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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Silberfeld School No. 1590 (Silberfeld, Municipality of Rhineland)

The Silberfeld School District No. 523 was established in January 1888 but it appears a school never operated because the district was reformed by the Council of the Rural Municipality of Rhineland in June 1911. Even then, a one-room schoolhouse was not built in the village of Silberfeld (SW22-1-1W) until 1919. In 1968, the district became part of the Gretna Consolidated School District and later the Rhineland School Division. The school was moved to Gretna to be used as extra classroom space. The yard and teacherage were bought by the last teacher to be used for a livestock-growing operation.

Among the teachers of Silberfeld School were Jacob Janzen and Alfred George Enns (1965-1966, grades 1-8).

Silberfeld School

Silberfeld School (no date) by G. G. Neufeld
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 145.

Silberfeld School

Silberfeld School (no date)
Source: Benno and Mary Loewen (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre)

The renovated Silberfeld School building

The renovated Silberfeld School building (no date)
Source: Benno and Mary Loewen (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre)

Aerial view of the Silberfeld School site, with the associated teacherage, garden, and barn

Aerial view of the Silberfeld School site, with the associated teacherage, garden, and barn (no date)
Source: Benno and Mary Loewen (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre)

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.04526, W97.50504
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Altona East topographic map, 62H/4 East, 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.

Manitoba School Records Collection, Silberfeld School District No. 1590 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.

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

Silberfeld 1878-2008, One Hundred and Thirty Years of Change by Benno and Mary Loewen, Rosenort: Country Graphics and Printing Ltd., circa 2009.

We thank Benno Loewen, Mary Loewen, Marie Dueck, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Al Schmidt (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre) and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 April 2021

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