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Yarrow, British Columbia

Edited by
Esther Epp Harder, Edwin Lenzmann, and Elmer Wiens

Yarrow Elementary School

The instant, immigrant village of Yarrow that materialized on the drained bottomlands of Sumas Lake grew rapidly. Chauncey Eckert's advertisements of farmland for sale in such publications as the Winnipeg Free Press Farmer, whose information was reprinted as a letter in the Mennonitische Rundschau, found ready buyers among Mennonite families anxious to escape the harsh climate of the Canadian Prairies. At first, the pioneer settlers' children attended the Majuba Hill or Vedder Schools. When the burgeoning population of children made these arrangements untenable, the Chilliwack School Board built a one-room school on a five-acre property fronting onto Central Road, presently the site of Yarrow Park in downtown Yarrow.

Yarrow Elementary School — 1928
Yarrow Elementary School - 1928
Looking South-Westerly
Photograph Courtesy of Agatha Klassen
Klassen, Agatha. E. Yarrow: A Portrait in Mosaic. Clearbrook, BC: Klassen, 1976.



On opening day, September 13, 1928 the school's enrolment stood at twenty-nine children. Miss Currie, the school's first teacher, transferred from the closed Majuba Hill School. In 1929, the Chilliwack School board appointed Mr Carl Wilson the first principal of the Yarrow Elementary School (Klassen 96). Toilets were outhouses, while a hand pump supplied water for drinking and washing one's hands.

Yarrow Elementary School - 1930
Yarrow Elementary School — 1930
Looking North-Westerly
Photograph Courtesy of Agatha Klassen

When Yarrow's spiralling growth quickly outgrew this facility, the School Board built in 1930 another one-room building, a copy of the first building. The two buildings fronted on Yarrow Central Road.




Yarrow Two Room School (circa 1932)
Yarrow Two Room School (circa 1932)
Photograph Courtesy of the H. Sukkau Collection
Yarrow Two Room School (circa 1932)
Yarrow Elementary School - Looking North-West
Photograph Courtesy of Elizabeth Sukkau Penner
Yarrow Elementary - 1934-35 Yarrow Elementary - 1934-3
Yarrow School Mr. Wilson's Grade 6 Class 1934-35     Photographs Courtesy of Elizabeth Sukkau Penner
Yarrow Elementary - 1934-35 Yarrow Elementary - 1934-3
Miss Kerr's Girls P.E. Class



Just one year later, these two classrooms provided inadequate space for Yarrow's school age children, and the School Board rented two rooms in the MB Church a short distance west along Central Road. By 1933 with the school population at 121 pupils, the School Board resolved its predicament of insufficient classrooms by leasing a two-room school built on the MB Church grounds, to lodge students in grades three to six. The MB Church provided these classrooms with the understanding that they could also be used as Sunday School classrooms.

MB Church Two Room School — 1934
MB Church Two Room School — 1934
Looking North-Easterly
Photograph Courtesy of Agatha Klassen



Student enrollment continued to grow and by 1936 these arrangements were again untenable. The School Board built a large, four-room school along 2nd Avenue, which was occupied by the 210 students at the start of January, 1937 (Klassen 103).

Yarrow Four Room School (1937)
Yarrow Four Room School (1937)
Photograph Courtesy of Elizabeth Sukkau Penner
Yarrow Four Room School (circa 1937)
Yarrow Four Room School (circa 1937)
Photograph Courtesy of Agatha Klassen
Yarrow Elementary - Grades 4 & 5 - Marion Lewis, Teacher, 1937
Yarrow Elementary - Grades 4 & 5 - Marion Lewis, Teacher, 1937
Photograph Courtesy Bill Nickel



Yarrow children near the big swing
Yarrow children near the big swing
Photograph Courtesy of Agatha Klassen



The Chilliwack Progress March 21, 1945
Letter to the Editor regarding the state of Chilliwhack's Rural Schools

Editor, The Progress:

Your editorial remarks in the issue of March 7th re school inspector's report are timely and should aid in bringing to all unprejudiced minds the conditions of our "Rural Schools" and the shocking neglect that has been their lot in the past. I fail to see any reason why this has been tolerated so long in a public institution such as a school. The public should at once demand a change and ask that these schools be given standard sanitary conveniences.

Our entire school problem seem to be in a state of great uncertainty, when in my opinion, it should not be, for we have had under our democratic way of life, two plebiscites on this question, each one returning with a definite "no" to centralization. Why is our school board not doing something definite to decentralizing our school system according to the wishes of those they serve. Why should children resident in the western half of our municipality be obliged to travel distances up to 12 miles for their education?

Now let us look at Sumas. We have here enough children to warrant enlarging Sumas School from a four-room to an eight-room school, capable of teaching up to and including grade 9. This would mean that at least one bush could be sold. Yarrow too, could stand the same.

"Exit bus two."

One bus then, by using Vedder Bridge, could haul Yarrow and Sumas students of grades 10 and up to Chilliwack High School. This policy could be followed all round and by the sale of two buses and cancellation of any orders for new ones, we could finance a change in sanitary conditions. Our schools have a right to be where the children are. It is far better for them that this should be so. Opportunities for their education in a country school can be made equal to a city school when they are handled by a board that is equally interested in all schools, whether they are rural or urban.

To the ratepayers, I would say, get interested, this is your problem; you finance the school board. How do you want them to act? By act of law, we have to pay taxes to educate our young people. This is as it should be, but I don't believe we are forced to put our nose to the stone to pay for a fleet of school buses to suit the whims of a few fanatical idealists.

We cannot afford centralization. We have voted it down twice. The school board is elected to serve and carry out your wishes. It is fully time you let those wishes be known in a very definite manner. Taxes are levied on land for education, not transportation. We, as farmers have no guarantee on the price of our produce, why should we be asked to guarantee anything? When the war ends our real internal problems will face us and in the difficult years ahead we many very soon be getting a dollar per can for our produce, who knows? We who live in the rural areas are proud of our district. Let us demand that the schools built by the dollars that are made in the rural areas, shall help to beautify and be an asset to the area that paid for them.

Signed:
James Bray
R.R.1 Sardis




Carl Wilson, Principal 1929-1950

A Tribute to Mr. Carl Wilson

On a special occasion such as this,
It seems like a good time to reminisce.
Tonight let your mind go back to a certain date
Way back to the fall of the year 1928.
Many families had come to settle down
In this lovely area, now a good sized town.

The need for their children's education soon arose,
So a one room school on Central Road they chose.
Miss Ella Currie their first teacher came to be,
And she did a good duty, as was plain to see.
The School-room soon became quite alive
With ages six to fifteen and grades one to five.

But as the community began to grow,
The little school room soon did overflow.
The need for more facilities was then detected,
And in 1929 another one room building was erected.
Mr. Carl Wilson was appointed teacher here,
And grades three to five to him became very dear.

Then, just like the raspberries that thrived and grew,
More children and more class rooms soon was nothing new.
These students from all other he could well distinguish -
They were all bi-lingual, but knew very little English
So when for a paragraph or composition Mr. Wilson did ask,
With such a limited vocabulary it seemed like an impossible task.

How should these children ever get to college?
When in school there wasn't a library or books of knowledge?
You see, on radios or newspapers no money was spent.
Church, Sunday school and school were their only source of current events.

Then when the roll call came it caused quite a dilemma,
It was either Peter, John, Mary Lena or Anna!
These names he had probably heard before,
But little did he know what else was in store -
There was Giesbrecht, Rempel, Nickel and Sawatsky,
Kroeker, Derksen and also Rogalsky.

But being a teacher wasn't his only task,
In case of illness or accident for his help they did ask.
He was always willing to lend a helping hand
To these people who came from a foreign land.

Four students graduated from Grade Eight in 1932.
Others that could have; had to join the working crew.
Hop picking in those times was a must for all,
So school did not commence till late in the fall.
For Mr. Wilson, this fulfilled a wish,
For everyone knew how much he enjoyed to fish!

Do you remember how discipline was practiced here?
Conduct was a subject treated with respect and fear.
10 marks off! If a pencil or eraser you dropped.
A note to a friend or lover and another 50 you flopped.
So if by the end of the term good marks you wanted to see,
A model student you had better be!

Remember our lunch pails, what labels they bore?
You could tell they had been filled with Rogers Syrup before.
The contents were usually very plain,
But they served the purpose just the same.
Our sandwiches consisted mostly of lard, syrup or peanut butter,
But, we were thankful and no complaints did utter.

We hadn't heard of vitamins or the word nutrition,
But in spite of this, we weren't in such bad condition.
Our wearing apparel was not out of Vogue,
Not even anything ordered from the catalogue.
For anything to keep us warm clean and neat
We were thankful; and that made our wardrobe complete.

We were glad to be in this beautiful land,
And to give our parents a helping hand.
Working at home consisted of many a chore
So going to school was never a bore.
We thought it a pleasure to come and relax,
And listen to Mr. Wilson who gave us the facts.

He was always there, sunshine and rain,
We feel his efforts have not been in vain.
Among former students you will find lawyers and teachers,
Bankers, doctors, dentists, farmers and preachers,
Store-keepers, clerks, missionaries and mothers,
To be sure, there must be numerous others.

We have fond memories of Yarrow pioneer days,
And feel that you, Mr. Wilson, deserve much of the praise.

May 3rd, 1975.
Kay Dyck Schellenberg






Yarrow Elementary School — 1945

Principal Carl Wilson and Teachers
Principal Carl Wilson and Teachers

Miss Edmondson's Grade Two Class
Miss Edmondson's Grade Two Class






Yarrow Elementary School — 1947

Principal Carl Wilson and Teachers
Principal Carl Wilson and Teachers

May Queen Frieda Epp and her Princesses
May Queen Frieda Epp and her Princesses

Elementary School Students
Back: Minnie Plett, Ethel Knox, Leona Sawatsky, Agnes Braun
Front: Elsie Kliewer, Beverly (cousin Knox sisters) , Edith Knox

Elementary School Students
Elementary School Students
Grace Friesen and Edith Knox standing with Ethel Knox

Elementary School Students
Margaret Kroeker, Edith Knox and Edith Rempel

Elementary School Students
Miss Edmondson and Miss Nightengale with Edith and Ethel Knox

The Chilliwack Progress June, 1947

School Results - Yarrow School - 1947

Grade 6 - Teacher Carl A. Wilson - promoted to Grade 7

Corny Allert, Helmut Allert, Hilda Berg, Arnold Bergman, Ernest Block, Vera Block, Sigfried Braun, John Derksen, Viola Derksen, Henry Dyck, Jessie Dyck, Lenora Dyck, Mary Dyck, George Fast, Gloria Fast, Peter Fast, Dorothy Funk, Walter Giesbrecht, Ernie Isaac, Jacob Janzen, Sarra Kasper, Isaac Kasper, Betty Kehler, Art Klassen, Selma Klassen, Tina Klassen, Tina Koehn, Walter Koop, John Kornelsen, Peter Kornelsen, Joan Krause, Henry Pankratz, George Peters, Jake Schmidt, George Toews, Esther Block, Henry Kliewer.

Grade 5 - Teacher: Miss Laura Dayton - promoted to Grade 6

Katy Bergman, Alvina Block, Jacob Boldt, Frieda Derksen, Hank Dyck, Susie Dyck, Katherine Enns, Betty Epp, John Fast, Frieda Friesen, Dave Giesbrecht, Elmer Guenther, Alvin Harder, Annie Janzen, Ervin Jantzen, Helen Koehn, Willie Koop, Bertha Kornelsen, Walter Martens, Betty Matthies, Ed Neufeld, Elfrieda Neufeldt, Lora Neufeldt, Hanna Nikkel, Jake Penner, Minnie Plett, Mary Ratzlaff, John Reimer, Thelma Reimer, Edith Rempel, Leona Sawatsky, Marian Toews, Paul Unger.

Grade 4 -Teacher: Miss Frieda Nightingale - promoted to Grade 5

Annie Bergman, Annis Dyck, Anton Dyck, Jake Dyck, Helen Dyck, Arthur Block, Martha Fast, Grace Friesen, Henry Giesbrecht, Selma Giesbrecht, Elmer Goertz, Berta Harder, Arthur Janzen, Irma Janzen, Marvin Janzen, Arthur Klassen, Dorothy Klassen, Johnny Klassen, Abe Konrad, Erika Kaethler, Ethel Knox, Edward Kopp, Albert Krause, Mary Lenzman, Jake Martens, Harvey Neufeldt, Rudy Peters, Lydia Ratzlaff, Hilda Reimer, Rudy Reimer, Hildegard Rempel, Reuben Sawatsky, Erna Schellenberg, Henry Schellenberg, Elvina Sukkau, Lily, Toews, Walter Unger, Victor Wall, Johnny Matties.

Grade 3 - Teacher: Miss A. Sangster - promoted to Grade 4

John Allert, Carl Bartsch, Annie Block, Elsie Braun, Agnes Braun, Dave Derksen, Elfrieda Epp, Kenneth Epp, Betty Fast, Arthur Funk, Eddie Giesbrecht, Margaret Guenther, Viola Heinrichs, Katy Klassen, Victor Kliewer, Edith Knox, Agnes Koehn,. Margaret Konrad, Elvira Kopp, Agnes Langemann, Elvira Lenzmann, Hilda Martens, David Matties, Leonard Neufeldt, Bettyanne Nikkel, Willie Pnakratz, Peter Penner, Otto Penner, Mary Reimer, Betty Reimer, David Reimer, Mary Reger, Ina Roberts, Frances Sawatsky, Elsie Toews.

Grade 2 - Teacher: Miss J. Edmondson - promoted to Grade 3

Susan Bergman, Jack Derksen, Bobbie Epp, Esther Epp, Frieda Fast, Lois Fast, Julianna Friesen, Rosie Friesen, Martha Guze, Arnold Harder, Ernie Harder, John Harder, Elmer Janzen, Hilda Janzen, Ruth Janzen, Magdaline Koehn, Violet Kaethler, Gordon Klassen, Herbert Klassen, Elfrieda Kopp, Gerald Martens, Jerry Penner, Abe Ratzlaff, Ernie Ratzlaff, Charlotte Rempel, Ervin Sawatsky, Eddy Schellenberg, Harry Schellenberg, Ernie Wiens, Dick Williams.

Grade 1 - Teacher - Mrs. N. Baily - promoted to Grade 2

Betty Dyck, Bernie Dyck, Ervin Dyck, Henry Dyck, Rosemary Dyck, Anna Epp, Katie Fast, William Friesen, George Giesbrecht, Walter Goerz, Emily Guze, Marilyn Hiebert, Frieda Klassen, Elsie Kliewer, Martha Neufeld, Waldo Neufeldt, Allan Nikkel, Susan Nikkel, Rita Penner, Victor Peters, Alita Reimer, Johnny Reimer, Martha Reimer, Joan Rempel, Lenora Schellenberg, Joan Sudermann, Peter Thiessen, Jean Toews.






Yarrow Elementary School News From The Chilliwack Progress For 1949
The Chilliwack Progress April 13, 1949

Elementary Schools Music Festival

Yarrow School Choir - 1949

Yarrow school choir sings "The Haymaker's Roundelay" under direction of Frieda Nightingale at Tuesday's session of Elementary Schools Festival held in Chilliwack Tuesday and Wednesday. The Children are in grade four, part of a total entry estimated at over 3,500 for both Upper Fraser Valley Competitive and schools non-competitive festivals.

'Night of stars and night of love,
 flow gently down the water,
  Heaven around, below and above,
  No more we'll see the shore.'
  Lyrics as recalled by Elvira Lenzmann


The Chilliwack Progress July 13, 1949

School Results - Yarrow School - 1949

Division 1 - Grade 6 - Teacher Carl A. Wilson - promoted to Grade 7

Annie Bergman, Annis Dyck, Helen Dyck, Jake Dyck, Grace Friesen, Hilda Froese, Hugo Froese, Henry Giesbrecht, Elmer Goertz, Berta Harder, Irma Janzen, Arthur Janzen, Erika Kaethler, Arthur Klassen, Dorothy Klassen, Irwin Klassen, Abe Konrad, Edward Kopp, Ethel Knox, Albert Krause, Mary Lenzman, Jake Martens, Harvey Neufeldt, Rudy Peters, Helen Regier, Hildegarde Rempel, Hilda Reimer, Lydia Ratzlaff, Rudy Reimer, Erna Schellenberg, Henry Schellenberg, Elvina Sukkau, Helen Thiessen, Lily Toews, Victor Wall.

Division 2 Grade 5 - Teacher: Miss Laura Dayton - promoted to Grade 6

John Allert, Carl Bartsch, Annie Block, Agnes Braun, Elsie Braun, Dave Derksen, Elfrieda Epp, Kenneth Epp, Art Funk, Ed Giesbrecht, Henry Goossen, Viola Heinrichs, Elmer Klaassen, Katy Klassen, Vic Kliewer, Edith Knox, Agnes Koehn, Margaret Konrad, Elvera Kopp, Elvera Lenzman, Hilda Martens, David Matthies, Bettyanne Nikkel, Willie Pankratz, Elvera Penner, Otto Penner, Peter Penner, Mary Reger, Betty Reimer, David Reimer, Mary Reimer, Frances Sawatsky, Elsie Toews.

Division 3 - Grade 4 -Teacher: Miss Frieda Nightingale - promoted to Grade 5

Susan Bergman, Jackie Derksen, Bobby Epp, Esther Epp, Frieda Fast, Julianna Friesen, Katie Goossen, Martha Guze, Arnold Harder, Ernie Harder, Johnny Harder, Hilda Janzen, Ruth Janzen, Violet Kaethler, Herbie Klassen, Elsie Kliewer, Elfrieda Kopp, Victor Kornelsen, Peter Klassen, Delores Kroeker, Jerry Penner, Rita Penner, Abe Ratzlaff, Charlotte Rempel, Erica Rempel, Helen Rempel, Ervin Sawatsky, Harry Schellenberg, Peter Thiessen, Arnold Toews, Ernie Wiens, Dick Williams.

Division 4 - Grade 3 - Teacher: Mrs. N.H. Burgess - promoted to Grade 4

Lillian Allert, Rudy Adrian, Lena Brauer, Veronika Barkowski, Mary Derksen, Jakie Epp, Marian Epp, Hilda Fast, Victor Fast, Nick Gossen, Mary Janzen, Henry Janzen, Valentine Janzen, Erwin Janzen, Johnnie Kaethler, Annie Klassen, , Alvera Klassen, Anna Klassen, Peter Klassen, Elmer Neuman, Elfrieda Nightengale, Martin Penner, Frieda Reimer, Johnnie Reimer, Rita Thiessen, Harold Toews.

Division 7 - Grade 3 - Teacher: Mr. D.B. Prentice - promoted to Grade 4

Susan Braun, Bernie Dyck, Ervin Dyck, Henry Dyck, Rosie Dyck, John Ediger, Anna Epp, Katie Fast, Dave Giesbrecht, George Giesbrecht, Henry Kliewer, Luella Lenzman, Nick Martens, Erna Neufeld, John Neufeld, Martha Neufeld, Allen Nickel, Susie Nikkel, Alita Reimer, Martha Reimer, Joan Rempel, Lenora Schellenberg, Joan Suderman, Jean Toews.

Division 5 - Grade 2 - Teacher: B. Colton - promoted to Grade 3

Helen Bergman, Esther Brucks, Betty Derksen, Dorothy Derksen, Leona Derksen, Henry Enns, Henry Froese, Johnny Giesbrecht, Alvin Goosen, Esther Janzen, Johnny Janzen, Walter Janzen, Dennis Klassen, Herbert Kopp, Linda Kornelsen, Nancy Martens, Peggy Martens, Victor Martens, Bonita Menges, Henry Nikkel, Jakie Pankratz, Martha Penner, Herbert Peters, Corny Reger, Johnny Regehr, Evelyn Reimer, Frankie Reimer, Loretta Schmidbauer, Maxine Schmidbauer, Helmut Schmidt, George Sukkau, Betty Toews, Elvira Toews, Jennie Warkentin.

Division 6 - Grade 1 - Teacher - M. Duerksen - promoted to Grade 2

John Barkowsky, Delores Derksen, Eddie Derksen, Martin Dueck, Henry Dueckman, Gilbert Dyck, Jacob Dyck, Myrna Dyck, Gerda Epp, Helene Epp, Henry Epp, Victoria Friesen, Erika Froese, Lorna Froese, Betty Giesbrecht, Ralph Giesbrecht, Alec Goosen, Johnny Janzen, Laura Janzen, Abie Koehn, Albert Koehn, Helen Konrad, Danny Nikkel, David Pankratz, Henry Penner, Freddie Peters, Melita Reimer, Annie Rempel, Viola Schellenberg, Hilda Teichgrab, Peter Toews, Janice Unger, Irvin Wiens, Raymond Wiens



Photographs and Names for the Following:
Robert Giesbrecht, Melvin Martens, Otto Baerg, Erma Wiebe, Shirlee Jantzen Fast
Esther Epp Harder, Caroline Derksen, John Penner, Edwin Lenzmann, Elmer Wiens



School Year 1951-52

Grade One - Miss Mary Derksen's Class
Grade One - Miss Mary Derksen's Class

Miss Derksen, Walter Klassen, Cary Esau, Melvin Martens, Earl Milller, Edwin Lenzmann, Ron Penner, Victor Janzen, Otto Baerg, Herman Klassen
Eleanore Friesen, Rita Paetkau, Elizabeth Voth, Evelym Froese,   —, Angela Martens, Rubena Goertz
Mary Arendt, Margaret Regehr, Patty Andres,   —, Elvira Klassen, Caroyln Peters

Grade One/Two - Mrs. Dyer's Class
Grade One - Mrs. Dyer's Class

Wilfred Derksen, Gordon Wiens, Harry Derksen, Victor Ratzlaff, Robert Reimer, Gordon Paetkau
Girlfriend, Rubena Goertz, Elsie Bergmann, Nettie Klassen, Johnny Penner
Rosella Nickel, Lily Pankratz, Rita Sawatsky, Betty Dyck, Evangeline Sawatsky, Nancy Epp
Randy Dyck, David Nightingale, Elmer Wiens, Robert Giesbrecht, Walter Wolfe



School Year 1952-53

Yarrow School Teachers
Yarrow School Teachers, 1952-53
Walter Ferguson, Frieda Nightingale, Erma Wiebe, Mrs Sharples, Joy Fowlie, Mary Derksen, Agnes Allert, Mr McTaggart
Photograph: Courtesy of Erma Wiebe
Grade One/Two - Mrs. Agnes Allert's Class
Grade Two - Mrs. Agnes Allert's Class
Herman Klassen, Ron Penner, Neil Friesen, Rufus Loewen, Walter Toews, Edwin Lenzmann, Otto Baerg, Ronnie Klassen, Mrs. Allert
Rubena Goertz,   —, Eleanore Friesen, Rita Sawatsky, Lily Pankratz, Elvira Klassen,  —, Patty Andres,  —
David Nightingale, Cary Esau, Rita Paetkau, Margaret Regehr, Evelyn Froese, Peter Giesbrecht, Ted Schmidt, Betty Dyck,  —
Grade Two/Three - Mrs. Sharple's Class
Grade Two - Mrs. Sharple's Class
Grade Three - Miss Joy Fowlie's Class
Grade Three - Miss Fowlie's Class
Miss Fowlie, Wilfred Derksen, Bob Reimer, John Peters, Alvin Martens, David Dyck, Willy Langemann, Dave Klassen, Walter Wolf, Walter Teichgrab
—, Ollie Remple, —, Gordon Wiens, Ernest Neufeld, Victor Ratzlaff, Harry Derksen, —, Henry Konrad, Erica Voth, Lorraine Letkeman, Diane Reimer
Esther Enns, Evelyn Epp, Marlene Sukkau, Anita Koehn, Betty Heinrichs, Evangeline Sawatsky, Pauline Guenther, Gloria Goosen, Joyce Martens, Katie Kroeker, Caroline Derksen, Lillian Martens
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Relaxing at 5 P.M.!! — — Or Just Visiting
Alison Adnres Frieda Nightingale, Mary Derksen, Agnes Allert Erma Wiebe, Mary Derksen, Frieda Nightingale


School Year 1953-54

The Yarrow Elementary School left the schoolyard in downtown Yarrow in 1953, and moved to the new school on Wilson Road North at the start of September 1953.

Program Cover: Yarrow Elementary Junior High School Program: Yarrow Elementary Junior High School Program: Yarrow Elementary Junior High School
"Yarrow Elementary Junior High School Opening Ceremonies
Program and Picture Courtesy of Erma Wiebe
Yarrow Elementary Junior High School


Yarrow School Teachers, 1953-54
Yarrow School Teachers, 1953-54
Harry MacTaggart, Walter Ferguson, Arthur Kurz
Dorothy McCutcheon, Lillian Bealle, Erma Wiebe
Elizabeth Lavigne, Frieda Nightingale, Eleanor Wicoll, Agnes Allert

Grade One - Elizabeth Lavigne's Class

Grade One - Elizabeth Lavigne's Class

Grade Two - Agnes Allert's Class

Grade Two - Agnes Allert's Class

Grade Three - Miss Bealle's Class
Grade Three - Miss Bealle's Class

John Neudorf, Gordon Paetkau, Cary Esau, Edwin Lenzmann, Walter Toews, Robert Giesbrecht, David Nightingale, Abe Loewen, Johnny Penner
Otto Baerg, Walter Klassen, Melvin Martens, Earl Miller, Herman Klassen, David Klassen, Robert Hollins, Elmer Wiens, Miss Bealle
Elizabeth Voth, Elisabeth Neudorf, Nettie Enns, ________, Rubena Goertz, Elvira Klassen
Lily Pankratz, Angela Martens, Edith Dahl, Evelyn Froese, Helen Loewen, Elizabeth (Betty) Loewen
Betty Dyck, Margaret Regehr, Rita Sawatsky, Eleanore Friesen, Patty Andres, Mary Arendt, Annie Reimer


Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class

Helmut Peters, Henry Konrad, Victor Ratzlaff, Abe Enns, Harry Duerksen, Bobby Reimer, Ernest Neufeld, Frank Klassen
Walter Wofle, Frank Friesen, Abe Dyck, Kenneth Gross, Edwin Epp, Rudy Baerg, Bobby Unruh, Willy Langeman
Viola Loewen, Olga Bergen, Diane Reimer, Caroline Derksen, Katherine Friesen, Nancy Epp, Joanne Schellenberg, Rosella Nikkel, Sarah Thiessen
Gloria Goosen, Eileen Harder, Betty Heindrichs, Evangeline Sawatsky, Aneta Koehn, Caroline Braun, Carol Wiens, Nettie Klassen, Rosemary Thiessen

Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class

Grade Four / Five - Eleanor Wicoll's Class

Grade Four / Five - Eleanor Wicoll's Class

Grade Five / Six - Harry MacTaggart's Class

Grade Five / Six - Harry MacTaggart's Class

Grade Six - Harry MacTaggart's Class

Grade Six - Harry MacTaggart's Class



School Year 1954-55

Yarrow School Teachers, 1954-55
Yarrow School Teachers, 1954-55
Jim Norberg, Arthur Kurz, Henry Epp, Walter Ferguson
Joy Fowlie, Sharon Ritchie, Helena Braun, Dorothy McCutcheon
Agnes Allert, Erma Wiebe, Joan Lein, Frieda Nightingale

Grade - One - Helena Braun's Class

Grade  - One - Helena Braun's Class

Grade - Two - Agnes Allert's Class

Grade - Two - Agnes Allert's Class

Grade Three - Miss Joy Fowlie's Class
Grade Three - Miss Joy Fowlie's Class

________, Peter Giesbrecht, Stan Harder, Dave Nightengale, Ben Neufeld, Rufus Loewen, Jake Konrad, Betty Loewen, Judy Thiessen
Lenora Janzen, Shirley Jantzen, ________, Ted Schmidt, Stan Wiens, Gene Roy, Edward Doerfling, Carol Neufeldt, Irene Loewen
John Arendt, Neil Friesen, Jim Dyck, John Klassen, Anita Penner, Marlene Rempel, Ronnie Klassen, Dave Enns, Bernie Thiessen
Laurie Koehn, Ron Dyck, Arthur Friesen, Judy Pauls, Jenny Scheremeto, Evelyn Paetkau, Viola Martens, Abe Klassen, Albert Friesen, Almina Maier


Embarking on Interurban Car 1304 at Chilliwack Station
With the assistance of Miss Joy Fowlie
B.C. Hydro Photograph, Courtesy of Shirley Giesbrecht

Grade Three - Miss Joy Fowlie's Class  - Field trip
Disembarked at Yarrow Station, near Funk's Feed Mill
B.C. Hydro Photograph, Courtesy of Graham MacDonell

Interurban Car 1304: 1955 —- One last run

"Interurban car 1304 had not been out on the Chilliwack line for almost five years, but when Yarrow teacher Miss J.E. Fowlie wondered in a letter to president Grauer if her grade three students might not have a train ride to round off a study unit on transportation, it was as good as done. One of the diesels hauling a freight train brought 1304 to Chilliwack, where the thirty-eight students, with their teacher, boarded it for a forty-five minute ride to Yarrow. After the students had inspected the train's caboose, the freight train continued on its way to New Westminster, leaving behind a class of bubbly, still wide-eyed children."



Source: Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society.

http://www.fvhrs.org/photos-1304.htm


Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class

Robert Hollins, Earl Miller, Ruby Goertz, Lily Pankratz, Helen Fehr, Edwin Lenzmann, Johnny Penner
Evelyn Froese, Elvira Klassen, Elizabeth Voth, Marilyn Unruh, Elisabeth Neudorf, ________, Edith Dahl, Annie Reimer
Walter Klassen, Gordon Paetkau, David Klassen, Robert Giesbrecht, Otto Baerg, Elmer Wiens, Cary Esau, Melvin Martens
Angela Martens, Eleanor Friesen, Mary Arendt, Betty Dyck, Rita Paetkau, Patricia Andres, Margaret Regehr, Rita Sawatsky

Grade - Five - Sharon Ritchie's Class

Grade - Five - Sharon Ritchie's Class

Grade - Six - Jim Norberg's Class

Grade - Six - Jim Norberg's Class



School Year 1955-56

Yarrow School Teachers, 1955-56
Yarrow School Teachers, 1955-56
Jim Norberg, Peter Fast, Art Kurz, Henry Epp
Joy Fowlie, Helena Braun, Sharon Ritchie, Erma Wiebe
Freda Nightingale, Walter Ferguson, Frieda Fast

Grade One - Helena Braun's Class

Grade One - Helena Braun's Class

Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Miss Frieda Fast's Class

Grade Three - Joy Fowlie's Class

Grade Three  - Joy Fowlie's Class

Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class

Rufus Loewen, Ted Schmidt, Gene Roy, Jake Konrad, _____ Loewen, Ben Neufeld, Dave Nightengale, Stan Harder, Peter Giesbrecht
Bernie Thiessen, Stan Wiens, Michelle _______, Irene Loewen, Betty Loewen, Judy Thiessen, Lenora Janzen, Carol Neufeldt, Marlene Rempel
Albert Friesen, Jim Dyck, John Klassen, Edward Doerfling, Dave Enns, _________, Abe Klassen, John Arendt, Ron Klassen, Arthur Friesen
________, Jenny Scheremeto, Shirley Jantzen, ________, Katie Dettling, Evelyn Paetkau, Judy Pauls, Anita Penner, Laurie Koehn, Almina Maier

Grade Five - Miss Sharon Ritchie's Class
Grade Five - Miss Ritchie's Class

Johnny Penner, Lily Pankratz,   —, Marilyn Unruh, Elsie Loewen,   —,   Gordon Paetkau, Cary Esau
Edwin Lenzmann, Evelyn Froese, Edith Dahl, Ruby Goertz, Elisabeth Neudorf, Elvira Klassen, Elizabeth Voth, Melvin Martens, Victor Janzen
Earl Miller, Robert Giesbrecht, Rita Sawatsky, ________, Annie Reimer, Mary Arendt, Elmer Wiens, Walter Klassen, Miss Sharon Ritchie
David Klassen, Patty Andres, Eleanore Friesen, Margaret Regehr, Rita Paetkau, Betty Dyck, Otto Baerg

Grade Six - Mr Jim Norberg's Class
Grade Six - Mr Jim Norberg's Class


School Year 1956-57

Yarrow School Teachers, 1956-57
Yarrow School Teachers, 1956-57
Art Kurz, Student Teacher, Erma Wiebe, Walter Ferguson
Lila Blackwell, Dorothy Funk, Frieda Fast
Harold Kost, Bev Hailstone, Gary Ferguson, Mary Unger
Photograph: Courtesy of Frieda Fast
Grade One - Mrs. Mary Unger's Class
Grade One - Mrs. Mary Unger
Bernie Elias; unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown; Kathy Wolfe; Harvey Engebrecht; Gary Wall.
Harry Loewen; Jim Reimer; Donald Bergman; unknown; Laura Koehn; Susan Derksen; Jackie Hall; (maybe) Annie Dettling; Heather Hendricks.
Byrum Toews; Agnes Arendt; Shirley Neufeld;Hildegard Klassen; Jeannie Guenther; Doris Friesen; Albert Janzen; Gordon Petkau.
unknown; Jim Langeman; Anna Wiens; Irma Janzen; unknown; twins- Sydna and Sandra Soper; unknown; unknown.
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen
Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Miss Frieda Fast's Class

Grade Three - Lila Blackwell's Class

Grade Three -  Lila Blackwell's Class

Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Four - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class

Grade Five - Bev Hailstone's Class

Grade Five - Bev Hailstone's Class

Grade Six - Mr. Gary Ferguson's Class
Grade Six - Mr. Gary Ferguson's Class >


School Year 1957-58

Yarrow School Teachers, 1957-58
Back: Art Kurz, Walter Ferguson, Harold Kost,
Middle: Donna Bowing, Mrs. McCaw, Mrs. Bartindale, Frieda Fast
Front: Betty______, Nora Wheeler, Mary Unger

Grade One - Mary Unger's Class

Grade One - Mary Unger's Class

Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Harvey Engebrecht; Bernie Elias; unknown; Kathy Wolfe; Laura Koehn; Heather Hendricks; Doris Friesen; unknown; Irma Janzen; Albert Janzen.
Donald Bergman; Agnes Arendt; Ruth Hiller; Ann Peters; Jeannie Guenther; Shirley Neufeld; Annie Dettling; unknown; Susan Derksen; Hildegard Klassen; Gary Wall.
Byrum Toews; unknown; Alan Goertz; Jim Reimer; Jackie Hall; unknown;Tina Schermeto; Ivan Muxlow; unknown; Harry Loewen.
unknown; unknown; Anna Wiens;, unknown; unknown; Sydna and Sandra Soper;, unknown; unknown; Gordon Petkau.
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen

Grade Three -

Grade Three -

Grade Four - Donna Bowing's Class

Grade Four - Donna Bowing's Class

Grade Five -

Grade Five -

Grade Six - Mrs. McCaw's Class



School Year 1958-59

Yarrow School Teachers, 1958-59
Yarrow School Teachers, 1958-59
Elfrieda Epp, Nettie Warkentin?, June Pehota, _____
_____, Erma Wiebe, _____
Mary Unger, Frieda Fast, Hulda Reimer
Art Kurz, Ken White, Walter Ferguson
Photograph: Courtesy of Erma Wiebe

Grade One - Mary Unger's Class

Grade One -  Mary Unger's Class

Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Grade Two - Miss Frieda Fast's Class
Grade Three - Mrs Hulda Fast's Class (Reimer)
Grade Three -  Mrs Hulda Fast's Class (Reimer)
unknown; unknown; unknown; Vic Peters; Emil Doerfling; Harvey Engebrecht; Ed Heide (?); Gary Wall; Donald Bergman; Ivan Muxlow.
Byrum Toews; Albert Janzen; Alan Goertz; Bernie Elias; unknown; Frank Josa; unknown; Harry Loewen; Jim Langeman; unknown; unknown.
Anna Wiens; Shirley Neufeld; Heather Hendricks; Jeannie Gunther; Annie Dettling; unknown; Laura Koehn; Jackie Hall; Ruth Hiller.
Sandra Soper; (or Sydna), Tina Schermeto; Agnes Arendt; Irma Janzen; Doris Haberla; Susan Derksen; Kathy Wolfe; Doris Friesen; unknown; Hildegard Klassen; Sydna Soper (or Sandra).
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen

Grade Four - Class

Grade  Four -  Class

Grade Five - Class

Grade Five -  Class

Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class


School Year 1959-60

Yarrow School Teachers, 1959-60
Yarrow School Teachers, 1959-60
Hulda Reimer, Erma Wiebe, Jo Unsworth, Mary Unger, Doris Reist
Mr Newby, Walter Ferguson, Ken White, Art Kurz
Photograph: Courtesy of Erma Wiebe

Grade One - Mary Unger's Class

Grade One -  Mary Unger's Clas

Grade Two - Miss Forstbauer's Class

Grade Two -  Miss Forstbauer's Class

Grade Three - Hulda Fast's Class (Reimer)

Grade Three - Hulda Fast's Class (Reimer

Grade Four - Mrs Jo Unsworth (Replaced Mrs. Ferguson)
Grade Four -  Mrs Jo Unsworth (Replaced Mrs. Ferguson)
Donald Bergman; unknown; Gary Wall; Ed Heide; Harvey Engebrecht; Sheldon Ewert; Albert Janzen; Frank Josa; Bernie Elias.
Harry Loewen; unknown; Glenn Dennil; Alan Goertz; Byrum Toews; Jim Langeman; unknown(Ben Janzen?); unknown(maybe Tony Dennil?)
Ann Peters; Susan Derksen; Heather Hendricks; Jeannie Guenther; Elizabeth Foldesi; Tina Friesen; Susan Reimer; Kathy Wolfe; Doris Haberla.
Anna Wiens; unknown; Doris Friesen; Ruth Hiller; Agnes Arendt; Irma Janzen; unknown; Wanda Weger; Hildegard Klassen; Tina Schermeto; Sydna or Sandra Soper.
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen

Grade Five - Doug Newby's Class

Grade Five -  Doug Newby's Class

Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class


School Year 1960-61

Yarrow School Teachers, 1960-61
Yarrow School Teachers, 1960-61
_____, Erma Wiebe, _____
Art Kurz, Mr Newby, Reid Weight, Walter Ferguson
Mary Unger, _____, _____
Photograph: Courtesy of Erma Wiebe

Grade One - Class

Grade One and Two - Class

Grade Two - Class

Grade Three - Mary Unger's Class

Grade Four - Class

Grade Five - Mr Newby
Grade Five  -  Mr Newby
Harvey Engebrecht; Ed Heide; Tina Friesen; Elizabeth Foldesi; Susan Reimer; Annie Dettling; Doris Haberla; Jeannie Guenther; unknown; Sheldon Ewert.
unknown; Albert Janzen; unknown; Irma Janzen; unknown; Heather Hendricks; Kathy Wolfe; Donald Bergman; unknown; Gary Wall.
unknown; Jackie McCloy; Hildegard Klassen; Ann Peters; Doris Friesen; Ruth Hiller; Susan Derksen; Agnes Arendt; Laura Koehn; Bernie Elias.
Harry Loewen; unknown; Alan Goertz; Anna Wiens; Wanda Weger; Sydna or Sandra Soper; Tina Shermeto; Jim Langeman; Byrum Toews; unknown
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen
Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class
Grade Six - Miss Erma Wiebe's Class


School Year 1961-62

Yarrow School Teachers, 1961-62

Grade One - Class

Grade One and Two - Class

Grade Two - Class

Grade Three - Mary Unger's Class

Grade Four - Class

Grade Five - Mr. Doug Newby's Class

Grade Six - Mr Vic Froese's Class
Grade Six - Mr Vic Froese
unknown boy; unknown girl; Ed Heide; Annie Dettling; Harvey Engebrecht; Susan Reimer; Tina Friesen; Sheldon Ewert; Doris Haberla; Elizabeth Foldesi.
unknown; Sarah Thiessen; Ann Peters; Jeannie Guenther; Irma Janzen; Kathy Wolfe; Heather Hendricks; Agnes Arendt; unknown boy.
unknown; Byrum Toews; Ron Strang; Glenn Dennil; Bob Galley; Albert Janzen; Alan Goertz; Harry Loewen; Jim Langeman.
Sydna or Sandra Soper; Tina Shermeto; Wanda Weger; Jackie McCloy; Susan Derksen; Doris Friesen; Laura Koehn; Ruth Hiller; Hildegard Klassen; Anna Wiens.
Photograph Courtesy of Irma Janzen


School Year 1962-63

Yarrow School Teachers, 1962-63

Grade One - Miss Peggy Martens' Class
Grade One - Miss Peggy Martens' Class

Grade Two - Classes



Grade Three - Class

Grade Four - Class

Grade Five - Class

Grade Six - Class



School Year 1976-77

Yarrow School Teachers, 1976-77
Yarrow School Teachers, 1976-77


School Year 1977-78

Yarrow School Teachers, 1977-78
Yarrow School Teachers, 1977-78


School Year 1978-79

Yarrow School Teachers, 1978-79
Yarrow School Teachers, 1978-79


School Year 1979-80

Yarrow School Teachers, 1979-80
Yarrow School Teachers, 1979-80


School Year 1980-81

Yarrow School Teachers, 1980-81
Yarrow School Teachers, 1980-81


School Year 1981-82

Yarrow School Teachers, 1981-82
Yarrow School Teachers, 1981-82


School Year 1983-84

Yarrow School Teachers, 1983-84
Yarrow School Teachers, 1983-84

 

 

   

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