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Heinrich Riediger fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1908-1933

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.

Riediger, Heinrich, 1884-1954

Peter B. Paetkau fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1961-2011

This fonds includes the personal papers of Peter Paetkau such as the journals he kept from 1961-2007, his autobiography entited "Seasons of my Life", letters received, sketches drawn, poetry and letters written. There are genealogical files and articles he wrote on family history. There are also files which document his involvment with organizations such as the Mennonite Literary Society, Parallel Press Club and the Winnipeg Bach Festival. There are photographs and sound recordings that document historical events and institutional life such as concerts, graduations, openings, recitals, lectures and anniversaries.

Paetkau, Peter B., 1940-2011

The House of Heinrich [Epp] collection

  • CA MHCA MHC 10
  • Collection
  • 1972-2010

This collection contains the correspondence collected by Anna Epp Ens in conjunction with a number of Epp family reunions and the publications associated with this family. In 1975 the descendants of Heinrich Epp (1811-1863) met at the International Peace Gardens and Camp Koinonia south of Boissevain, Manitoba. Out of this gathering grew the request that a book be compiled and published. Anna Epp Ens took up the task supported by a book committee, which led to the publication of the book "The House of Heinrich: The Story of Heinrich Epp..." The collection also includes the photographs that were collected (and published) as well as files related to publishing a newsletter and organizing subsequent reunions, and the update of data distributed on a CD ROM in Brother's Keeper Format in 2010.

Cornelius H. and Elisabeth (Fast) Froese family fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1931-1937

This fond consists of letters, poems, and other written excerpts which were received and preserved by the family of Cornelius and Elisabeth Froese. The items give a picture of life in the former Soviet Union during the 1930s. They show the sense of dire poverty, poor crops, and loss of property and goods. They speak of life working in a collective farm and the difficulties created when the required food or fees could not be raised. One letter comes from Brazil, where another family member emigrated. A few letters seems to be from a later period when it was possible to travel between the USSR and Canada and visit relatives. Two letters were translated by John Froese (1924-2012). The remainder of the items were translated by the Mennonite Heritage Centre volunteer Ed Enns in 2012.

Froese, Cornelius H. and Elisabeth (Fast)

Abram J. Thiessen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1956-1958, 1982

This fonds contains information on the founding of a radio station in Altona, Manitoba, an autobiography of A.J. Thiessen, a portrait of Thiessen and a photo of his first bus. Much of the material documents Thiessen's community involvements.

Thiessen, Abram J., 1910-2002

Abraham Doerksen fonds

  • CA MHCA Volume 2230, 4370, 2105-3; microfilm 351
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1928

This fonds consists of a ledger and some loose papers. The ledger includes lists of sermons preached by Abraham Doerksen and lists of baptisms. The loose papers include correspondence, baptismal records and obituaries. The documents from the Christian Heritage Library include a book entitled "The Family Tree of Abraham Doerksen, Regina Hoeppner and Descendants", as well as writings, sermons and his certificate of baptism which exempted him from military service in World War I.

Doerksen, Abraham

United German School of North Kildonan fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1973-1984

This fonds consists of minutes, correspondence, annual financial statements, lists of teachers and students, and detailed financial information for the years just prior to is closing and the dispersement of its assets.

United German School of North Kildonan

Helena Loewen Thiessen fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1936-2011

This fonds consists of a set of personal journals from 1936 to 2011, which records people that visited, places she visited and the activities of those she lived close to. There is also a series of notebooks containing personal notes, sometimes attending to loved ones who were in the last days of life in the hospital. Contained in this fonds are also some items which she acquired from her father, mother, sisters and brothers, as well as some person memorabalia like a recipe book, book of her school art work and the record of her baptism. A significant item is the friendship book started by her grandparents, Jacob J. and Elizabeth Loewen, which contains birth, marriage and death dates of many friends and family members. The fonds also contains several hundred letters which she received from her parents, siblings and friends.

Thiessen, Helena Loewen, 1922-2012

Katharina "Kay" Friesen fonds

  • CA MHCA MHC 14
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1971

This fonds consists of the letters and reports which Kay Friesen wrote while serving as a nurse with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Indonesia, as well as other materials which she collected related to the work of Mennonite Central Committee in Indonesia and the history of Mennonites in Indonesia.

Katharina "Kay" Friesen

Gerhard G.H. Ens Collection

  • Collection
  • 1919 - 1963

This collection consists of minutes, reports and financial records from many of the organizations Ens worked with and shows the populous support for the cooperative movement and for relief work in the Mennonite communities in Southern Manitoba.

Ens, Gerhard G.H., 1893-1990

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