fender (grades 1-4), Theodore Wilbur “Ted” Wiens (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Lena St. Vincent (grades 1-4), Theodore Wilbur “Ted” Wiens (grades 5-8)

1967-1968

Mrs. Emma Wiens (grades 1-4), Theodore Wilbur “Ted” Wiens (grades 5-8)

Among the other teachers were Ben S. Rempel (1919-1920), George K. Reimer (1920-1922), Gerhard J. P. Kliewer (1922-1938), and Henry Rosner (1941).

Photos & Maps

Bristol School

Bristol School (no date) by A. A. Herriot
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 70.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.47291, W96.73695
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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, GR2656, Bristol School District No. 1977 Daily Registers, Archives of Manitoba.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 17 March 2017

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