© Mennonite Heritage Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba (Last updated April 2, 2007)
Retrieval numbers: Volume 5155; CD coll. No. 26.
Title: Jacob Heinrich Reimer fonds
Extent: 7 cm of textual records
Extent: 1 compact disk
Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
Jacob Heinrich Reimer was born November 15, 1893 to Rev. Heinrich
Reimer (1850-1929) and Margareta Regehr (1862-1923) at the Vladimir Forestry
camp where his father was minister and manager of this Mennonite alternative
service camp. Jacob was the first child of 7 from this marriage. Heinrich
Reimer's first wife was Gertrude Warkentin (1850-1890) and they had 7
children. From the forestry camp the Reimers moved to Neu-Schönsee, Zagradovka
colony, South Russia where Jacob Heinrich Reimer attended elementary
In 1905 the family moved to the Mennonite village of Lichtfeld,
Molotschna colony. Later Jacob attended the Zentralschule in Alexanderkrone
and Kommerzschule in Halbstadt from 1910 to 1915.
In 1915, during the First World War, Jacob served as a Sanitäter
(ambulance attendant) aboard train number 192 and was later stationed in
Moscow as a bookkeeper. One of Reimer's activities after returning from his
service was the collection of wild plants in the Molotschna area including
Halbstadt, Lichtefelde, and Landskrone which he carried on from
In the fall of 1918 he began a teaching career in Alexandertal and
around this time Reimer was baptized and became a member of the Lichtfelder
Allianz Mennonite Church. In 1920 he was teaching at the Fortbildungsschule
(junior high school) in Landskrone, Molotschna.
Jacob Reimer was married to teacher Lydia Dyck (1901-1937) on July
17, 1922. They left Russia and arrived in Rosthern, Saskatchewan on April 16,
1924, just days before the birth of their first child, Heinrich, on April 18.
Jacob continued his formal Canadian education by attending the Herbert Bible
School 1924-1925, the Mennonite Collegiate Institute (MCI) in Gretna, Manitoba
1926-1928, the Manitoba Provincial Normal School 1928 and 1930, and summer
school at the University of Manitoba in 1937. He was a teacher in the
Carruthers school near Burwalde, the Gruenthal school near Altona, and the
Woolwich school, near Gruenthal. He also did some farming, usually on rented
land, during his teaching career.
In 1938 Jacob married Aganetha Klassen (1899-1982) and together
had 2 children. In 1944 Jacob quit teaching due to health concerns and moved
the family to St. Catharines, Ontario and later Vineland where he gained
employment at the English Electric Factory until his retirement 15 years
later. The family was active in the Vineland Mennonite Brethren Church and he
was a congregational correspondent to the Mennonitische Rundschau. Jacob
Reimer died May 30, 1976 in St. Catharines General
Scope and content note
This fonds consists of eleven thin notebooks containing dried wild
plants collected from the Molotschna area, South Russia, current day Ukraine,
north west of Berdyansk. The area was a large grassland agricultural plain
with a moderate climate. The plants are mounted on scrap pages that have a
mixture of German and Russian handwriting and print on both sides that include
correspondence, mathematical and chemistry equations and financial accounting
from ca. 1914-1920. Along with each specimen is its name. Many also include
location and date obtained. With each notebook there is a separate listing of
the Latin, German and English names of the plants, possibly prepared by
faculty at the University of Manitoba.
This fonds is very unique and the only one of its kind in this
archive. This fonds provides a snap shot into the native vegetation of the
area and can give suggestions as to accompanying animals found in the area and
what inhabitants used for everyday living including food and medicine. It has
not been determined if the scrap paper the plants are mounted on have any
Photographs were taken of the collection and saved on compact
Adjunct descriptive data
Inventory file list available
This material was donated to the archives in 1999 by Helen
Bergmann, daughter of Jacob Reimer
Physical description details
German, Russian and English.
Described by Conrad Stoesz February 26, 2007.
Restrictions on access
No restrictions to viewing content on CD # 26. Handling
restrictions on originals in Volume 5155.
Accession no. 1999-124.