Historic Sites of Manitoba: Barker School / Sommerfeld School No. 2058 (Sommerfeld, Municipality of Rhineland)
Known originally as Barker School when it was organized formally in February 1921, in Sommerfeld in the Municipality of Rhineland, it was renamed Sommerfeld School during the summer of 1923. Until 1940, when a new structure was constructed, the school occupied a private building that had operated in the community. In 1961, another school building was moved to the site from Lowe Farm for use as a second classroom. The two separate buildings were, for a time, identified as No. 1 South School and No. 2 North School. The district was dissolved in 1971 but one of the building continued to be used for elementary classes for another five years. The second building was sold and moved out of the village. The remaining building was sold to the community in 1977 and used as a community centre. It now appears to be unused.
Among the other teachers at Barker School / Sommerfeld School were W. Toews (1922-1923), J. F. Kroeker (1923-1927), J.? P. Zacharias (1927-1829), Abram Daniel Friesen (1928-1929), ? (1929-1930), Jacob J. Enns (1930-1931), Katharina Wiebe “Kath” Peters (1931-1934), Henry Schellenberg (1934-1940), George Schellenberg (1940-1941), William Friesen (1941), Peter J. Peters (1941-1942), Dorothy Janzen (1943), Jacob J. Enns (1943-1946), Peter Bernhard Krahn (1946-1952), Abram P. Hildebrand (1952-1955), and Jacob J. Koop (1955-1957).
Photos & Coordinates
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.
A Study of Public School Buildings in Manitoba by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1994, 230 pages.
We thank Al Schmidt (Altona and District Heritage Research Centre) for providing additional information used here.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Barker School District No. 2058 - Daily Register, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.
Manitoba School Records Collection, Sommerfeld School District No. 2058 - Daily Registers, GR2656, Archives of Manitoba.
We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 10 February 2021