File 01 - Friesen, A.A. correspondence

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CA MHSBC 112-21-01


Friesen, A.A. correspondence


  • 1920-1940 (Creation)

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He was born in Schoenau, Molotschna and died in Rabbit Lake, Saskatchewan. In 1923 he married Maria Goossen (1889-1934), daughter of estate owner Jacob Johann Goossen (1858-1920) and Aganetha Kaethler (1861-1946). Together they had two children Aganetha (1923-1989) who later married John Enns, and Helene (1926-) who married John L. Wieler. In 1934 Maria Goossen died and Friesen married her sister Helena Goossen (1895-1985). Together they has one child Margaret Lousie Friesen (1937-).

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This file consists of the following items:
1) Correspondence regarding the emigration from Russia in the 1920's
2) Correspondence regarding the emigration in the 1940's
3) Canadian Board of Colonization minutes
4) Copies of A.A. Friesen Collection held in Newton Kansas. Box 260
5) " A note on A..A. Friesen", Chairperson of the Russian Mennonite Study Commission regarding his work with relief organizations and the settlement of Mennonites fleeing from Russia. Anonymous. 1 page

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Abram A. Friesen was the Corresponding Secretary and Treasurer of the Canadian Board of Colonization, relating to the immigration of Russian Mennonites to Canada. His papers are housed in the Mennonite Library and Archives in Newton, Kansas. The original material is fragile. This file contains photocopies of some of the material. Some of the papers were published in John B. Toews' book, "Selected Documents."

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