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Wiebe, Anne (1918– )

Proper Title

Anne Wiebe fonds

Dates of Creation

[ca. 1988]

Physical Description

8.5 cm textual material and 62 photographs, 4 slides

Biographical Sketch

Anne Wiebe was born to Abram Jacob Wiebe (1890-1967), a teacher at the Zentralschule in Chortitza, and Anna Epp Wiebe (1890-1970) on July 1, 1918 in Rosenthal, Ukraine.  She was the first of 4 children.  In 1928 the family emigrated to Canada, settling first in Winkler and then in Gretna, Manitoba.

Anne began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Manitoba, and then in 1945 she followed her family to Ontario where she continued her education, receiving a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.  Later, she graduated with an M.A. from Columbia University in New York City.  Throughout her 35 years of teaching she taught in Manitoba and Ontario: in a senior school in Windsor; at Eden Christian College (also called Eden High School) in Virgil, Ontario; at Galt Collegiate and Glenview Park Secondary School, both in Galt (now Cambridge, Ontario) and at Waterloo Collegiate Institute in Waterloo.  Anne had good rapport with her students and she was honoured as a teacher several times.

The Committee of the Ontario Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church asked Anne to undertake this project of writing the history of the MB church in Ontario.

Other published works include:

“Mennonite Brethren Beginnings in Ontario 1924-1932” in Ontario Mennonite History, Vol. XXV, No. 1 (June 2007), pp. 1-10, based on Chapter VI “Early Beginnings” of her manuscript, edited for OMH by Linda Huebert Hecht and Nancy Fehderau.

“The Mennonite Brethren in Ontario: a short history” in Mennogespräch, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 1986), pp. 4-8.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was written by Anne Wiebe and after its completion passed on to Ken Reddig, the Centre’s archivist, on October 13, 1988.

These records were transferred from the Mennonite Archives of Ontario to the Centre for MB Studies archives in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2010.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection includes an English manuscript of nine chapters written by Anne Wiebe, describing the history and development of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Ontario. Also included are photos from this period as well as copies of immigration documents for the Nicolai Federau family, and the Gerhard Enns family. There is also a bit of correspondence regarding the pros and cons of publishing this manuscript.


  • Described by Conrad Stoesz December 13, 1999; updated by Yvonne Snider-Nighswander January 30, 2011.
  • Accession nos. 1988–045; 2010-07.
  • Location: Volume 550, Files 45-55; Photograph collections NP194-01;
    NP163-02; NS20-01.
  • Related material: Komoka Community Church Photograh collection NP190-02.
  • No restrictions on access.

File List

Volume 550
Manuscript by Anne Wiebe

46. Chapter I: Mennonite Brethren Church of Ontario in Historical Perspective
47. Chapter II: Communion in Elizabethal - 1860
48. Chapter III: Development and Demise of Mennonite Colonies in Russia
49. Chapter IV: The Emigration Process – Part I
50. Chapter V: The Emigration Process – Part II
51. Chapter VI: History of Kitchener MB Chuch - Early Beginnings
52. Chapter VII: Hespler
53. Chapter VIII: New Hamburg
54. Chapter IX: Growth and Expansion of Kitchener MB Church - 1935-1953
55. Manuscript of chapters I-VIII; edited copy
56. Communications and loose notes - 1988-1999
57. Final edition of manuscript


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