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Jantz, Heinrich A. (1902–1994)

Proper Title

Heinrich A. Jantz fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

15 cm of textual material

Biographical Sketch

Heinrich A. Jantz, son of Abraham and Helena Jantz, was born in 1902 at Friedensfeld, South Russia. Both Jantz and his fiancee, Helena Penner, immigrated to Canada in 1923 and they were married in December of that year. They farmed in Laird, Saskatchewan. Jantz sang in the choir and was secretary for the church. In 1947, they moved to Ontario where they ran a fruit farm and joined the Virgil Mennonite Brethren Church. Jantz’s mother and other relatives came from Europe in 1948. In 1957 Jantz and his wife moved into Virgil where he worked for the Niagara Parks Commission. He died on October 25, 1994.

Custodial History

The Heinrich A. Jantz fonds was donated by son Harold Jantz of Winnipeg, sometime in the 1980s.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of letters received by Jantz from Russia, written by his mother and other siblings or friends. The letters are photocopies and are in the German Gothic script. One file consists of poetry in German Gothic script and music, some in Ziffern. These documents probably were not created by Jantz.


  • Volume 979.
  • Title based on contents of fonds.

File List

Volume 979

1. Obituary. – Mennonite Brethren Herald 23 December 1994. Correspondence. – 1921–1925.
2. Correspondence. – 1926–1929.
3. Correspondence. – 1930–1932.
4. Correspondence. – 1933–1938.
5. Undated correspondence.
6. Miscellaneous music, poetry, and newspaper clippings.

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