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PENNER SCHOOL DISTRICT 1340
South West quarter of Section 11 Township 38 Range 5 West of the Third Meridian
Operational 1905-1981
1997-98 life-skills training school
near Wanuskewin, Clarks Crossing Road
Province of Saskatchewan, Canada

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PENNER SCHOOL DISTRICT # 1340

By Peter Quiring and Gladys (Penner) Wiebe

When the Penner family first arrived in Clark’s Crossing in 1902, the education of their children was very important, in fact two of the Penner families moved from their original homesteads within a year so that they could be closer to a school for their children.

At first, the children were taught as they had been in Manitoba, the basic “3 R’s,” using the German language and the Bible as their main text-book, in private facilities provided by members of the church.

However, in 1905, having recognized the need for a better education and proficiency in the English language, the Penner family was instrumental in building the Penner School on SW 11-38-5 W3, on what is now named Clark’s Crossing Road.. On May 2, 1905 an application for a School District was filed with the Commissioner of Education, signed by Peter J. Dyck (husband of Peter O. Penner’s daughter Margaretha), Jacob Peters and Jacob Penner (son of Peter O. Penner). These three men became the first trustees of Penner School District on June 13, 1905.

On July 6, 1905 the School Board passed Bylaw No. 1 to borrow $1,000 at eight percent interest, for the building of the school, desks, a stove, a blackboard and the school site. Following approval of this loan, the school was built in the summer of 1905, and the first classes were held in the fall. The school year appeared to be three months in the fall and three months in the winter-spring.

Penner School District # 1340 encompassed a block of sixteen sections of land - Sections 33-36 in township 37, and Sections 1-4 and 9-16 in township 38 - a total of 10,240 acres of land, of which 9,600 acres was assessable land. At the time of the petition for the school there was a population of 107 people in the school district. Thirty-three were children aged between five and sixteen, and twenty were children below age five. A number of quarters were Temperance Colony land and were vacant.

Later, the original one-room school was moved away. The school records were still in the building, and all were lost. Two other buildings were then moved in and built together, and Penner School became a two-room school. Other changes took place in the structure, however it remained a very small country school. Many Penner family members have fond memories of attending Penner School.

In later years, as the students graduated from Penner School there was no place for them to go to high school, and so they were bounced around from one school to another, wherever there was room - they were sent to city high schools, to Dalmeny, and to Warman, and the students were separated. This was not a good situation for them, so about 1979 Penner School District No. 1340 joined the Saskatchewan Valley School Division, and from then on all Penner School students continued on to High School at Warman SK.

Penner School was in use as a school for seventy six years until 1981, when a Penner School Reunion was held in the summer. The building then became a community center, and ten years later the first Peter P. Penner Reunion was held at Clark’s Crossing Community Center.

The building’s use as a community center continued until September 1997, when Penner School re-opened as a life-skills training school. An article from the October 1, 1997 issue of The Saskatchewan Valley News, says: “Penner School, an alternative school for middle year students at risk (of dropping out of school), has opened with seven students currently enrolled. The program was approved by the Saskatchewan Valley School Division with the mission being a complementary educational option for students ... it is a non-residential “farm school” ... the target group is students in need of behavioral change ... students work on English and Math first thing in the morning. By the third period, which is just before the lunch break, they have been going outside to scrape and paint the building or undertake other repairs or renovation projects ... Penner School offers regular core academic programs for the students and they are allowed to participate in the various work-training programs which happen outside the school system ... Saskatchewan Valley School Division hopes the program will help the students return to a regular school setting, help them to learn to make better life choices and assume responsibility for their actions, improve their school attendance, learn effective conflict management skills and increase self confidence.” Penner School had returned to the values of our Penner forefathers, teaching students many practical things, including again the “3 R’s.” This new use of Penner School continued for two years.

In the summer of 2005, a stone and plaque were erected on the Penner School site by the Penner Family, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Penner School in June 1905.

On January 1, 2006 Penner School became part of the new Prairie Spirit School Division, created by the amalgamation of the three school divisions surrounding the city of Saskatoon.

Thank you very much
The Clark's Crossing Road signs were installed in 2012 through the efforts of Marg Hein-Wiebe, who attended Penner School and still lives there.

The stone and plaque were installed at the original site of Clark's Crossing in the summer of 2017, again thanks to the tremendous determination and efforts of Marg Hein-Wiebe.
Thank you very much

For the past several years the building has been occupied by the Saskatoon Snowmobile Club as a clubhouse.

Thank you very much
I am submitting the history of Penner School District # 1340, and accompanying photos.
This story has been modified from how it appeared in the Penner Family History Book,
completed by myself in July, 2000.
Thank you!
Gladys (Penner) Wiebe
Thank you very much



Penner School District 1340 historical map, near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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For more information:

Title Penner Family History Book, 1680-2000 : the Descendants of Peter O. Penner (1832-1910) and Margaretha Friesen (1832-1891)
Compiled by Wiebe, Gladys
Publisher G. Wiebe, 2000

Nearby placenames within 20 km

Casa Rio Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Chappell 1-36-6-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Clark's Crossing 38-5-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Clarkboro 36-38-4-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point Official
Corman Park No. 344 Saskatchewan Rural Municipality
Dalmeny 10-39-6-W3 Saskatchewan Town O
Duro 35040W3 Saskatchewan Station
Eagle Ridge Country Estates Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Edzell 23-37-6-W3 Saskatchewan Locality
Floral 36-4-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Furdale 8-36-5-W3 Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Greenfeld 15-40-5-W3 Saskatchewan Hamlet
Gruenfeldt Saskatchewan Hamlet
MacNab Park 8-37-5-W3 Saskatchewan Locality
Martensville 21,28-38-5-W3 Saskatchewan City
3 Neuhorst 31-39-4-W3 Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Newcross 10-36-5-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
North Industrial Saskatchewan Industrial Area
North Saskatoon 37-5-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Osler 20-39-4-W3 Saskatchewan Town
Rheinland 31-39-4-W3 Saskatchewan Hamlet
Richmond 15-37-5-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Rineland Saskatchewan Hamlet
Riversedge Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Riverside Estates 31-35-5-W3 Saskatchewan Organized Hamlet
Saskatoon Saskatchewan City
South Saskatoon 36-5-W3 Saskatchewan Railway Point
Warman 31-38-4-W3 Saskatchewan City
Township, Range, Meridian Legal Land information
Numerical School District Listing to determine neighbouring schools on School Maps.

Gallery Other images submitted by Gladys Wiebe re Penner School 1340

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