Fonds MHC17 - Heinrich Riediger fonds

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Heinrich Riediger fonds

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  • 1908-1933 (Creation)
    Riediger, Heinrich, 1884-1954

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7 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Heinrich "Henry" Riediger was born 28 February 1884 in Nikolaifeld, Yazyokvo, South Russia. He married Helena Klassen (1885-1946) on 10 September 1905. In 1912 they moved to the Arkadak Mennonite settlment in Russia and in 1923 the family emigrated to Canada. Till 1935 the family lived in Saskatchewan first at Herbert and then at Hanley. In 1935 they moved to Winnipeg where Heinrich Riediger established Riediger's Supermarket in 1937. Henry Riediger died 6 May 1954 in Winnipeg.

Custodial history

The sons and daughters of Heinrich Riediger passed the journals around between them -- Mrs. Erna Lehn, Vern Riediger, Nick Riediger... Mrs. Marilyn Winter, Nick Riediger's daughter received the journals from her aunt Tina Wiens. Her son Robert Winter acquired them after that.

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This fonds contains a series of journals begun in Russia in 1908 and continued in Canada after 1923. Parts were written while the writer was still living in Nikolaifeld, then Arkadak, and finally in Hanley, Saskatchewan. There are transcriptions and translations with the materials which were completed by the MHC volunteer staff Jake Friesen in 2008.
File list:
Volume 5661
Heinrich Riediger (1884-1954) diaries
1. Henry Riediger Diary. -- Jan. 1908- Sept. 1909. [transcription only]. [Original was not donated.]
2. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- Sept – Dec. 1909.
3. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1914-1915.
4. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1915-1916.
5. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1925-1926.
6. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1928-1929.
7. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1930-1931.
8. Henry Riediger diary original, transcription and translation. -- 1932-1933.

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Robert Winter


Arranged and described by Alf Redekopp, February 2013.

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  • German

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  • Gothic

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Inventory file list, transcription and translation of originals.

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Acc. No. 2007-052

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  • Box: Volume 5661