Photo 088 - John P. Dyck slide collection--Alternative Service

Stumpp map of South Russia Group of men in forestry service Group of men in forestry service in Russia Assistant Forester (?) Group of men in forestry service in Russia Gerhard J. Klassen Johann Klassen Forestry service buildings Franz Toews A rabbit hunt Group of men in the Russian forestry service in a funeral procession Carrying a log Forestry men having some fun in the forest Eating lunch in the forest At a Forestry service camp in Russia
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CA MHC PP-14-Photo 088


John P. Dyck slide collection--Alternative Service


  • [between 1900-1918 and 1941-1945] (Creation)

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197 slide photographs

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John P. Dyck was born on October 19th 1901 in the village of Schosztak to Peter J. Dyck (1878-1947) and his wife Anna Klassen . At the age of three his mother passed away and his father was re-married to Susie Lietz (1884-1959). John P. Dyck went to school in Novo-Petrowka, the village of Ladekopp in the Molotschna Colony, Schönfeld, and Neu-Halbstadt for high school. In 1918 he went to the Kommerzschule in Halbstadt. Four years later he began his teaching career in Nowo-Petrowka. He taught there until his family decided to immigrate to Canada in June of 1924. They arrived in Rosthern Saskatchewan on July 21, 1924. The following year they moved to Manitoba where they lived in Dominion City until 1928 when they moved to Starbuck.

Following a year of studies at the Mennonitische Lehreranstalt in Gretna, taking his grade eleven in Dominion City, and attending the Normal School in Winnipeg, he began teaching in Plum Coulee. On October 26, 1930 he was married to Agnes Braeul. They were blessed with five children.

After teaching in several different areas of Manitoba, John P. Dyck and his family moved to Springstein where they farmed. During this time he also taught at several Hutterite Colonies. At the time of his retirement in 1970 he had been a teacher for 40 years. In addition to being a farmer and teacher, John P. Dyck was quite involved in the Church and was also an avid historian. In 1986 he and his wife moved from Springstein to the Bethel Place in Winnipeg where he lived until his death on February 4, 1990.

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This collection contains photographs of Mennonite men in forestry service in Russia in the early 20th Century and Mennonite conscientious objectors to war in Canada in the Alternative Service program during the Second World War (1941-1945).

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accompanying sound recording available (cassette # 56)

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