Pastor: Gary Knarr
3167 Walker Rd. R.R. #2 Harrow ON. N0R 1G0
Preserving the history of the Mennonites of Essex and Kent Counties
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The Leamington MEDA Chapter exists with the sole purpose of supporting the work of the overall international organization known as MEDA. We do that by financially supporting MEDA & by educating our constituency about the work of MEDA. MEDA attracts opportunities from all over the globe. MEDA develops programs that provide the best fit between […]
Friday, June 27 marked the end of an era in Leamington as the H.J. Heinz facility ended production. It was in operation for 105 years. The Heinz factory held many memories for Mennonites in the Leamington, Wheatley, Ruthven, Kingsville and surrounding communities. Many of us know someone who has ties there, whether it be working there […]
As the cool Spring turns into long, hot Summer days, how will you be spending your time? If you know travellers coming to the Leamington area, our air conditioned museum is a great way to spend some time, as well as grab a coffee and have a visit. We are open every weekday morning, and admission to […]
Leamington and Harrow Mennonite Youth visit Pelee Island June 2, 1946 following account by John Wiebe 1902-1970 German-English translation by A.Koop In May of 1945 Herman Reimer, the Pelee Island Mennonite Church Sunday School superintendent, received a letter from the Leamington Mennonite Church Youth leader, Peter Epp. At their previous meeting the Leamington youth had […]
The Peter and Elizabeth Tiessen Family Story As told by Jake Tiessen, born in 1922 In 1925 our family, consisting of my parents, half-brother Peter, half-sister Margaret Tiessen Gossen, Frank, Betty Tiessen Janzen, Nick, Agatha, Mary Tiessen Harder, Katharine, and I moved to the Duke farm. In the fall of 1927, my parents bought the […]
Herman P. and Gertrude Lepp Herman Peter Lepp (1903-1966) was the son of Peter P. Lepp (1867-1921) who. In turn was the grandson of Master Peter Lepp (1817-1871). It was Master Peter Lepp who established the Lepp factory in Chortitza, which after his premature death, became known as the Lepp-Wallman Factory. Peter P. Lepp became […]
On to Essex County Part 2 In the autumn of 1924 a committee had already been formed consisting of new Ontario immigrants and the established Mennonites for the purpose of finding jobs for the immigrants. When rumours were heard about job opportunities in Essex County, about 180 miles south- west of Waterloo, delegates from the […]
The Initial Years in Essex County – 1925 – 1928 Additional Families Arrive Following the example of Mr. Lohrenz, a number of families from the Waterloo area came to Essex County in the spring of 1925; at the same time six families from Waterloo went directly to Pelee Island, which constitutes a separate story. (See Mennonite […]
The following text was taken from the book: The Leamington United Mennonite Church with permission from Henry Driedger, son of the author N.N. Driedger, author of the book. Thanks go to Conrad Grebel College Archives for providing us with the pictures. Part 1 Toward the evening of July 17, 1924, at Quebec city, about 1000 […]
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