January 3, 2020 Volume 43 Issue 15 | This photo is of a group of Sommerfeld Mennonites visiting in Rosenbach, near present day Winkler, Manitoba in 1919. Back row (left to right): Frank Enns (1844-1933), Isaac Wiens (1842-1920), Rev. William Friesen (1865-1936) and then 5 unknown young girls. Front row (left to right): Johann Braun (1868-1942), Maria Braun (nee Bergman (1887-1919), Katharina Friesen (nee Braun 1871-1941), Katharina Wiens (nee Esau 1849-1940), Elizabeth Enns (nee Esau (1844-1927), woman on far right not identified.  Getting together and sharing life was a key ingredient to community life and made easier when people lived in villages rather than scattered across the prairies. A few years before she died, Cornelia Stoesz, granddaughter of Rev. William Friesen provided the above identification.  Are there photos in your collection an older family member can help identify? 

Mennonite Heritage Archives, Lawrence Klippenstein collection, written by Conrad Stoesz, Archivist at MHA.

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