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  1. Mount View Mennonite Church Cemetery, .5 cm

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    Accession 2011.029, 2012.036, 2014.009 (all filed with 2011.029)

    Title and Description

    Mount View Mennonite Church Cemetery,  .5 cm

    The fonds onsists of a list of burials, a map of the cemetery and supporting corresondence.

    Administrative /Biographical History

    The Mount View Mennonite Church, near High River/Okotoks, Alberta, was organized on 30 April 2001.  It was the first Mennonite church organized in Alberta under the auspices of the Ontario Mennonite Church, followed two weeks later by the organization of the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, Alberta.  These two churches became founding members of what became the Northwest Mennonite Conference.  A cemetery was located near the meeting house of the Mount View Mennonite Church.  The congregation was never large and members of the congregation lived over a widely scattered area in and around High River and Okotoks.   In the early 1950s some members moved away, some joined other nearby churches or lost interest, and a decision was made to close the church.  The meeting house was converted into a private dwelling and eventually Trinity Mennonite Church on the southern edge of Calgary accepted responsibility, together with the residents of the converted former meeting house, for the care and preservation of the cemetery.

    Scope and Content

    Larry D. Spicer, a descendant of Silas and Lucinda (Weber) Good who donated the land on which the meeting and cemetery stand, compiled a list and map of burials and provided some explanatory comments.  Bill Janzen, a member of Trinity Mennonite Church, provided a second copy of the list of burials and added some additional comments. Additional information, some based on documentation in the Musueum of the Highwood, was provided by Jim Bowman, collector and MHSA archivist.

    Source of Acquisition

    Larry D. Spicer, Bill Janzen and Jim Bowman.

    Related material:

    T. D. Regehr, Faith, Life and Witness in the Northwest, 1903-2003, Centennial History of the Northwest Mennonite Conference, (Kitchener, On: Pandora Press, 2003.

    Notes:

    Accessions 2011.029, 2012.036, 2014.009 (all filed with 2011.029).

     

  2. Cary Sweet fonds, 20 cm.

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    Title and Description,

    Cary Sweet fonds, 20 cm. genealogical church and family records

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Cary Sweet is a person interested in Mennonite and family genealogy who worked with members of the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society in the publication of the Sommerfelder Gemeinde Buch, Register of the Church at West Lynne, 1881-1935.   He was also interested in church recrods of the Sommerfelder Swift Current Colony, and collected or compiled numerous family genealogies.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of photocpies of handwritten church records and family registers, reports and histories.

    Source of Acquisition

    Gift by Cary Sweet.

    Finding Aid

    Files 1.1 to 1.6 Photocpies of Sommerfelder Church Registers, 1881-1926
    Files 1.6a and 1.6b.  Photocpies of Swift Current Colony Church Registers.
    1.7 Descendants of Herman Bueckert, 1851-1937 and (1) Sarah Driedger and (2) Agatha Redekop.
    1.8 Descendants of Peter Bueckert, b. 1820 and Elizabeth Martens, b. 1820.
    1.9 Descendants of Peter Bueckert, 1842-1912 and Anna Bergen, 1845-1927.
    1.10 Descendants of Peter Bueckert, 1842-1912 and Anna Bergen, 1845-1927. (more detailed that 1.9)
    1.11 The family of Agatha Banman (nee Goertzen).
    1-12 Family of Franz, b. 1933, and Maria Klassen, b. 1937.
    2-13 a and b, Helene Braun, The Klassen clan from Koup to Canada
    2-14 A Brief History and Family Registers compiled by Garry W. Bueckert
    2-15 Franz and Anna Guenther and their descendants.  Collections and Reflections, Compiled by J.G.G.
    2-16 Miscellaneous genealogical information.
    2-17 Katie Peters, transcript of Winkler MB Church Register
    2-18 Sommerfelder Gemeindebuch, floppy discs.
    2-19 Swift Colony Gemeindebuch
    2-20 Franz Buecker, Record regarding settlement.

    Related Material

    Sommerfelder Gemeindebuch.  Registrs of the Church at West Lynne, 1881-1935, edited by Henry Unger, Martha Martens and Adolf Ens, Winnipeg: Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 2004.

  3. Johann J. Gossen fonds, 1930, 1 cm

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    Accession 2011.011

    Title and Description

    Johann J. Gossen fonds, 1930, 1 cm

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Johann Gossen was born 1 January 1879 at Landskrone, Molotschna, Taurida, South Russia.  He was the son of Jakob Johann Gossen and Sara Berg and married Helena Friesen on 27 June 1910.  He was a school teacher by profession but also worked as a jeweller and mechanic. During World War I he served as a marine mechanic in the Russian navy.  He immigrated to Canada in 1923, living first at Swalwell, Alberta, before moving to Wembley, Alberta in 1929.  There he represented a group of 15 families who purchased and then subdivided the land and assets of the Adair Ranch.  This ranch which in 1926 consisted of  22 quarter sections of land, a large barn for 100 horses, 2 houses, a blacksmith shop and a pump house, had been purchased in 1926 by a group of Russian Mennonite immigrants.  The immigrants included members of both Mennonite and Mennonite Brethren churches worshipped together on the ranch as members or participants in the Hoffnungsfelder Mennonite Church.   They also worked the land together for two years, but in 1929 the Mennonite Brethren built their own church and a decision was made to sub-divide the land.  Some of the original settlers left and others, including Johann Gossen, negotiated a new agreement in 1930.  In those negotiations Johann Gossen, acted on behalf of the purchasing group.  The original copy of this agreement is held in the Regional Archives in Grande Prairie, Alberta.

    The Gossen family moved from Wembley to Burns Lake, British Columbia in 1932 where Johann Gossen died on 23 April 1945.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of a Pedigree Chart and related genealogical information for Johann Jacob Gossen, and a copy of the Agreement between the Adair Ranching Company Limited and John Gossen dated 1 August 1930.

    Source of Acquistion

    Gift of Donald M. Norris of Redwood Meadows, Alberta.

    Notes

    Accession 2011.011

  4. Bartel, Henry, 1 cm

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    Accession 2011.002

    Title and Description

    Henry Bartel fonds, 1 cm photographs, Plenert amd Bartel family genealogical informaton, 5 photographs, 3 copies of photographs and 1 cd with 8 photographs.  Dates are not known.

    Administrative/Biogrpahical History

    Henry Bartel, son of Peter Bartel and Helena Peters, was born 3 February 1942 in Yarrow, British Columbia.  He visited the archives of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta in 2011 and donated items pertaining to aspects of his family’s hisstory.

    Scope and Content

    I folder containing 5 photographs, 3 copies of photographs, a cd with 8 family photographs.  A second folder containing a 71 page genealogy of the Plenert and Bartel family, and some additional loose pages with genealogical information.  The dates on which the photographs were taken, the place, or, with a few exceptions, the names of the individuals on the photographs are not given. The 71 page genealogy of the Plenert and Bartel family is an undated copy, as are some of the other loose pages of genealogical information.

    Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Henry Bartel

    Notes

    Accession 2011.002

     

  5. Johann Neufeld and Barbara Funk Neufeld Diary, 1905-1932, 2 cm

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    Accession 2010.008

    Johann Neufeld and Barbara Funk Neufeld Diary, 1905-1932, 2 cm

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Johann Neufeld was born on 16 September 1868 in Mariawohl, Molotschna Colony, the son of Johann Gerhard Neufeld and Katharina (Wiens) Neufeld.  He and his first wife, Helen Bekker, were married in 1899 but she died in childbirth just over a year later.  He married Anna Nachtigal in 1904.  Together they had four children, but Anna died, also in childbirth, in 1904.  Johann’s third wife was Barbara Funk of Mariewohl.

    Barbara Funk, daughter of Gerhard H. Funk and Aganetha Foth, was born 16 December 1882 in Mariawohl.  She married Johann Neufeld on 9 February 1913.  Together Johann and Barbara had four more children, in addition to the four children from Johann’s second marriage.  Johann Neufeld died in 1924.  In 1926, widow Barbara Funk Neufeld, together with her four children and her four step children and other close relatives, left Russia for Canada.  There, after some delays en route and short intermediate stops, the family settled in the Peace River district of Alberta.  In retirement Barbara lived in Tofield, Alblerta, where she died 28 January, 1965.

    Scope and Content 

    The fonds consists of a small diary begun by Johann Neufeld in 1905 and continued by his third wife, Barbara, after Johann’s death in 1924.  Johann’s entries are more of a chronicle than a diary. Barbara’s entries describe her experiences of leaving Russia with eight children and waiting for permission to leave England for Canada.  She further recounts the trials and tribuations of her early years in the Peace River district of Alberta.  This may have been the first of several diaries now lost.  It ends in 1932 when the last page of the diary was filled.
    The diary was written in the German Gothic script.  It was transcribed into Latin German Script by Susan Neufeld Dyck, niece of Barbara Funk Neufeld, and then translated into English by Grandson Edgar Rogalski.  A copy of the English translation has been placed in the library of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta.

    Source of Acquision

    Gift of Edgar Rogalski

    Notes  

    Accession 2010.008

     

  6. Jakob Johann Braun family fonds

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    Accession 2009.015

    Title and Physical Description

    Jakob Johann Braun family fonds. – [ca. 1905-ca. 1907], 2009. – 5 cm of textual records.

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Jakob Johann Braun was born in 1890 in Tiegenhagen, Moltschnau Colony, South Russia. Sarah Friesen was born in 1899 in Ogus-Tobe, Crimea, Russia. They married in 1921, and emigrated to Canada in 1925. They had at least one child, Hertha Evangeline “Herta” Braun, 1944-2010, born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. She became a professional church organist in Calgary, Alberta. She married Alfred Dilk in 1964, and they had three daughters, Renate Angelika (Pilon), Marlies Ingrid (Bird), and Monika Aneliese (Fourlas). Herta later married Orlin Anderson.

    Scope & Content

    The fonds includes Herta’s essay on her mother’s family, who were part of a Mennonite community in Crimea and mostly perished during the Stalin era or relocated to Germany. Includes Jakob Johann Braun’s school exercise books in composition, geometry, and art.

    Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Herta Anderson, 2009.

     

  7. Dyck, Franz “Frank” (1903-1980) G#427394

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    Dyck, Franz “Frank” (1903-1980) G#427394

    Written and presented by Dave Dyck to the MHSA-sponsored “Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Russian Mennonites coming to Coaldale, Alberta (1926-2006)”

    In 1923 both of my parents emigrated from Ukraine to Canada.  In 1927 they were married in Manitoba, and then moved to a farm known as the Wilson farm at Harris, Saskatchewan.  In April of 1929 my parents left Saskatchewan and moved to Coaldale.  My Dad built a house on the Lepp farm south of the gaol farm in the Lethbridge area, where we then lived for a number of years.

    The Coaldale Mennonite Church was established in 1928.  Frank, having been ordained as a minister in Saskatchewan, was accepted into the lay ministry in 1931 alongside Jacob Gerbrandt who had been serving the church since 1929.

    Few people owned cars so Frank would walk the seven miles to the church in Coaldale.  In the beginning Sunday church services were held in the school on eighteenth street which is now part of the United Church.

    More ministers were added during the years.  I, as a youngster, thought the services were long.  Occasionally when I managed to escape my mother’s arms, I would immediately run onto the ministers’ platform to my Dad, who would calmly pick me up and go to the front pew and sit down.

    A typical Sunday morning service had two speakers.  I believe the first speaker did the introduction.  The second speaker would do the sermon and closing.  This one Sunday the first speaker got up and started the introduction.  The introduction lasted from 11 a.m. to five minutes before twelve.  Frank then got up, went to the pulpit, and asked the congregation to rise for the closing prayer.  After the closing, the first speaker somewhat aghast asked Frank “what is wrong?”  Frank calmly pointed to the clock hanging on the wall.

    © 2007 Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta
    Last Updated 19 May 2007

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  8. Wall, Cliff, Family History, 2007, 15 cm.

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    Accession 2009.043

    Title and Description

    Wall, Cliff, Family History, 2007, 15 cm.

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Cliff Wall was born on 1 December 1926 near Macrorie, Saskatchwan, the son of Henry P. Wall and Anna Unruh.  The family took up a homestad in the Nipawin district of Saskatchewan in the 1930s.  In 1947 they moved on to Vancouver Island where Cliff met and married Dorothy Michelson the following year.   They moved on again in 1960, to San Jose California where Cliff established an automotove financing and leasing business.  In retirement Cliff Wall spent 12 years researching the family history.

    Scope and Content

    The fond consists of 26 entries documenting the genealogy, family histories and stories of Cliff Wall's maternal and 
    paternal ancestors and relatives. 
    
    Source of Acquisition
    
    Donated by Cliff Wall
    
    Notes:
    
    Accession 2009.043
    
    Finding Aid:
    1. Overview
    2 Index
    3. Appreciation and Introduction
    4. Our Family History
    5. Tobias A. Unruh (1819-1875)
    6. Our History - Anabaptist Origins
    7. Ships Pictures
    8. The Neufeld Family Legend
    9. The Unruh Family from 1750
    10. Tobias B. Unruh & Katharina Spering
    11. Peter Tobias Unruh & Eva Dirksen
    12. The Daniel Unruh Family
    13. The Harder Family
    14. Henry Wall (1843-1916) & Family
    15. The Toews Connection
    16. The house of Dirk
    17. The Voth Family
    18. The Jacob Voth Family
    19 The Funk Family Connection
    20. The Wedel Connection
    21. The Hiebert Family
    22. Peter Wall and Mary Buller
    23. The Henry Peter Wall Family
    24. The Cliff Wall Story
    25. The clifford & Dorothy Wall Family
    26 Addendum
    
     
    
    
     
    
    
  9. Peter Janzen family fonds

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    Accession 2009.024

    Title and Physical Description

    Peter Janzen family fonds. – [ca. 1968]. – 10 cm of textual records

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Peter Janzen was born in 1762.  The exact date and place are not given.  He was married three times.   Only the surnames of his three wives are given: first marriage to “nee Ratzlaff,” second marriage “nee Nachtigal,” third marriage “nee Marie Kasper” who married Gerhard Becker after Peter Janzen’s death in 1862 at the age of 100.

    Scope and Content

    This genealogy, compiled by Kathryn Klassen of Buhler, Kansas, provides information about the descendants of the 12 children of Peter Janzen and his three wives.   The genealogy does not indicate the sources of the information provided by the compiler.  Included are several addenda, some of which provide information as late as 1968 even though the title of manuscript gives the dates of 1789 to 1962.

    Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Peter Goertzen, Edmonton.

    Notes

    Accession 2009.024

    No access restrictions.

  10. Wilhelm Hiebert family fonds

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    Accession 2008.016

    Wilhelm Hiebert family fonds.  – [ca. 1988-ca. 1991]. – 2 cm of textual records

    Administrative/Biographical History

    Wilhelm Hiebert (1847-1908) and his wife, born Katerina Esau (1849-1940) were Mennonites who migrated from Russia to Chortitz, Manitoba (now called Randolph, Manitoba) in July 1875. Wilhelm’s ancestry has been traced back to Peter Hiebert (b. 1818). Katerina’s ancestry has been traced back to Benjamin Defehr or Fehr (b. 1818). A committee consisting of their grandchildren produced a 125-page compilation of the family genealogy ca. 1988, and a family reunion was held in 1988.

    Custodial History

    The fonds was given to Judith Rempel by Vern Hiebert.

    Scope & Content

    The fonds consists of the family genealogy, song sheet used at the 1988 family reunion, additional genealogical notes and hymns, one item of correspondence, and a poem by Wilhelm Hiebert.

    Source of Acquisition

    Gift by Judith Rempel, 2008.

    Notes

    Accession 2008.016
    Last updated by Jim Bowman, 23 November 2017