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Matthies, Tina (1894–1928)

Proper Title

Tina Matthies fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

5 mm textual material

Biographical Sketch

Tina Matthies (GR#312964), the daughter of Abram Matthies and Anna Wiebe Reimer, was born on a farming estate in the Kuban. In 1911, she travelled to Germany where she attended a specialized school for a year. In 1917, the family estate farm was plundered by the red army and the families were forced to abandon the property. Tina Matthies, with her brother Isaak Matthies and his family, emigrated from the Kuban, Russia, to Mexico in 1924. The Mexican settlement was not satisfactory. After two years, she and most of the group immigrated to Canada or the United States. The Isaak Matthies family moved to a farm in Manitou, Manitoba. Tina Matthies found a job at a sanitorium for tuberculosis patients in Ninette, Manitoba. After a year, she became ill and came to the Winnipeg Maedchenheim run by Anna Thiessen. She died in 1928 in Winnipeg at the age of 36.

Custodial History

The Tina Matthies fonds probably came to Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies in the 1970s through Anna (Reimer) Dyck of Niverville, Manitoba, Tina's niece.

Scope and Content

The Tina Matthies fonds consists of a photocopied German travel diary written by Tina Matthies, relating events from 1924 and 1925 while she was travelling from Russia to Mexico. Also in this fonds is a life story of Tina Matthies, which includes a description of Jacob C. Reimer’s estate in the Kuban. Jacob C. Reimer was Tina's half-brother.


  • Volume 1012.
  • Title based on contents of fonds.
  • Finding aid: Small collections M, file 13.
  • see also Anna: From the Caucasus to Canada, which is the autobiography of Anna (Reimer) Dyck, an aunt of Tina.

File List

Volume 1012

  • 13:1 Diary of Tina Matthies. -- 1924–1925.
  • 13:2 Life story of Tina Matthies. Three pages.
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