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Peter J. Dyck (1878-1947) and John P. Dyck (1901-1990) family fonds
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?__ Dyck(?)

This photo shows a man from the forestry service standing in front of a blossoming fruit tree. The accompanying sound recording refers to him as our "Springsteiner Starshiy, initiator of these reunions". [=living in Springstein, Manitoba in 1972 and ranked as a senior officer] ?____ Dueck or Dyck.

45th Artillery Regiment

This photo shows a group known as 45th Artillery Regiment under the command of a Penner as part of the Russian (Soviet Union or USSR) armed forces. There are 35 Mennonites on the photo, who all have various positions within the regiment. Included are the following: Dietrich Hiebert, Franz Buhr and David Janzen (in the front); Gerhard Penner, Johann Fast and Jacob Friesen (in the back).


A brass band from a Mennonite forestry service camp in Russia

This photo shows ten men with their instruments -- 3 cornet players, 1 player on trombone, 3 euphonium players, 1 tuba player, 1 player on bass drum and cymbal, and a conductor, who is sitting in the middle of the front row with his baton. The photo is taken out doors with trees and a building in the background.

A phylloxera unit in Crimea

This photo shows 24 men in the phylloxera unit standing in front of their tents, set up in a clearing, with the forested hills in the background. Their task was insect and pest control in vineyards. The photo includes Gerhard Neufeld of Paulsheim, who was shot the night after his auction sale just prior to emigration to Canada in 1926, and David Heidebrecht, who later ordained as a minister in 1921 and later settled in Alberta. Both Neufeld and Heidebrecht were issued silver watches, in recognition of their service.

A rabbit hunt

This photo shows (l-r): Johann Heidebrecht (Nikolaidorf), assistant forester Carl Prokopenko (?), Jacob Boschmann (Petershagen), Johann Janzen lying down, Franz Toews on his knees (Alexanderkrone), Gerhard Warkentin (Ebenfeld) and Starzky Dietrich Friesen. On a rabbit hunt they would also shoot ducks and other birds, besides rabbits.

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