Fonds Photographs: NP117; CMBS Personal Papers: Kroeker; Audio Cassettes NA-15-004 to NA-15-133-146 - Abram Arthur Kroeker (1892-1981) fonds

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Abram Arthur Kroeker (1892-1981) fonds

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CA CMBS Photographs: NP117; CMBS Personal Papers: Kroeker; Audio Cassettes NA-15-004 to NA-15-133-146

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  • 1873-1987, predominant 1913-1976 (Creation)

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77 cm textual records
58 Photographs
17 audio cassettes

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Abram Arthur Kroeker, son of Abram Kroeker and Helene Wiens Kroeker, was born in Winkler, Manitoba in 1892 and died in 1981. He married Elizabeth Nickel (1894-1981) in 1914. From 1920 to 1922 he attended the Biola Bible School in Los Angeles. He was one of the original sponsor-founders of the Winkler Bible Institute in 1926, was a member of the Winkler board from its inception, and taught Sunday School education there from 1929-1944. Kroeker aggressively promoted Sunday School work, especially the graded teaching principle, in the Mennonite Brethren Conferences of Canada and United States, and was largely responsible for the progress in teacher training and in the adoption of graded lessons in Canada. He was chairman of the Sunday School Committee of the Canadian Mennonite Brethren Conference since its formation in 1933 to 1957. Kroeker was also the secretary of the Manitoba Mennonite Brethren Conference for some time. Kroeker was involved in basically two activities throughout his life: agriculture and church work, largely the educational branch of the church. He founded Camp Arnes, buying the land in 1936. The camp began functioning in 1949. He was ordained in the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church in 1941. He began farming on his own in 1928, and was an innovator from the beginning, always on the cutting edge of technology. He was chairman of the Canadian Vegetable Producers Association for 30 years. He was inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in summer 1990. - information given by Bert Friesen

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The custodial history of this fonds has different stages. In 1974, A.A. Kroeker donated many copies of early conference yearbooks and other materials. In June 1981 Bert Friesen, Winnipeg, donated the tapes and transcription. In July 1990, Don Kroeker (son), of Winkler, donated two boxes of various documents. Eileen Kroeker, wife of Don Kroeker, donated more photographs, textual records, correspondence, and other publications in February, 1997. The research papers were compiled by Bert Friesen and deposited by Peter Kroeker on Dec. 1, 1998.

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Included in the Abram A. Kroeker fond are 3 tapes, 1972 interviews between Harold Jantz, editor of the Mennonite Brethren Herald, and A.A. Kroeker. Subject content is Winkler Bible Institute, conference affairs, and family life. The tapes, available in transcript form in the A.A. Kroeker fonds, are confidential. Kroeker also donated 38 negatives called "Excerpts of Diary of Jacob Wiens, Exodus from Russia" 1876. Jacob Wiens was the father to A.A. Kroeker's mother; two microfilm reels about Camp Arnes (1952) and Ashern: Church Baptism (1959); 8 slides of unveiling of cairn to commemorate the first Mennonite Brethren Church in Canada (1963); 50 photographs. All of these materials have been placed in appropriate places in Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. Textual materials in this fonds demonstrate Kroeker's love for the Bible School and the Sunday School, for people, and for farming. Interesting historical and genealogical materials are also part of this fonds. Most of the sermon notes are Kroeker's notes taken from presentations by other speakers. Many of the records in this fonds are undated. The printed materials that came with this fonds are dispersed in the CMBS library.

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Tapes and transcriptions are confidential; to be viewed only with permission of the archivist.

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77 cm of textual records, 58 photographs, 17 audio cassettes, and 2 films

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Much German.

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