Item BK2-036 - Bergthal, the first house of the widow of Bergen.

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CA MHC 713-BK2-036

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Bergthal, the first house of the widow of Bergen.

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  • [between 1926-1929] (Creation)

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1 photograph: b&w; 11 x 8 cm

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(1863-1929)

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Fred Engen was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States. He became employed by American banker Samuel McRoberts and became a key player in the migration of Mennonites from Manitoba and Saskatchewan to Paraguay in the 1926-1929 move. He died in Paraguay and is buried there.

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The photo shows the first house of Mrs. Bergen, a widow, in Bergthal. The walls appear to be made of clay, the roof corrugated metal sheets. There is a tent like structure attached to one end of the house and it appears as if a child is standing under the veranda. A system for collecting rainwater from the roof is set up near the veranda. The yard has a fenced in area in the background and a pile of logs and a primitive plow can be seen.

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Price: $5.00
Megapixels: 2.1
Resolution: 1535x1361

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