This is a photo of eight young boys posing for a photo in front of the blackboard in their school. The photo was taken in the private run, German school in the Neu Kronstal district, north of Plum Coulee, Manitoba on the Mennonite West Reserve. Front row, far right is John Kroeker. Behind him (to the right) is John's older brother Klaas Kroeker.
An undated clipping from the "Altona Echo," [197-, bef. 1982] ran this photo along with a then-current day photo of five of these schoolmates provides the names of the boys in this photo. left to right is Corny Banman, David Hildebrandt, Henry Hildebrandt (Morden), Isaak Fast (Mexico), Jacob Hildebrandt (Mexico), Peter K. Harder (Altona, John Kroeker (Plum Coulee), Klaas Kroeker (Altona). The teacher was Klaas Harder.