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Peter Driedger - 1851-1933
Peter Driedger was born August 12, 1851, to Isaak Driedger and Helena Sawatzky. He was married on Aug.27, 1872, to Anna Unrau, born May 6, 1851, to Kornelius Unrau and Margaretha Wiens. To this marriage were born eight children.
Peter and Anna Driedger came to Canada from Russia on the S.S. Peruvian. This ship arrived in Quebec City on June 30, 1878. They lived at Einlage, Manitoba. Here he owned the following: 18 cultivated acres, 142 acres of pastureland, 2 work horses, 1 cow, 2 pigs, 1 wagon, 1 plow, 1 harrow, 1 grass mower. This was in 1880.
The Driedgers moved to Neuanlage in 1895. Here he took up a homestead on SE 22, Tp.40, R4, W of 3, which he patented on Nov. 8, 1900.
In 1895 he broke 15 acres and cropped 0; in 1896 he broke 15 acres and cropped 15; in 1897 he broke 15 acres and cropped 30; in 1898 he broke 15 acres and cropped 45; in 1899 he broke 15 acres and cropped 60.
He built a 16 x 36 ft house in the village of Neuanlage valued at $100. He also built a stable and granary also valued at $100. In 1900 he owned four head of cattle and three horses.
From Neuanlage Mr. Driedger moved to the vlllage of Neuhorst. His wife had passed away Sept. 23, 1916, so he moved to the home of his daughter and son-in-law, the Cornelius Heins. Here e lived from 1917 until his death in 1933.
Credit for the photo goes to Mrs. Peter Hein, Saskatoon. Her husband was a grandson of the Driedgers.
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