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Liberals still won both seats. While the majority of Rhineland residents continued to vote Liberal in 1953, many had switched to Social Credit. When Diefenbaker and the Conservatives won the 1957 election both Lisgar and Provencher ridings returned Conservative members for the first time in many years. Rhineland voters, however, overwhelmingly supported the Social Credit candidate, L A. Langtry. Rhineland voters did not stay out of the mainstream long and in the 1958 Diefenbaker sweep voted solidly Conservative. 91

By 1960 the R.M. of Rhineland had lost many of its distinctive Mennonite characteristics, but in the matter of schools and politics it still displayed a good deal of cultural continuity. Mennonites stubbornly insisted on retaining local control of their children's education and in politics they embraced the Social Credit philosophy after the party had largely faded from the Manitoba scene. This tum to the Social Credit in the late 1950's was in part a reaction against modernism as it was perceived as the party most opposed to re-organization of the school system, and best representative of Christian government. 92

Peter Penner- The Free Spirit of Gnadenthal. In the midst of a community that held dear to the work ethic, Peter insisted on his own lifestyle. Winter or summer he could be seen on the road to Winkler or Altona. He also attended many weddings and funerals that occurred in these towns.