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Reimer, Jacob W. (1860–1948)

Proper Title

Jacob W. Reimer fonds

Dates of Creation

1905-1951, [ca. 1991]

Physical Description

10 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Jacob W. Reimer was born on March 9, 1860 in Alexanderkrone, south Russia to Wilhelm Reimer (1835–1908) and Helena Klassen. He went to school in the Orloffer Zentralschule. At the age of seventeen he moved to Ladekop where he took up a teaching position for two years. He then moved to Muntau where he taught for another four years.

In 1882, he was interested in, and began a career as itinerant minister. He preached in various Mennonite Brethren churches. He married Gertruda Neustadter, who was born in 1868, and together they had seven children who survived childhood. Some came to Canada, others were exiled to Siberia. Gertruda died on February 20, 1920. Jacob then he married Margarete Rempel (Peters) in 1924.

On July 13, 1924, he immigrated with his family to Canada. The first few years the family was in Ontario. After this they moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and then Steinbach, Manitoba where they lived for thirteen years. In 1942 they moved once again, this time west to Sardis, B.C. After an illness, he died on March 6, 1948.

Custodial History

It is unclear when and who donated this material to the Centre. Most of it was produced by Reimer, however, a portion of the genealogical material was produced by J. Schroeder of Windsor in 1941. When this information came to the Centre is unknown.  In 2008 correspondence to and from Reimer came to the Centre via Abe Dueck.  Abe's wife Kathy is a granddaugter of Reimer.  The letters were originally deposited at CMBS in Fresno.  The family brought the records to CMBS, Winnipeg as Reimer was a Canadian.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection contains a publication, correspondence, and genealogical information of Jacob W. Reimer. Most of the material was produced by Reimer, however there is some material which was added after his death. Almost all the material is in German.


  • Volume 1042.
  • Described by Conrad Stoesz December 6, 1999, updated by Conrad Stoesz October 16, 2008.
  • Accession nos. 2008-025.
  • Finding aid consists of a file list.
  • No restrictions on access.
  • Language: mostly German Gothic script.

File List

Volume 1042

1. J.W. Reimer, Der Wundervolle Ratschluß Gottes mit der Menschheit, Hillsboro, Kansas: MB Publishing House [4 copies]. – [192-?].

  • Copy of letter to Dück from Margaretha Reimer. -- 1951.
  • Copy of Nonresident Alien’s Border Crossing Identification Card: United States of America and Dominion of Canada: National Registration Regulations, 1940 Registration Certificate. -- 1940.
  • Jacob W. Reimer “Der Tag Des Herrn.” -- 1920.
  • Copy of letter to Brothers and Sisters in Reedley, from J.W. Reimer. -- May 22, 1928.
  • Ancestors and descendants of Jacob W. Reimer. -- 1941, [ca. 1991].
  • Copy of obituary of Jacob W. Reimer. -- 1948.

2. Letter from Peter M. Friesen [P.M. Friesen] to "Bruder Reimer." -- 1905.
3. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1924-1926.
4. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1927-1928.
5. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1929-1930.
6. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1931-1933.
7. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1934-1939.
8. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer's wife and children. -- 1940-1943.
9. Letters from Jacob W. Reimer to individual children. -- 1928-1931.
10. Letters from Jacob W. Reimer's wife. -- 1932.
11. Letters to Jacob W. Reimer from his children. -- 1931.
12. Letters received by Jacob W. Reimer. -- 1924-1944.

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