Gerhard Janzen 1877-1947
Gerhard Janzen was born Nov. 30, 1877 to Gerhard Janzen and Anna Peters. The Janzens came to Canada on the S.S. Canadian. Their ship arrived in Quebec City on July 19, 1875. They took a homestead at Osterwich, Manitoba.
Gerhard married Elizabeth Neustadter on March 31, 1881. She was born April 23, 1863 to Aaron Neustadter and Aganetha Warkentin. The Neustadters came to Canada on the S.S. Peruvian on July 13,1875.
Gerhard Janzen moved to Hochfeld, Sask., in 1898. He homesteaded NW4-41-4-W3. In 1898, he broke. 15 acres and cropped 0; in 1899, he broke 36 acres and cropped 33; in 1900, he broke 40 acres and cropped 51; In 1901, he broke 30 acres and cropped 105; in 1902, 'he broke 20 acres and cropped 114.
In 1898, he owned 16 head of cattle, 3 horses and 4 pigs. He also built a house 26x36 in the village of Hochfeld, valued at $400. He also built a stable, granary and a shed valued at $150.
Gerhard's wife died on July 4, 1903. Thirteen children had been born to this marriage. He then married Katharina Unger on Dec. 17, 1903. She was born on Oct. 26, 1882, to Abraham Unger and Aganetha Wiebe. She died Dec. 20,1920. This marriage brought another 10 children into the world.
He then married Mrs. Wilhelm Klassen (nee Anna Bergen) on July 4, 1921. She was born Dec. 4, 1866, to Abraham Bergen of Schonwiese. Gerhard Janzen died in 1947.
Descendants of the Janzens still reside in the Hague and Wannan areas.
This photo was contributed by Jacob E. Friesen, Hague.
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