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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wells School No. 1998 / Gnadenthal School No. 1998 (Gnadenthal, RM of Rhineland)

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Known as the Wells School District when it was established in February 1920, it was renamed Gnadenthal School in July 1938. A one-room schoolhouse operated in the village of Gnadenthal (SE4-2-3W) in the Rural Municipality of Rhineland. After the district was dissolved, its area became part of the Rhineland School Division.

Principals

Period

Principal

1932-1943

Paul Jacob Schaefer (c1899-1969)

1943-1945

David P. Hildebrandt

1945-1946

John M. Giesbrecht

1946-1947

?

1947-1948

Helene Sawatzky

1948-1949

Susie Peters

1949-1953

William Schroeder

1953-1954

Henry Dick

1954-1958

Henry George Ens

1958-1959

Alfred Harry Kroeker

1959-1960

Irwin H. Penner

1960-1963

Gerhard A. Hildebrand

1963-1965

Theodore George Klassen

1965-1967

John J. Arendt

1967-1968

David Kenneth Doell

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1932-1933

Aganetha Luella “Nettie” Kroeker (grades 1-3), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 4-8)

1933-1934

Aganetha Luella “Nettie” Kroeker (grades 1-3), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 4-9)

1934-1935

Armin J. Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10)

1935-1936

Armin J. Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10)

1936-1937

Armin J. Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10)

1937-1938

Armin J. Sawatzky (grades 1-4), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10)

1938-1939

Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10), Jacob Toews (grades 1-4)

1939-1940

Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10), Jacob Toews (grades 1-4)

1940-1941

Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10), Jacob Toews (grades 1-4)

1941-1942

Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10), Jacob Toews (grades 1-4)

1942-1943

George Enns (grades 1-4), Nettie Selma Labun (grades 1-4, 1943), Paul Jacob Schaefer (grades 5-10)

1943-1944

David P. Hildebrandt (grades 5-10), Kate Bertha Janzen (grades 1-4)

1944-1945

David P. Hildebrandt (grades 5-10), Anna Wiebe (grades 1-4)

1945-1946

John M. Giesbrecht (grades 5-10), Susie Peters (grades 1-4)

1946-1947

Susie Peters (grades 1-4), ? (grades 5-10)

1947-1948

Susie Peters (grades 5-9), Helene Sawatzky (grades 1-4)

1948-1949

George William Neufeld (grades 1-5, 1948; grades 4-6, 1949), Helene Neufeld (grades 1-3, 1949), Susie Peters (grades 6-10, 1948; grades 7-10, 1949)

1949-1950

George William Neufeld (grades 1-5), William Schroeder (grades 6-10)

1950-1951

Anne “Annie” Dueck (grades 1-5), William Schroeder (grades 6-10)

1951-1952

Anne “Annie” Dueck (grades 1-5), William Schroeder (grades 6-10)

1952-1953

Elizabeth Margaret Dueck (grades 1-5), William Schroeder (grades 6-10)

1953-1954

Henry Dick (grades 6-10), Elizabeth Margaret Dueck (grades 1-5)

1954-1955

Elsie Agnes Dyck (grades 1-5), Henry George Ens (grades 6-10)

1955-1956

Elsie Agnes Dyck (grades 1-5), Henry George Ens (grades 6-10)

1956-1957

Henry George Ens (grades 5-10), Phyllis Elaine Hooge (grades 1-4)

1957-1958

Henry George Ens (grades 6-10), Phyllis Elaine Hooge (grades 1-5)

1958-1959

Alfred Harry Kroeker (grades 6-10), Anne Thiessen (grades 1-5)

1959-1960

Irwin H. Penner (grades 5-9), Anne Thiessen (grades 1-4)

1960-1961

Gerhard A. Hildebrand (grades 5-9), Anne Thiessen (grades 1-4)

1961-1962

Gerhard A. Hildebrand (grades 5-9), Anna Gertrude “Ann” Schmidt (grades 1-4)

1962-1963

Gerhard A. Hildebrand (grades 5-9), Anna Gertrude “Ann” Schmidt (grades 1-4)

1963-1964

Theodore George Klassen (grades 5-9), Anna Gertrude “Ann” Schmidt (grades 1-4)

1964-1965

Helen Irene Klassen (grades 1-3), Mary Klassen (grades 4-5), Theodore George Klassen (grades 6-8)

1965-1966

John J. Arendt (grades 6-8), Helen Doreen Enns (grades 1-3), Mary Klassen (grades 4-5)

1966-1967

John J. Arendt (grades 6-8), Helen Doreen Enns (grades 1-2), Mary Klassen (grades 3-5)

1967-1968

David Kenneth Doell (grades 6-8), Louise Esther Meryle Janzen (grades 1-2), Mary Klassen (grades 3-5)

Among the other teachers at Wells School were David Heinrichs (1925-1925), John H. Giesbrecht (1925-1927), Jacob A. Dyck (1927-1928), and Paul Jacob Schaefer (1928-1932).

Photos & Maps

Gnadenthal School

Gnadenthal School (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 74.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.09620, W97.79695
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Altona West topographic map, 62H/4 West, Edition 1, Series A743 [UFS Reference Collection].

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.

The Rural Municipality of Rhineland: 1884-1984 by G. J. Ens, page 279. [Manitoba Legislative Library, F5648.R45 Ens]

Manitoba School Records Collection, Wells School No. 1998 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Gnadenthal School No. 1998 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 27 January 2018

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