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Penner, Ida (1903–1997)

Proper Title

Ida Penner fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

11 cm textual material, 3 microfiches, and 4 photographs

Biographical Sketch

Ida Hiebert Penner was born near Plum Coulee, Manitoba, in 1903, the eleventh child of Jakob and Maria Hiebert, who farmed in the area. She graduated from the high school at Winkler in 1921 and attended Normal School at Manitou, Manitoba, until 1922. She also took further summer sessions at the Winnipeg Normal School between 1924 and 1927. She lived around the Winkler area until 1933 where she taught in country schools and attended the Winkler Bible School from 1929 to 1933.

In 1934, she married Isaac Penner. They had 5 children. Ida resumed teaching in the Winnipeg area in 1950, continuing until her retirement. In later life she took up painting. She passed away in 1997.

Based on article in The Beaver (Oct/Nov 1993).

Custodial History

The Ida Penner fonds was donated by her daughter, Mrs. Shirley Bergen of Brandon, Manitoba in August 1995.

Scope and Content

The Ida Penner fonds consists predominantly of her bible school notebooks created as a result of her time at the Pniel Bible School between 1929 and 1933. Also in this fonds is a textbook, published around 1905, used by Penner for her students in Southern Manitoba. She wrote an article in The Beaver in 1993 about those teaching days. The microfiches and diaries of Ida Hiebert Penner, created between 1925 and 1933, are in the microfiche storage area. The photographs of Winkler Bible Institute were added to the WBI photograph collection.


  • Volume 1025.
  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Accession number is 1995-60.
  • See also diaries of Ida Penner nee Hiebert. – 3 microfiches located in microfiche storage area. – 1925-1933.

File List

Volume 1025

  1. “A teacher at Beautiful Meadow” by Ida Penner. Published in The Beaver, 1993.
  2. Notebook from Normal school? begins with “Unit IV Minerals . . .”
  3. Die Apostelgeschichte, Bible school notebook.
  4. S.S. Lektion from Pniel.
  5. Bibelkunde, Bible school notebook.
  6. II Teil. Old Testament Theologie, Kosmologie und Anthropologie, Bible School Notebook.
  7. New Testament Exegesis: Der Ebräer Brief, Bible School Notebook.
  8. Old Testament Exegesis, Kursus der 2. und 3. Klasse (Lehrer J.G.Wiens). – 1929-1930.
  9. Homiletik Kursus der 3. und 4. Klasse. (Lehrer J.G. Wiens). – 1929-1930.
  10. New Testament Exegesis (Bergpredigt) Kursus der 2. Klasse. (Lehrer A.H. Unruh). – 1929-1930.
  11. Beweisführung. Beweis des Glaubens. – 1929.
  12. Logik Kursus der 3. Klasse (G.J.Reimer). – 1930-1931.
  13. Pädagogik Kursus der 3. oder 4. Klasse (Lehrer G.J. Reimer). – 1929-1930.
  14. Bibl. Psychologie. I. Teil, Leibes u. Seelenleben. (G.J. Reimer). – 1930-1931.
  15. Apologetik. – 1928 [1932].
  16. A teacher’s handbook of moral lessons, by A.J. Waldegrave. London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, [after 1905]. 154 pp. This book was used by Ida Hiebert Penner in Southern Manitoba village schools around 1920-1925. The occasional object lesson was used in “Jugendverein.”
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