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consisted largely of religious instruction and moral education in addi­ tion to teaching the three R's. Textbooks consisted of the Old and New Testaments, catechism, a song book (Gesangbuch), a German primer (Fibel), and a mathematics book.

Most of the school hours, however, were spent with the Bible, catechism and song book in which the ideals for life in the community and church were found. The aim was to teach them the simple duties of farm life." School attendance was compulsory for eight months each year for boys age six to twelve and girls six to fourteen.

Wilhelm Rempel and Family - Standing Lt. to Rt.: Wilhelm Rempel, daughter Sarah, son-In-law Janzen, son Wilhelm. Seated: Mrs. Sarah (Abrams) Rempel, sons Peter, and Gerhard, daughter Mrs. Janzen. Wilhelm Rempel was born on December 29, 1846 in the village of Rosenthal of the Chortitza Colony in Russia. He became a teacher in 1870 and taught until 1878 when he emigrated to Canada. Although he initially set out to become a farmer in Hoffnungsfeld, West Reserve, Rempel was convinced by Franz Froese, then the Schulze of Reinland, to accept the position of teacher in the Reinland Private School. He taught in this school from 1878 to 1882 when he became teacher of the newly organized district school in the village of Reinland. In 1884 he left his position as teacher to become the secretary­ treasurer of the newly formed R.M. of Rhineland and Inspector of Mennonite Schools in Manitoba. He served as Inspector until 1887. Wilhelm Rempel was also one of the original founders of the M.E.I. in Gretna starting the Schulverein there in 1889. He also became the schools first teacher but only taught for a year. In the 1890's he moved to Saskatchewan to teach there.

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