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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Schoenwiese School No. 2134 (Schoenwiese, RM of Rhineland)

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In the 1870s, Schoenwiese was one of the larger villages established in the Mennonite West Reserve, in what is now the Rural Municipality of Rhineland. By 1881, its 31 households had a total population of 171 people, including many children. Until the 1920s, the children were educated at a private German-language school. In 1923, the school became bilingual, with half of the instruction occurring in English and half in German. In July 1925, this was no longer considered acceptable, and the English-only Schoenwiese School District was organized formally. During this transition period, many residents of the area moved to Mexico. Grade 1 and 2 classes were held in a building at the south end of the village, while classes in grades 3 to 8 were held in a building at this site. A two-room schoolhouse was constructed here by 1930.

The school operated until 1982 when children were bused to Reinland School No. 2130 at Reinland, along with children from the surrounding communities of Rosengart and Haskett. After a period of use as a community centre, the school building was removed from the site. The original school building was renovated into a teacherage then was used as a granary and later a workshop. Still standing in Schoenwiese (about N49.03530, W97.82078), it is used for accommodating livestock.

Principals

Period

Principal

1934-1937

Bernard Daniel Hildebrand

1937-1941

Jacob Peter Friesen

1941-1943

Peter Aron Rempel

1943-1944

Katherine Wiebe Peters

1944-1945

Frank Peter Giesbrecht

1945-1947

Margaret Reimer

1947-1949

Katharina Wiebe Peters

1949-1950

Jacob J. Bergen

1950-1952

Esther Pearl Schellenberg

1952-1955

Daniel D. Peters

1955-1957

no Principal

1958-1959

Arthur Frank Sawatzky

1959-1963

no Principal

1963-1966

Abram Jacob Friesen

1966-1968

Jacob J. Enns

Teachers

Period

Teachers

1934-1935

Bernard Daniel Hildebrand (grades 4-9), Mary E. Hildebrand (grades 1-3)

1935-1936

Bernard Daniel Hildebrand (grades 4-7), Anna Janzen (grades 1-3)

1936-1937

Bernard Daniel Hildebrand (grades 4-8), Anna Janzen (grades 1-3)

1937-1938

Ella J. Adrian (grades 1-3), Jacob Peter Friesen (grades 4-9)

1938-1939

Jacob Peter Friesen (grades 4-10), Anna Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1939-1940

Jacob Peter Friesen (grades 4-9), Anna Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1940-1941

Jacob Peter Friesen (grades 4-8), Anna Wiebe (grades 1-3)

1941-1942

Jessie Dyck (grades 1-3), Peter Aron Rempel (grades 4-8)

1942-1943

Jessie Dyck (grades 1-3), Peter Aron Rempel (grades 4-9)

1943-1944

Jessie Dyck (grades 1-3), Katherine Wiebe Peters (grades 4-10)

1944-1945

Jessie Dyck (grades 1-3), Frank Peter Giesbrecht (grades 4-9)

1945-1946

Justine Reimer (grades 1-3), Margaret Reimer (grades 4-10)

1946-1947

Justine Reimer (grades 1-4), Margaret Reimer (grades 5-9)

1947-1948

Susie E. Hildebrandt (grades 1-4), Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 5-9)

1948-1949

Katharina Wiebe Peters (grades 5-9), Sarah Zacharias (grades 1-4)

1949-1950

Jacob J. Bergen (grades 4-8), Margaret Bergen (grades 1-3)

1950-1951

Helen Penner (1-4 grades), Esther Pearl Schellenberg (grades 4-9)

1951-1952

Tina Redekopp (grades 1-4), Esther Pearl Schellenberg (grades 4-9)

1952-1953

Daniel D. Peters (grades 5-8), Mrs. Daniel D. Peters (grades 1-4)

1953-1954

Daniel D. Peters (grades 5-9), Louise Peter (grades 1-4)

1954-1955

Daniel D. Peters (grades 5-9), Elma Peters (grades 1-4)

1955-1956

Daniel D. Peters (grades 1-10)

1956-1957

Arthur Frank Sawatzky (grades 1-9)

1957-1958

Justine Falk (grades 1-3, 1958), Arthur Frank Sawatzky (grades 1-8; grades 4-8, 1958)

1958-1959

Arthur Frank Sawatzky (grades 1-10)

1959-1960

Erdman Klassen (grades 1-9)

1960-1961

Erdman Klassen (grades 1-10)

1961-1962

Peter J. Voth (grades 1-9)

1962-1963

Peter J. Voth (grades 1-9)

1963-1964

Abram Jacob Friesen (grades 1-8, 1963; grades 4-8), Hilda Friesen (grades 1-3)

1964-1965

Caroline Ann Elias (grades 1-3), Abram Jacob Friesen (grades 4-8)

1965-1966

Caroline Ann Elias Ens (grades 1-4), Abram Jacob Friesen (grades 5-8)

1966-1967

Caroline Ann Elias Ens (grades 1-4), Jacob J. Enns (grades 5-8)

1967-1968

Caroline Ann Elias Ens (grades 1-4), Jacob J. Enns (grades 5-8)

Among the teachers of Schoenwiese School were Ida Hiebert (1926-1927), Isbrand J. Krueger (1927-1928 & night school), Anna Hendricks (1928-1929), Peter Jacob Heinrichs (1929-1934), Mary Ann Wiebe (1981-1982), and Peter Friesen (1981-1982).

Photos & Maps

The original Schoenwiese School building

The original Schoenwiese School building (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-3, page 101.

The original Schoenwiese School building

The original Schoenwiese School building (February 2015)
Source: Albert Falk

The second Schoenwiese School building

The second Schoenwiese School building (1941)
Source: Albert Falk

The second Schoenwiese School building

The second Schoenwiese School building (circa 1986)
Source: Historic Resources Branch, Public School Buildings Inventory, slide 1085.

Former location of Schoenwiese School, marked with the sign that was once displayed over the entrance door to the building

Former location of Schoenwiese School, marked with the sign that was once displayed over the entrance door to the building (February 2012)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.03729, W97.82258
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.

Border Valley Yearbook, 1982-1983.

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

Manitoba School Records Collection, Schoenwiese School No. 2134 Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

School division half-yearly attendance reports (E0757), Archives of Manitoba.

We thank Albert Falk, Margaret Friesen, and Marjorie Hildebrand for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 February 2018

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