Winkler (Manitoba, Canada)

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Winkler, a town (population in 1959, 2,500; population in 2006, 9,106) in southern Manitoba, 80 miles southwest of Winnipeg, 12 miles north of the United States boundary (coordinates: 49° 10′ 0″ N, 97° 56′ 0″ W), in an area where grains, fruits, sugar beets, sunflowers, corn, and canning crops are grown, was founded in 1892. During the 1950s it was the business, educational, and religious center for a Mennonite population of 6,000 in the rural municipali­ties of Stanley and Rhineland, which were settled village-style in 1875. At the time it had a Mennonite Brethren Bible school (Winkler Bible Institute), organized in 1925, with 4 teachers and 80 students; a public high school, largely Mennonite in teachers and student body, with 9 teachers and 225 students; and four Mennonite churches: Bergthal, Mennonite Brethren, Rudnerweide, and Sommerfeld, with a total membership of over 1,000. The Winkler Mennonite Brethren (MB) Church, organized in Burwalde in 1886, was the first MB church in Canada.


Brown, Frank.  A history of the Town of Winkler, Manitoba.  Winkler: F. Brown, 1973.

Brown, Frank. "Winkler, Manitoba." Mennonite Life XI (July 1956).

Werner, Hans Peter.  Living between worlds: a history of Winkler. Winkler: Winkler Heritage Society, 2006.


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Author(s) Peter Brown
Date Published 1959

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