A very rare "arial" panorama photo of of the Winkler high school ca. 1912

This very rare photo (looking southeast) was taken from the top level of the Winkler Milling Company grain elevator shortly after the school's completion in 1912. The road running in front of the school, is Mountain Avenue today. Sadly, the school was demolished in 1954.

Under construction ca. 1910

The first class picture (above) in the new school. 1912

Mr. J. J. Enns with his classes, 1913.

Back Row (L-R): Olga Graefer, Mary Wiebe, Susie Thiessen, Mary Giesbrecht, Mary Hiebert, Martha Bauman, Mary Friesen, Mary Rietze, Mary Leiding.

Middle Row: Beth Elias, Mary Loeppky, Viola Ulrich, Helen Friesen,
Helen Neufeld, Annie Warkentin, Katherine Wiebe, Mary Penner, Anne Neufeld, Susie Penner, Mary J. Loewen, Frieda Graefer, Lizzie Derksen, Mary Esau.

Front Row: Reinhold Ulrich, Bill Derksen, HenryThiessen, John Bueckert, John Esau, Arthur Loeppky, Peter W. Kroeker, Jake Funk, Jake Worms, Matthew Schulz, Willie Bauman, Bill Funk, not known, Adolph Graefer, John Leidin

ca. 1944.  Note: The bell tower was removed at some point.  Unfortunately, this historical Winkler building was demolished 10 years after this photo was taken.

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