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Dr. C. Wiebe of Winkler became the first Mennonite to sit in the Manitoba Legisla ture when he was elected in 1932.
Between 1920 and 1932 voter registration in the provincial riding of Morden-Rhineland increased from 2,835 to 7 A53 and for the first time a Mennonite, Dr. Cornelius W. Wiebe, was elected to the Provincial Legislature in 1932.32
During the years of the school crisis many Mennonites had with drawn from provincial politics and non-Mennonite, non-German repre sentatives were elected in the riding between 1920 and 1932. The exodus of the most conservative Mennonites and the arrival of the more pro gressive Russian Mennonites in the 1920's, however, did much to change attitudes in Rhineland. Similarly, the growth of the co-operative movement in Rhineland, raised the political consciousness in the Mu nicipality.
The co-operative movement also affected town dynamics in the R.M. of Rhineland. Altona had been ascendant in Rhineland since the tum of the century, but it was the co-operatives of the 1930's that clearly established it as the district's commercial and trade center. The first two co-operative ventures in the area, an Oil Station and a Store, were established in Altona, enlarging its trading hinterland. Farmers who came to buy their oil, gasoline and binder twine from Rhineland Consumers Co-operative, also did their other business in Altona. Many of the original members of the Rhineland Consumers Co-op came from the Edenthal, Edenburg, Halbstadt, Silberfeld, Schoenhorst areas, which were or had been in Gretna's trading hinterland. When the co operative oil station was established in Altona, many of the farmers from these areas made Altona their trade center.