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Conference in Alberta

A group of men at the conference of the Mennonite Brethren churches in Gem, Alberta standing in front of a building.


Conference leaders

Ten church leaders meeting at the conference in front of the church building. First row (left to right) : David Klassen, John Unger, BB Janz, unknown, HH Kornelson. Second row (standing) are all unknown persons.


Jacob W. Toews letters

Jakob W Toews (1847-1933) family correspondence. Jakob W Toews corresponded extensively with his son Gerhard Jakob Toews (1903-1984) who emigrated to Canada in 1926. Some of Gerhard's siblings remained in Ukraine and perished there.
Letters from Susan, Agnes, Lena and Elizabeth are included in this file. The original letters were transcribed by Katharine Hooge. They are grouped by date beginning in 1927 and ending in 1943 when the three sisters died. - (10 files) Box 262
1.1) 1927
1.2) 1928
1.3) 1920
1.4) 1930
1.5) 1931
1.6) 1932
1.7) 1934
1.8) 1935
1.9) 1936-1937
1.10) 1939-1940 Box 262

Toews, Gerhard Jakob, 1903-1984

Mamma Dueckman Zagradovka Massacre

This file consists of the following item:
A "Mama" Dueckman letter to "All dearly beloved children" describing the Zagradovka massacre of 1919. John B. Toews made a transcription of the letter which was in the Gothic script and translated it into English, leaving some sections out. Box 262

Dueckman, Mrs.

David Goerz Letters

This file contains the following items:
1) The original letters are housed in the Mennonite Library and Archives in North Newton Kansas. Copies are included in this file.
2) Letters from David, a teacher, to his parents in Tashkent from 1863 to 1868. They were transcribed and typed by Kathe Hooge.Handwritten notes by John B. Toews about the content of the letters are included. Box 262

Goerz, David 1849-1914

Frank F. Isaac Letters

This file consists of the following item:
1) A personal letter from Grete and F. Thiessen to F.F. Isaac welcoming the family to their new home in Rosthern Saskatchewan in 1926. 1 page.
2) F.F. Isaak, "Denkschrift zum Wiederaufbau der Mennonitischen Kolonien in Russland, Jan.1, 1922. 4 pages. Box 262

Isaac, Frank F. 1876-1944

Forestry Service

This file consists of the following items:
1) David Wiebe, "Forsteidienst 1920-1922, bei den Soviets", document 12 pages, translated and transcribed document by David Wiebe, "Forestry Service under the Soviets, 1920-1922" 13 pages. Box 261

David Wiebe

Friesen, A.A. correspondence

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

Friesen, Abram A., 1885-1948

Janz, B.B. correspondence

This file consists of the following items:
1) Letters received by B.B. Janz in Coaldale Alberta 1915-1929
3) Correspondence and reports 1953-1959
2) Correspondence and reports re Paraguay, 1947
4) Correspondence, personal, 1928-1960.
5) German Deportation Documents, 1941-1944. TRUD Army, NKVD Classified material. Russian with translation.
6) Russian Mennonite Documents, War Reparations, Emigration Movement 1922-1924
7) N.Rempel and A. Bauer "Report to B.B. Janz on the Condition of the Refugees in the Gnadenfeld District", 1924. Box 260

Janz, Benjamin B., 1877-1964

Emigration to Russia 1802

This file contains the following correspondence:
Eight letters from Consul General de Trefurt to His excellency the Chancellor of the Empire of Prussia requesting permission of Mennonites of Danzig to emigrate to Russia in 1802-1893.. See notes.

de Trefurt

Correspondence, September- December 1921

This file contains the following:
1) Letters and documents, February 1921-December 1921.
Correspondence to and from B.B. Janz with the following: Wilhelm Dyck, David Janz, Johannes Merk, B. Franz , H.H. Schroeder, Alvin Miller, Benjamin Unruh regarding the famine in Ukraine and assistance from America to the Mennonites (and others) to emigrate to the West.

Corrrespondence June, July, August 1923

This file contains the following items:
1) Correspondence June, 1923, Philipp Cornies re Purchasing tractors, P.F. Froese, A.J. Fast,
2) Correspondence July,1923 re American Mennonite Relief, VBHH, Board of Colonization with Philipp Cornies, Peter Bergen, Peter H. Unruh, David Toews, A.J. Fast, A.A. Friesen, Peter Froese, F.F. Isaak,
3) Correspondence August 1923 with A.J. Fast, Peter Bergen,Philipp Cornies, P. Froese, Franz Wall, B.B. Janz, VBHH, Die Zentralverwaltung

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