Didsbury drawing

A Moment from Yesterday

April 10, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 8
Laureen Harder-Gissing |
Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario Mission Photo Collection

In 1893, Kitchener, Ont., businessman Jacob Y. Shantz secured land from the government and railway, and he promoted the Didsbury, Alta., settlement to eastern Mennonites. The West was a great unknown to many, who felt they would never see their westbound relatives again once they departed for the land of “buffaloes and Indians.” In 2016, Donita Wiebe-Neufeld, in the pages of the Mennonite Historical Society of Alberta newsletter, would wonder, “Who lived on the family farm east of Didsbury before we did? . . . Why am I not aware of their stories?” In 1950, M. Weber drew from memory the shelter that greeted the first settlers to the district.

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For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see archives.mhsc.ca.

Further reading:
Graduating class
Swords into ploughshares
Canadian Women in Mission
Chesley Lake accordion
Bergey

Photo: David L. Hunsberger / Mennonite Archives of Ontario Mission Photo Collection

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