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Letkemann, Franz H., 1898-1987

Retrieval numbers: Volume 4904, 2114:4

Title: Franz H. Letkemann fonds
Dates: 1912-1983
Extent: 7 cm of textual records

Historical note

Franz H. Letkemann (1898-1987) was born to Heinrich F. Letkemann (1854-1906) and Katharina Wiebe (1865-1920) in South Russia. Franz married Katarina Kroeker (1901-1993) in 1920. They emigrated to Canada in 1923. Like many others they incurred a travel debt. Letkemann was elected as a lay minister of the Mennonite congregation in Graysville by the Schoenwiese Gemeinde of Manitoba in 1945, and continued to serve this congregation after it joined the Bergthaler Gemeinde of Manitoba in 1953. He retired from farming in 1960 and moved to Winkler. He was active in the Winkler Bergthaller Mennonite Church and formally retired from preaching in the church in 1968. Until shortly before his death in 1986, he continued a ministry of visitation, leading prayer meetings and bible studies in the senior citizens home in Winkler.

Scope and content note

This fonds contains Franz H. Letkemann's Russian school report (1913), personal financial records related to the payment of the Reiseschuld (immigration travel debt) to the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization as well as the assistance given to others through the Board (1923-1951) and sermons preached in various Manitoba Mennonite congregations with which he was associated (1948-1982).

Index terms


Letkemann, Franz H., 1898-1987

Adjunct descriptive data

Finding aids

File list available

Related material in this repository

Bergthaler Mennonite Church of Manitoba fonds


Custodial history

Some of the material was found among the estate of Franz H. Letkemann's wife, Katarina who died in 1993 and brought to the Centre by their son Jake Letkemann of Winnipeg. Other material was found among the estate of Tina Letkemann (1921-2000), daughter of Franz H. Letkemann, and brought to the Centre by Alf Redekopp, whose wife, Kathy, is a grand daughter of Franz H. Letkemann. Other materials were collected by David and Trudy Schellenber of Winkler for the Christian Heritage Library.


Mainly in German, one document in Russian


Updated by Sharon H. H. Brown December, 2002.

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Other notes

Acc. no. 93-081, 00-110, 97-150

File List


  1. Immigration and Reiseschuld (travel debt) papers and correspondence. -- 1923,1924,1927, 1928,1930,1931,1936, 1937,1942,1951. Acc. No. 00-110
  2. Franz H. Letkemann Russian report card. -- 1912-1913. Acc. No.00-110
  3. Sermon book. -- 1948-1952. -- Note: There are some loose pages in the book. Acc. No.00-110
  4. Sermon notes. -- 1960-1962. Acc. No. 93-081
  5. Sermons. -- 1973,1974,1979,1982. Acc. No. 93-081
  6. Predigten im andern Lokalen gebracht im Jahre1963-1964. Acc. No. 93-081
  7. Sermons. -- 1952,1960-1962. Acc. No. 93-081
  8. Sermons. -- 1957,1973-1978,1981,1983. Acc. No. 93-081