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Heinrich Doell - 1863-1934

Heinrich and Barbara Doell 1863

Heinrich Doell was born Dec. 9, 1863, to Jacob Doell and Justina Loewen. He came to Canada as a young man from Russia together with his parents. Their ship, the S.S. Peruvian arrived in Quebec City on June 30, 1878. They then moved to the west end of the Manitoba west reserve to the village of Blumenstein.

Heinrich Doell was married to Barbara Fehr on July 30, 1882. She was born Dec. 10 1863 to Peter Fehr and Anna Boschman. The Fehr family had come to Canada from Russia on the S.S. Mississippi. This ship arrived in Quebe City on June 26, 1876. They homesteaded at Blumenort village in Manitoba.

Soon after his wedding Heinrich Doell took up a homestead near the village, Schoenfeld, Manitoba. Here he also became a teacher in the German private school.

'When the Mennonite Reserve opened in the Hague-Osler area, the Doells decided to move to Saskatchewan. Heinrich took up a homestead on SE32-40-4-W3, west of Hague.

In 1898, he broke 6 acres and cropped 0; in 1899 he broke 2 acres and cropped 6; in 1900 he broke 15 acres and cropped 26; in 1901 he broke 15 acres and cropped 50.

In 1901, he owned 4 horses and 9 head of cattle. He built a12x26-ft. house in the village of Chortitz, valued at $200. He also built a stable, a granary and a pig pen all valued at $75.

Mrs. Barbara Doell was a midwife, bringing many children into the world. She died Oct. 3, 1927. Her husband Heinrich Doell died Jan. 4, 1934.

Some of the Doell family still resides in the Hague area, including one grandson, Jacob Doell, who farms at Chortitz.

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