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Johann Wall fonds
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Business and financial records

  • CA MHC PP-2
  • Series
  • 1877-1910, 1911-1913, 1915, 1917-1920, 1923
  • Part of Johann Wall fonds

This series contains material primarily relating to Johann Wall's milling business and legal documents tracing land transactions, mortgages and income taxes . Included are parts of the blue prints of the mill, records of what was milled for whom and when. There are pamphlets on agricultural products (eg. tractors and implements). There is a garden plan as well as Wall's Naturalization certificate. Inside some of the ledgers are small pieces of correspondence that relate to the ledger itself and therefore have remained in the ledger.
Location: Volume 1086:2,3; 1706:3-36.


This series contains a small amount of scattered correspondence to Johann Wall and his daughter Helena. This series also includes a funeral notice written in 1909 announcing Johann Wall's death.
Location: Volume 1706:12.

Wall, Johann, 1850-1909

Helena Wall financial records

  • CA MHC PP-6
  • Series
  • 1903-1915, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932-1934, 1936, 1947
  • Part of Johann Wall fonds

This series consists of financial papers, a birth certificate and a pocket book collected by Helena Wall (b. 1884), daughter of Johann Wall.
Location: 642:5; 1706:1-2.

Wall, Helena, 1884-1975

Jacob Wall diary

This item is a diary begun by Johann Wall's father Jacob Wall of the Chortitza Colony in South Russia. It is a very unique item as very few diaries from this time period in Russia are available today. The diary begins with one entry a year and then slowly increases to over ten pages per year. Johann inherited the diary and brought it to Canada. Edward Enns of Winnipeg translated the manuscript and Glenn Penner published in Mennonite Family History April 1997 a listing of Chortitza Colony marriages found in the diary.
Location: 1086:5, 5a, 7

Wall, Jacob, 1807-1860

Johann Wall fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1824-1932, 1972; predominant 1824-1920

The records document Mennonite life in Russia and early Mennonite life on the Manitoba Mennonite West Reserve. Starting with the Jacob Wall diary (created by Johann's father) with details of life in Russia, to school materials (penmanship) and copied reports and speeches such as information on Hutterites written by Heinrich Donner, and ending with his own financial records as a mill owner in Manitoba and Saskatchewan., which have details of life in Canada. There are legal documents such as land, mortgage and income tax documents. Of special interest are portions of a blue print for the mill that Johann Wall built and operated in Blumenort, Manitoba.
This fonds is described in six series:
-1) Penmanship and school work (Volume 642:1-4,6,7-8.)
-2) Business and financial records (Volume 1086:2,3; 1706:3-36)
-3) Material copied by Johann Wall (Volume 1706:8-11,37)
-4) Correspondence (Volume 1706:12)
-5) Jacob Wall diary (Volume 1086:5, 5a, 7)
-6) Helena Wall financial records (Volume 642:5; 1706:1-2)

Wall, Johann, 1850-1909

Material copied/written by Johann Wall

This series contains material Wall copied or collected from various sources, and a travel diary he wrote during his trip from Russia to Canada. Some of the material he collected or copied are a report by Heinrich Donner regarding Hutterites, farewell sermon by Aeltester Johann Wiebe and an address by Aeltester Johann Epp. Also included in this series is a picture of Johann Wall.
Location: Volume 1706:8-11, 37.

Penmanship and school work

  • CA MHC PP-1
  • Series
  • 1859, 1861-1864, 1880-1884, 1891-1896, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907.
  • Part of Johann Wall fonds

This series contains material produced by Johann Wall, Aganetha Wall (Johann's sister?), and their children Helena and Johann Wall Jr. The material includes penmanship exercises, Christmas and New Years wishes for the parents, math calculations and hymns.
Location: Volume 642:1-4,6,7-8.