of Alberta

Elfrieda Dick collection

Accession 2003.024

Title and Physical Description

Elfrieda Dick collection. — 1936-1960. — 23 photographs

Administrative/Biographical History

Elfrieda was born in Tofield, Alberta to John J. and Maria (Heidebrecht) Rempel. She married Henry Marvin Dick (1931-) in 1957 and together they had three children: Susan Rae, Deanna Marie, and Allyson. She was a teacher who spent part of her career with Mennonite Central Committee in Africa. David A. Heidebrecht, elected Aeltester (Elder) of the just-formed Schoenseer Mennoniten Gemeinde zu Tofield in 1942 and ordained in 1943, was her maternal grandfather who may be the primary source of her photographic collection.

Scope & Content

The fonds consists of 23 photographs documenting activities at the Bergthal Mennonite Church (Didsbury), the Schoenseer Mennonite Church (Tofield), the Westheimer Mennonite Church (Rosemary), the Menno Bible Institute (Didsbury), and 9 not identified with a specific church.

Source of Acquisition

Gift from Elfrieda (nee Rempel) Dick, granddaughter of David A. Heidebrecht, 2003

Finding Aids

See Files Inventory

Related Materials

For books related to the fonds, see:

  • Klassen, Irene et al. (2006). Their Mark: Their Legacy. Calgary: Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta. (available for purchase or reference at the MHSA, BX 8141KLA)


Accession 2003.024
GRANDMA #736543
Last revised 13 April 2023 by Jim Bowman and Ted Regehr

Series Inventory

Bergthal Mennonite Church — 3 photographs

1-12 Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury – [missing]
1-13 Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury – [ca. 1950]
1-14 Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury – [ca. 1950]

Schoenseer Mennonite Church. — 8 photographs

1-7 Schoenseer Mennonite ChurchTofield. – [ca. 1940]
1-8 Schoenseer Mennonite Church baptismal class. – 1942
Front Row: Elder Heidebrecht, Mary Regehr, Margaret Heidebrecht, Justine Schroeder, Katie Schmidt, Elder C.D. Harder
Middle Row: John Baergen, Mary Boese, Margaret Schroeder, Helen Bekker
Back Row: George Schmidt, Dave Boese, Henry Thiessen, Abe Baergen, George Thiessen
1-16 Women’s Conference in Tofield, Alberta – 1955
1-17 D. Heidebrecht, W. Martens, C.D. Harder (Aeltester) & Pete Baergen – 1936
1-18-First double wedding in Tofield, young people 1936, our wedding – Abram & Elizabeth Heidebrecht; John & Mary Rempel – 14 Jun 1936
1-19 Baptismal Class – 1940
First Row: Mary Penner, H. Penner, Henry Schroeder, Harry Heidebrecht
Second Row: T.H. Thiessen, Jac Ewert, R. Wiens, J. Schmidt, C.D. Harder, and David A. Heidebrecht.
1-20 First Baptism at Schoenseer Mennonite Church. –  1934.
John Dyck, Elizabeth Rempel, John Rempel, Mary Heidebrecht, Abram Heidebrecht, Elder C.D. Harder, Rev. D.A. Heidebrecht
1-22 Baptismal class – 13 Jun 1943 Rev. D. A.   Heidebrecht

Westheimer Mennonite Church. — 2 photographs

1-3 Gathering of about 130 people from Siberia in front of Westheimer Mennonite Church, Rosemary, Alberta – [ca. 1955]
1-6 Westheimer Mennonite Church  “Lehrstand” [ca. 1960]

 Menno Bible Institute. — 1 photograph

1-9 Gathering of about 25 suited men standing in front of Menno Bible Institute. – [1955]

Miscellaneous. — 9 photographs

1-1 150 people in front of a church with Wilkommen sign – [ca. 1960]
1-2 Baptismal class: Allen Hiebert, Peter Retzlaff, Katie Koop, Cornie Dick, and minister – [1950]
1-4 Gathering of about 100 suited men in pews of a church – [ca. 1960]
1-5 Gathering of about 150 suited men in front of a church signed “Wilkommen zur Konferenz der Mennoniten in Kanada, 3-7 Juli 1954
1-10 Tina and Mariechen Boldt and two other women in front of house, captioned “From Ann Klassen, Erinnerungen … from M. Janzen”- [ca. 1955]
1-11 Two women, captioned “Sara Block” – [ca. 1950]
1-15 Women in Mission Conference (25th Anniversary) – Helen (Peters) Unrau, Elsie (Dahl) Dahl, Maria Pauls (Froese), Irene (Epp) Klassen cutting cake, Mary Rempel – [1972]
1-21 Possibly a baptismal class: _____, David Heidebrecht, _____, Nickel Wedel, George Franz, J.J. Sawatzky, Frank Goossen far right – [ca. 1960]
1-23 David and Margaret Goerzen, Tofield wedding – [ca. 1950]