Series Photo coll. 166 - H.H. Hamm Photograph Collection

Mr. and Mrs. Parchert, Dearborn, Michigan Elementary school class with teacher School with teacher and pupils Public school class with teacher Dietrich Loeppky School class with H.H. Hamm as teacher Train station with departing Mennonite immigrants Motorized carriage Ferry crossing Woman with cow Chorititza - oak tree Kathe Janzen, funeral Harold and Nita Eamer Peter A. Rempel and Susanna (Warkentine) Rempel at Golden wedding Peter A. Rempel and wife Susanna J. D. C. Goering and wife
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CA MHC PP-Photo coll. 166


H.H. Hamm Photograph Collection


  • 1900-1963 (Creation)

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345 photographs

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Biographical history

H.H. Hamm was an author, teacher and administrator of the Rural Municipality of Rhineland.

Heinrich H. Hamm (1877-1962) was born in the village of Chorititza, Chortitza colony, South Russia. as the son of Gerhard Hamm and Anna Knelsen. He attended school in the village of Rosenthal. In 1892 he immigrated to Canada with his parents and settled in the Winkler-Morden area and two years later relocated to the village of Neuanlage along the Post Road. Hamm attended the Mennonite Educational Institute in Gretna for training as a teacher around the year 1894. He taught school for one year in Neuanlage, two years at Hoffnungsort, three years in Edenthal, replaced teacher Benjamin Ewert for a year in Edenburg, and then taught for three years in Altona.

H.H. Hamm married Anna Dick in 1904 and they had 3 children.

In 1913 Hamm became secretary-treasurer for the Rural Municipality of Rhineland and in 1919 he also became secretary for the village of Altona, a position which he held until 1935. Hamm continued to serve the Municipality until 1944 when he moved to Ottawa for a year. When he returned, he became the first mayor of Altona after it incorporated in 1946. Hamm retired from public life in 1949 and the following year he went on a trip to Europe and the Middle East. He died in 1962.

Archival history

The H.H. Hamm collection came to the Mennonite Heritage Centre largely from Mrs. Neta Eamer (a daughter of H.H. Hamm). The Archvies became aware of the collection through the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature. Follow-up contacts in November 1977 and early 1978, led to the Mennonite Heritage Centre securing the collection.

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Mrs. Nita Eamer, 266 Olive Street, Winnipeg, MB R3J 2X4

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These photographs fall into several different categories. The first 206 are pictures of individuals or groups of people with whom the Hamm family was acquainted. Among these are wedding pictures from the pre- and post- World War I era. Also included in the collection are photographs of public buildings (Altona, Gretna and Ninette in Manitoba). In some cases there are photographs of people related to these institutions as well. Some Winnipeg and Altona pictures show street scenes from the era of 1914-1930. Finally, there are photographs on a variety of other themes such as transportation and travel (British Columbia and Europe). The transportation photos include old bicycles, cars, boats, trains, horse and buggies, and ferries. The travel photos are primarily natural scenery shots of British Columbia. There are also a few photographs and postcards from pre- World War I Ukraine.

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Archivist's note

See "Resources for Canadian Mennonite Studies: An inventory and guide to archival holdings at the Mennonite Heritage Centre", p. 79-80.

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