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ChapterVll

Industry, Modernity, Continuity 1939-1960

World War II not only created another crisis of faith for the Mennonites in Rhineland, but also marked the beginning of a long period of prosperity for the area. Despite the problems in marketing wheat, agricultural prices rose during the war making farming very profitable again. The demand for vegetable oils during the war also led to the introduction of oil seed crops, which in tum resulted in the establishment of an oil seed crushing plant in Altona. The rationing of gasoline during the war, on the other hand, gave new life to the smaller towns in the municipality as the trading areas of Winnipeg and larger area towns shrank.

R.M. of Rhineland Offices during the 19405. These offices were built in 1944 the same year the municipality celebrated its 60th Anniversary. The standing figure is David Stobbe a long time secretary-treasurer of the municipality.

Credit: W. J. Kehler

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