Item 2 - Summer Bible Course led by Prof. E.F. Stroeter at Apenlee, near Steinbach, Molotschna

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Summer Bible Course led by Prof. E.F. Stroeter at Apenlee, near Steinbach, Molotschna


  • 1902 (Creation)

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1 photograph : b&w : 13 x 10 cm

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This photo is shows the participants at a Summer Bible Course instructed by Professor E.F. Stroeter, hosted on the estate of David J. Dick at Apanlee, near Steinbach, Molotschna in 1902.
Back row (l-r): Peter B. Harder, teacher and secretary of agricultural society, Crimea; Nicolai Esau, land owner in Friendenruh, shot by the G.P.U; Abram P. Nachtigal, minister in Alexanderkrone, later Arnaud, Manitoba and Yarrow, B.C.; Jacob P. Dueck, Lichtfelde, teacher from Sagradovka; Heinrich S. Ediger, Gnadenfeld, doctor from Crimea; David J. Dick, estate owner of Apenlee, who hosted this assembly free for one month, chairman of the Alexanderkrone school society, martyr in a night-time murder at Apenlee in 1919; Wilhelm J. Peters, teacher from Kornejewka, later minister in Steinbach, Manitoba; Julius Heinrichs, medical doctor in Tiege near Orloff; Nicoail J. Dick, estate owner from Brodsky, brother of the host; Abram A. Loewen teacher in Tiegenhagen, later minister/administrator at Alt-Berdjansk and then at hospital in Tiege; Jacob A. Loewen, teacher in Lichtenau, minister of the E.M.B.G [Allianz], died at Moore Park, Manitoba (school district south of Minnedosa).
Row 2 (from back): Jacob P. Boese, Tiegenhagen, teacher and minister, died in Arnaud, Manitoba; Johannes Unruh, Muntau, teacher, son of Elder Heinrich D. Unruh; Cornelius Loewen, Muntau, teacher in Gnadenheim, Molotschna; Gerhard A. Wall, Friedensfeld, teacher in Lindenau; died at Omsk, Siberia; Heinrich Hader, teacher in Steinbach, Molotschna, son-in-law of poet/minister Bernhard Harder; Daniel Fisch, teacher in Pordenau and Gnadenfeld; Jacob W. Lorenz, Tiege, minister from Schoenfeld, later in Hutchinson, Kansas; Johann Doerksen, teacher and minister in Friedensruh near Gnadenfeld, later in Kuban; Gerhard J. Thielmann, Friedensfeld, teacher in Gnadenfeld, in business in Halbstadt; later in Virgil, Ontario; Anna Dick, daughter of the host, Jacob J. Braun, Alexanderwohl, teacher at Fabrikerwiese, then a partner in the publishing house called Raduga in Halbstadt; Anna Willms, daughter of Peter J. Willms, Halbstadt, later Winnipeg, Manitoba; Peter Wiebe, Lichtenau, teacher in Schardau near Gnadenfeld, then in Kleefeld; Jacob Quiring (Jr.), Ph.D., Koeppenthal, Samara, evangelist, Egyptologe, died in the U.S.A.; Jacob J. Dick, Steinbach near Gnadenfeld, estate owner, brother of the host; Kornelius P. Bergmann, Ladekopp, teacher at Brodsky estate, Schoenau and Halbstadt, died in exile in 1937; Wilhelm W. Sudermann, teacher at Deaf-mute school in Tiege near Ohrloff.
Row 3 (from back): David H. Dirks, Gnadenfeld, son of Elder and missionary Heinrich Dirks, teacher in Orechoff, then missionary in Sumatra (Indonesia), died there; unknown, David G. Thiessen, brother of minister Jacob G. Thiessen, Vancouver, B.C.; Jacob H. Janzen, Gnadenfeld, teacher in Rudnerweide, Friedensdorf, Rosenort, Tiege (Maedchenschule), later the Elder of the United Mennonite Church, Waterloo, Ontario; Bernhard B. Wiens, teacher in Ladekopp, Halbstadt Osterwick and other places, then Waterloo and Vancouver; Peter P. Enns, Gnadenheim, then Rosenort, P.O. Halbstadt; Rosenzeig, Jewish christian, later Apostat; Gerhard H. Derksen, teacher, Blumstein, Petershagen, Halbstadt, Schoenfeld, minister in the E.M.B.G. (Allianz), died at Pigeon Lake, Manitoba; David J. Sudermann, son of Jacob J. Sudermann, Apanlee; Nicolai N. Schmidt, Steinbach estate owner; Johann J. Rempel, Lichtenau, teacher, later retailer at Davlekanovo, Ufa; Heinrich N. Wiebe, Rueckenau, teacher in Neukirch and shortly thereafter immigrated to Canada, Herbert, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Row 4 (from back): Mariechen Guenther, Orloff, married first Gerhard D. Duerksen, Tiege, second marriage to Jacob G. Neufeld, Lindena; Eva Sudermann, Apanlee, wife of Julius J. Heinrichs, Halbstadt; unknown from Kleefled?; Mrs. Helena Peters, wife of Wilhelm J. Peters in the top row; Jacob Dyck, teacher in Crimea; Gustav Aron Rempel, Gnadenfeld, teacher and minister in Konteniusfeld near Gnadenfeld; Abram A. Klassen, Elder of the Halbstadt church, died in exile; Mrs. Heinrich D. Guenther nee Reimer, Orloff; Mrs. Jacob J. Sudermann nee Schroeder, Apanlee; Jacob J. Sudermann, Apanlee, estate owner; Jacob J. Esau, Lichtfelde-Friedensruh, teacher and minister, on school counsel, co-founder of secondary school in Alexanderkrone; Mrs. Jacob J. Esau, Friedensruh; Anna Sudermann, Apanlee, later she became wife of Pastor Jack, died in Germany; Mrs. Heinrich J. Dick, Brodsky estate, "Tante Baerbel"; Louise Sudermann, Apanlee, married Jacob J. Heinrichs, Rueckenau near Halbstadt.
Row 5 (from back): Unknown, maybe a Toews from Kuban; D.P. Enns, teacher at Schoenau, Spat, Davlekanovo, Alexanderkrone, later a bookkeeper in Rosthern, Saskatchewan; Hermann A. Rempel, Marienthal, teacher in Lichtelde, Alexanderkrone, Schoenfeld, died as a Sanitaeter in Bersk-Litovk, Poland; Peter P. Loewen, Fuerstenau near Halbstadt, teacher and Homeopathic doctor; Heinrich D. Guenther, Orloff, estate owner and minister in the E.M.B.G. (Allianz), died in Winnipeg; Mrs. Jacob Sudermann, mother of Jacob J. Suderman, Apanlee; Professor E.F. Stroeter, course instructor and chairman of the Jewish Mission in Germany; Mrs. Jacob Dick, Brodsky estate, mother of the brothers David, Nicolai and Jacob J. Dick; Jacob Quiring, Sr., Elder of the Koeppentall, Samara church; Baron Uekskyl from Riga, Evangelis and minister; Mrs. David J. Dick, Apanlee, hostess of this large assembly, martyr of a night time murder at Apanlee.
Row 6 (from back): Johann J. Penner, Blumstein, teacher at Brodsky estate; Heinrich A. Toews, teacher and minister in Samara, later lived in New Westminister, B.C.; Kornelius Klassen, Prangenau, died shortly after this event; Benjamin B. Janz, Konteniusfeld near Gnadenfeld, teacher and minister at Tiege, Chairman of the Mennonite Agricultural Society, later lived in Coaldale, Alberta; Nicolai Dyck, teacher and minister in Nikolaidorf near Gnadenfeld; Peter P. Penner, teacher and minister at Steinbach, Rueckenau, Lichtfelde; Daniel J. Fast, Rueckenau, teacher at Hierschau, short thereafter immigrated to Canada, was a teacher at Rosthern Academy, lived at Main Centre; Johann J. Willms, Kleefeld, teacher and preacher in Siberia, immigrated to the U.S.A., died in Pennsylvannia in 1944, where he ministered to Russian refugee with German sermons. [This list was assembled by the late D.P. Enns and published in Der Bote, 25 May 1949, p. 5.] / translated by AHR.

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The English handwritten title on the top of the front side of this photo reads "The conference of Mennonite teachers in the Molochna area in Apanlee, Steinbach", was most likely written by Dr. George G. Thielman, whose father is on the photo.

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This photo with a full description including the names of the participants was published in <i>Der Bote</i>, 25 May 1949, p.5, under the title "Die Vergangenheit in Wort und Bild" (the past in word and image).

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Price: $5.00
Megapixels: 1.9
Resolution: 1525x1221

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