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Saskatchewan Valley Pioneers

Leonard Doell produced a series of articles on the founding Saskatchewan Valley Pioneers of Mennonite faith for the Sask Valley News in 1985-86. It was a way to recognize the 90th Anniversary of the Hague Osler Mennonite Reserve. This series, plus one article by Sella Balzer, is now offered to us to put on this website for your own family research.

This is a valuable collection of names and photo reproductions. We are thankful to Leonard for this donation and permission to publish them here.

Victor Wiebe, archivist and retired university Librarian, offers this comment about the older version of some Mennonite names;

As a little aside I noticed with some amazement that the first article by Balzer is of a pioneer named Gerhard Wiensz! The feature that amazed me was the letter "z" on his name. Do you know its significance?

He is Dutch and the Dutch would formally spell his last name as: "Wienszoon" which means he, Gerhard, is the son (Dutch = szoon) of a man whose first name is "Wien." This man "Wien" would no doubt be a peasant for he, as most Dutch, did not have family names, only nobility has family names. Napoleon forced the Dutch to take family names so he could conduct a proper census. You should already know this about Mennonite names for our name sake Menno was properly named "Menno Simonszoon" or less formally as Menno Simonsz. Why today we had dropped the final "z" from Menno's name puzzles me.

When Mennonites moved into Polish or German area like Danzig they began using their last or patronymic names as a family name i.e. those ending in "szoon" and always dropped the "zoon" part of that name - or I thought all did until I saw this article on Gerhard Wiensz.! Wiensz. is a wonderful connection to our Dutch past.

Introduction by Leonard Doell

PIONEERS (Husband)
1. R285-3 Giesbrecht, Abram - 1846-1923
2. R285-3 Giesbrecht, Abram - 1846-1923

3. R359-1 Bartsch, Gerhard - 1859-1925

4. S1B004 Wiens, Johann I -1851-
4. S1B004 Wiens, Johann I - 1851-
4. S1B004 Wiens, Johann I -1851-

6. R21l-2 Froese, Jacob -1882-1966

7. R357-3 Peters, Johann B - 1873-1954
7. R357-3 Peters, Johann B - 1873-1954

8.       Peters. Jacob K - 1856-1927
8.       Peters. Jacob K - 1856-1927
8.       Peters. Jacob K - 1856-1927

9. R211-4 Bergen, Isaac - 1872-1960

1O. Slb126 Peters, Klaas - 1855-1932

11. R191-2 Woelke, Peter - 1872-1942

12. R048-3 Hein, Gerhard 1856-1924
12. R048-3 Hein, Gerhard 1856-1924

13. R203-1 Dyck, David 1881-1966
13. R203-1 Dyck, David 1881-1966
13. R203-1 Dyck, David 1881-1966

14. Harder, Peter 1871-

15. R418.2 Driedger, Cornelius 1867-1934

16. Giesbrecht, David

(Wife/wives)
Helena Martens 1848-1890
Dyck, Anna 1870-

Harms, Katharina 1861-1941

Suderman, Helena 1856-1899
Kroeker, Aganetha 1846-1912
Heppner, Agatha 1947-1921

Schmidt, Maria 1882-1966

Braun, Katharina 1866-1898
Hildebrand, Anna 1879-1955

Hiebert, Helena 1880-1881
Kauenhoven, Aganetha -1892
Harder, Saara

Gerbrandt, Katharina 1877-1963

Katharina -1930

Giesbrecht, Maria -1876-

Hiebert, Susanna 1861-1886
Penner, Elizabeth 1862-1922

Dyck, Agatha 1884-1921
Boschman, Margaretha1895-1930
Martens, Helena 1906-1980

Epp, Katharina 1878-

Rempel, Maria 1863-1946


17. R017-2 Wall, Johann P. Rev -1875-1961
17. R217-2 Wall, Johann P. Rev -1875-1961

18. Bullin, Peter 1884-1952 [correction: Franz, submitted by Peter]

19. R020-2 Wall, Johann Rev -1872-1919

20. R282-1 Loeppky, Johann - 1882-1950
20. R282-1 Loeppky, Johann - 1882-1950

21. R364-1 Klassen, Johann - 1856-1929
21. R364-1 Klassen, Johann - 1856-1929

22. R242-2 Janzen, Isaac - 1870-1935

23. R371-2 Reddekopp, Johann - 1869-1927

24. R025-4 Guenter, Aron 1874-1949
24. R025-4 Guenter, Aron 1874-1949

25. R076-2 Wiens, Jacob 1855-1932

26. R281-1 Doell, Heinrich - 1863-1934

27. R217-4 Friesen, Johann - 1877-1960
27. R217-4 Friesen, Johann - 1877-1960

28. R076-3 Janzen, Heinrich - 1879-1920

29. R202-1 Janzen, Gerhard - 1877-1947
29. R202-1 Janzen, Gerhard - 1877-1947
29. R202-1 Janzen, Gerhard - 1877-1947


30. R115-4 Wiebe, Peter 1861-1949

31. R005-1 Wiebe, Heinrich 1881-1968

Wiebe, Anna 1875-1920
Wall, Johann Mrs. 1871-

Klassen, Anna 1889-1958

Klassen, Anna 1871-

Neudorf, Anna 1884-1909
Janzen, Helena 1884-1966

Peters, Sarah 1879-1926
Harms, Katharina 1861-1941

Bergen, Katharina 1874-1947

Schroeder, Maria 1872-1935

Bergman, Anna 1876-1913
Ginter, Helena 1888-1954

Wall, Helena 1854-

Fehr, Barbara 1863-1927

Siemens, Katharina
Guenter, Helena 1881-

Wiens, Katharina 1877-

Neustadter, Elizabeth 1863-1903
Unger, Katharina 1882-1920
Bergen, Anna 1866-


Bergen, Helena 1868-1948

Hildebrand, Anna 1888-

32. R373-4 Wiens, Heinrich - 1881-1945

33. R029-2 Guenther, Peter - 1871-1955

34. R353-3 Neufeld, Abram - 1877-1942
34. R353-3 Neufeld, Abram - 1877-1942

35. SlA23l Kliewer, Jacob 1874-1922

36. R108-3 Neufeld, Johann - 1844-1913

37. R397-3 Bergen, Jacob 1850-1911

38. R05l-3 Friesen, Heinrich - 1879-1955
38. R05l-3 Friesen, Heinrich - 1879-1955

39.R420-1 Olfert, Jacob 1877-1956

40.     Derksen, Abram - 1866-1926

41. R293-1 Schmidt, Isaak 1864-

42. R205-3 Teichroeb, Jacob 1870-

43. R297-3 Loeppky, Isaac - 1859-1947
43. R297-3 Loeppky, Isaac - 1859-1947
43. R297-3 Loeppky, Isaac - 1859-1947

44. R120.4 Bueckert, Herman - 1850-1937
44. R120-4 Bueckert, Herman - 1850-1937

45.      Hamm, Cornelius 1878-1947

46. R379-2 Siemens, Wilhelm_1857-1935
46. R379-2 Siemens, Wilhelm_1857-1935

47. R387-2 Wiebe, Wilhelm - 1870-1932

48. R387-2 Bergen, Wilhelm - 1865-1924
48. R387-2 Bergen, Wilhelm - 1865-1924

49. R045-2 Loewen, Jacob - 1847-1937
49. R045-2 Loewen, Jacob - 1847-1937
(Corrections for several profiles are on this page too).

50. S2U235 - Dyck, Herman - 1876-1959
50. S2U235 - Dyck, Herman - 1876-1959

51. R218.4 Friesen, Isbrand - 1867-1945

52. R153-3 Dyck, Johann - 1874-1932

53. R152-2 Driedger, Peter - 1851-1933

54. R273-2 Goertzen, Benjamin -1873-1929

55. R005-2 Klassen, Peter H. - 1867-1952

56. R419-2 Braun, Johan - 1864-1929
56. R419-2 Braun, Johan - 1964-1929

57. R256-1 Martens, David - 1845-1926
57. R256-1 Martens, David - 1845-1926
57. R256-1 Martens, David - 1845-1926

58. R155-2 Peters, Johann - 1875-1947

59. Peters, Johann

60. Isaac Hildebrandt - 1864-1929

61. Peter Pauls 1869-1924


Peters, Sarah 1883-1945

Loewen, Katharina l876-1958

Wiebe, Gertrude 1880-1919
Bartsch, Maria 1887-1961

Vogt, Katharina 1873-1922

Neudorf, Maria 1849-1931

Peters, Helena 1860-1921

Driedger, Maria 1883-1930
Unrau, Susanna 1888-1973

Dyck, Aganetha 1880-1973

Penner, Maria 1864-1957

Janzen, Justina 1863-

Driedger, Margaretha 1882-1920

Schellenberg, Aganetha1857-1890
Goertzen, Katharina 1863-1920
Wall, Gertrude 1877-1953

Driedger, Sarah 1852-1880
Redekopp, Agatha 1860-1937

Guenter, Katharina l886-1978

Doerksen, Anna 1860-1917
Vogt, Agatha

Bueckert, Gertrude 11882-1964

Funk, Helena 1868-1908
Teichroeb, Maria 1883-1948

Hildebrand, Sarah 1848-1875
Enns, Katharina 1855-1938



Hiebert, Katharina 1881-1990
Esau, Elizabeth 1880-1964

Neudorf, Anna 1874-1947

Neufeld, Katharina 1874-1920

Unrau, Anna 1851-1916

Teichroeb, Justina 1876-1957

Wiebe, Helena 1870

Klassen, Aganetha 1873-1902
Friesen, Maria 1874-1949

Wall, Anna 1873-1873
Peters, Maria 1854-1891
Falk, Helena 1869-

Driedger, Anna 1874-1941

Boldt, Justina

Harder, Maria 1868

Elizabeth Janzen 1890-1942

[Notes:
1. The R.. numbers reference to that family's record in the Reinlander Buch (Old Colony Church Records).
2. Where you see a man's name and birth/death years repeated, you will notice a different wife's name to the right. Each marriage was recorded separately in the church records.
3. This series of profiles is now complete! May 28. 2014.
- Ruth Friesen, web-mistress]




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