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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I had seen glimpses of him at the Leamington Mennonite Seniors Home and when I briefly spoke to him he told me that his wife Margie of sixty-six years, was now a resident in the home. Harry Riediger himself, was not able, at the age of eighty-eight to be her care giver any more. Although Margie, physically […]
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. […]
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 […]
It never fails that if John H. Dick catches my ear at coffee hour, he’s got a story or two for me. This week being the first week of the new year, he was reminded of the start of a new year 71 years ago… On New Year’s Day 1945, he’d been out visiting his fiancee […]
The Period 1929-23 It was only a short time that the church with its headquarters at Waterloo carried the name of The Mennonite Refugee Church, for quite soon the people were dissatisfied with their refugee appellation and attempted to regard Canada as a new home. In keeping with this changed attitude the church was renamed […]
During my last visit to the Mennonite Heritage Centre on Pickwick Avenue in Leamington, Ontario, John Dick came by, along with his son Edward Dick. Edward is an accomplished luthier with a school of lutherie in Denver, Colorado where he builds and repairs string instruments and teaches others to do the same. While Edward was in town visiting his […]
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