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Preserving the history of the Mennonites of Essex and Kent Counties
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Mennonites see value in old things. They don’t like to throw used items into the trash heap. The following article was written by John Wiens, in honour of his dear friend, Harry Rediger. Harry Rediger and his wife Margie Rediger were chosen by the Essex-Kent Mennonite Historical Association to receive the prestigious annual Community Service […]
Mennonites like to be involved in charitable activities, like those of the Gleaners located on Industrial Road in Leamington (http://swogleaners.org). The picture below shows Amy Pinsoneault, far left, Wern Toews. Center, and Kiana Epp, far right. Amy is the welcoming receptionist who will offer you a cup of coffee when you drop in to visit. […]
“I love that my little garden produces food for my table. Grateful for this little harvest!” The above caption expresses it well: why Mennonites like to grow things. Some Mennonites are good horticulturists who like to grow things for their beauty alone , even though it is a lot of work. Even when the time […]
My parents were John Henry Boldt, born in Memrick, Russia, and Elizabeth Funk born in Samara, Russia. Mom and Dad met and married in Paraguay. My siblings were Jake, Elizabeth, Helen, Anna, Johanna and a half sister Tina. Tina’s mother – our father’s first wife – and Tina’s three sisters died in the typhus epidemic. […]
Note: names have been changed When we come to this farm with its adobe brick buildings, we see no people or farm animals. Ben, our driver, goes to the door to announce our arrival. Our van load of visitors is invited into the large, spotless main room where Ben introduces us to the 62-year-old mother. […]
My maternal grandparents were Jacob Driedger and Anna Dyck; my paternal grandparents were Peter Rahn and Anna Tjahrt. I was born in Goldau, West Prussia to Emma and Johannes Rahn. My siblings are Werner, who died in 1993, Ingrid, and Manfred. My first memory is of riding a horse down the gravel road when I […]
No doubt ever existed among the Mennonite immigrants of that time concerning whether or not they should worship together. “No Sunday without a religious service” had been the watchword before coming to Canada, and the same watchword was to remain in effect. For this reason, smaller and larger worship units appeared almost spontaneously in various […]
The First Places of Employment The Mennonites that came to Essex County seemingly gained their employment at first in two chief area: the Broadwell brickyard at Kingsville and the Jasperson brickyard at Coatsworth. The work at the brickyards was burdensome, since men at that time were doing work done by machines today. In the photograph above, one can see Rev. […]
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 […]
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