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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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 [...]
Tickets are still available for our Annual Spring Banquet! Bridge the generation gap! Parents: bring your adult children along to reminisce together about your favourite dishes. Children: gift your parents with tickets to an evening which will include a delicious meal and listening to speaker Marlene Epp. That’s an affordable night out which you will [...]
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 [...]
Anna Letkeman born 1936 in Swift Colony, Mexico interview by Astrid Koop My parents Ben and Agnes Sawatzky Schmidt were both born in Saskatchewan; my mother in 1906 and my father in 1903. Their parents, in turn, had been born in Russia. I was born in the Swift Colony of Cuauhtemoc, Mexico, one of nine [...]
Nicholas Hamm: born 1914 in New York, Russia My parents were Peter Abram Hamm, born in Alexandrovsk, on the Dnieper River and Margaretha Unger, daughter of Peter H. Unger, born in Einlage, Chortitza Colony, Russia. My first memory is of WWI, 1914-1918, when the German occupational forces were billeted in Mennonite homes in our village. [...]
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 First Mennonites Living In Essex County The following text was taken from the book: The Leamington United Mennonite Church with permission from Henry Driedger son of the author N.N. Bdrieger Part 1 Arrival of Immigrants Toward the evening of july 17, 1924, at Quebec city, about 1000 Russian Mennonites disembarked from the C.P.R. ocean [...]
George Friesen’s Story George’s parents are Bernhard and Anna Friesen; Gerhard and Agatha Friesen are his grandparents, who were born in Manitoba. George is married to Cindy, whose parents are Dwain and Barbara McCracken; grandparents are Fred and Evelyn MacVoy. George and Cindy have two children: Kenneth, (married to Lisa), and Chelsey. Ken and Lisa [...]
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