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Street Address: 2110 - 21 Avenue, Didsbury
Didsbury's First Teacher
Grandson of Jacob Y. Shantz, the founder of Didsbury, Ephraim Weber was the first teacher in the Immigration Shed in Didsbury.
Besides being the first teacher, Ephraim Weber had another claim to fame. He was an aspiring writer, and was a long-time correspondent with Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables!
He wrote his first letter to her in March of 1902, writing at least 11 letters to her before the end of the year. He was encouraged by her engaged response to his first letter. One letter she wrote him was 30 hand-written pages long!
The original letters are in The Public Archives in Ottawa, Ontario. In 1960, these letters were compiled into a book by author Wilfred Eggleston called "The Green Gables Letters". You can come in and read these letters as you sit in a turn-of-the-century desk in our heritage schoolroom.
2110 - 21 Avenue
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