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Kroeker, Jacob A. (1898–1972)

Proper Title

Jacob A. Kroeker fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

7 cm textual material, and 2 photographs

Biographical Sketch

Jacob A. Kroeker was born in the Crimea. In his youth he moved to Halbstadt with his family where his father, Abraham Kroeker, became the editor of the Friedensstimme. Jacob Kroeker graduated from the school of commerce and then attended the University at Charkow. In 1923, he came to Canada, where he joined the Central Mennonite Brethren Church. He attended first the University at Salem Oregon and then the University of Manitoba. In 1927, he married Aganetha Konrad and they became involved in massage and physiotherapy. He held Canadian and Manitoba Naturopathic licenses, and a Manitoba massage license.

Kroeker was a born organizer and had a concern for people with health problems. He helped initiate such institutions as the German cemetary Glen Eden, the Concordia Hospital, and the Crosstown Credit Union. Kroeker also had a keen interest in supporting medical work in Paraguay through donations of medical instruments and other material supplies. Kroeker died on October 9, 1972 in Winnipeg.

Custodial History

The Jacob A. Kroeker fonds was donated to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in October 1981 by J. Kroeker.

Scope and Content

The papers and letters of Jacob A. Kroeker concern themselves mostly with beginning and supporting hospitals in Paraguay. Most of the letters, personal and official, are addressed to Kroeker, but only a small amount of the correspondence was created by him. Also in this fonds are records of Kroeker's practice.


  • Volume 1008.
  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Accession number is 1921–70.

File List

Volume 1008

  1. Newspaper clippings by Dr. Gerhard Dollinger taken from the "Der Bote" regarding medical work among the Indians in Fernheim. – 1955–1958.
  2. Newspaper clippings regarding medical concerns. – 1950–1960.
  3. Minutes and correspondence regarding Riverside Cemetery (German Cemetery Association). – 1942–1954.
  4. Correspondence to and by Kroeker about medical work in Paraguay, and other records such as lists of surgical instruments sent to Friesland Hospital. – 1944–1959.
  5. Correspondence to and by Kroeker about Neuland, Paraguay. – 1952–1959.
  6. Correspondence with MCC (Akron) regarding contributions to Paraguay. Volendom correspondence, correspondence with C.A. DeFehr. "Recommendations for Developing Trade" and "Menno Hospital," papers likely written by Kroeker. – 1946–1958.
  7. Chaco Survey. Includes information about marketing, storage, crop production, livestock enterprises, industrial development, and recommendations for the Chaco.
  8. Church and mission related programs, notes, reports, lists, and budgets. – 1953–1961.
  9. Correspondence from friends and relatives. Two photographs. – 1943–1956.
    Two photographs, probably of friends or relatives. – 1955.
  10. Diagnosis, treatments, statements, and bills for J.A. Kroeker's patients. – 1953–1969.
  11. Records of diets, tests, and office expenses. – 1963.
  12. "Sparkassen vereinigung" (Credit Union), a three-page paper by Kroeker.
    Miscellaneous records. – 1955–1963.
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