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Janz, Jacob B. (1884–1972)

Proper Title

Jacob B. Janz fonds

Dates of Creation

[ca. 1950]

Physical Description

1 folder of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Jacob B. Janz was born on June 13, 1884, in Conteniusfeld, south Russia to Benjamin and Helena (Penner) Janz. His goal in life was to become a teacher which was realized when he was nineteen years old in Fischau and later he taught in Ohrloff. At the age of twenty four he was baptised into the Mennonite Brethren church. In 1908, he was married to Aganetha Wiens from Sparrau. Six children were born to this couple. He remained a teacher for twenty one years which was interrupted by the first World War. New regulations imposed by the Russian government did not allow him to continue in his profession and so he decided, as a landless family, it was best to move to Canada.

In 1924, the family immigrated to Canada and lived in southern Ontario. Here he could not find work as a teacher and therefore in 1927, moved to Coaldale, Alberta to take up farming. Here the family was also closer to family such as his brother B.B. Janz. In 1946, they retired from the farm and moved into the town of Coaldale. In December of 1946, Helena passed away. Jacob continued to live in Coaldale until his death on September 2, 1972.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this collection is unknown.

Scope and Content

The contents of this collection consists of one item. It is the story of the Janz family’s immigration to Canada and the arrival in Ontario. It is in English and unclear if it is a translation or original.


  • Volume 976.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz October 29, 1999.
  • Accession nos.

File List

Volume 976

1. Jacob B. Janz, Up and Away to Canada. – [ca. 1950].

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