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Klassen, Menno (1917-2000)

Retrieval numbers: Volume 2404, 4315

Title: Menno Klassen fonds
Dates: 1942-1993
Extent: 14 cm of textual records.
Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

Historical note

Menno Klassen (1917-2000) was born in Laird, Saskatchewan. From 1922 till young adulthood he lived in Neuanlage, near Altona, Manitoba. He completed a four-year agriculture degree at the University of Manitoba. For a while he worked for the Rhineland Agricultural Society based in Altona, promoting 4-H, animal health, and special crop production programs. He also shared in the leadership of the Altona Youth Forum. Later he worked in Paraguay with the resettlement of Mennonites refugees from Europe following World War II. Upon returning to Winnipeg in 1950 he worked in the sugar beet industry. He remained an advocate for various peace and justice causes and volunteered in many church committees such as Moose Lake Camp, long after his retirement in 1982. He was married to Agatha Enns (1918- ) and together they had five children.

Scope and content note

This fonds consists of materials relating to the Rhineland Agricultural Society, Klassen's work with young people in Altona and Winnipeg, and his memoirs.

Index terms


Klassen, Menno (1917-2000)

Adjunct descriptive data

Related material in this repository

J.J. Siemens fonds, Rhineland Agricultural Society fonds.


Custodial history

The material in this fonds was created and collected by Menno Klassen, who donated the material to the Centre.


Described by Conrad Stoesz, September 25, 2000.

Other notes

Accession nos. 93-070, 00-105.

Menno Klassen fonds inventory file list

Volume 2404

  1. Minutes of Altona Youth Forum. -- 1942-1946.
  2. Young peoples and Youth forum. -- 1943-1959. Acc. No.00-105
  3. Autobiographical writings regarding living in Neuanalge, Manitoba, and experiences during world war Two. -- [197Acc. No. 00-105
  4. Can we make the transition from the German to the English Language without loosing the Faith?/ George Brunk. -- 1957. Acc. No. 00-105
  5. The early history of the Fernheim Experimental Farm. -- 1979. Acc. No. 00-105
  6. Miscellaneous correspondence and articles. -- 1944,1977,1979,1992,1993. Acc. No. 00-105
  7. Conference of Mennonites in Manitoba camping correspondence, eg. Moose Lake. -- 1961,1964,1965. Acc. No.00-105
  8. Rhineland Agricultural Society and Federated Southern Manitoba Coops. -- 1943-1989; predominantly 1943-1953. Acc. No. 00-105
  9. Rural Municipality of Rhineland Study course. -- 1936. Acc. No. 00-105
  10. Memoirs, This is the Sunshine Book, Gathered by Menno [Klassen]. -- [1940-1989?]. Acc. No.00-105

Volume 4315

1 Memoirs under various headings / written by Menno Klassen. Acc. No. 93-070.