Articles

These are a cross-section of articles that I've written over a period of several years, from short 1-page pieces to longer, multi-page pieces, relating primarily to my family history, but also some local Abbotsford history.

In addition, the two family history books that I've written are also listed here.


Published
  Description
Russia    
Three Miracles and a Humble Beginning Roots and Branches (Pg. 13) Description of events around Heinrich Neumann decision to emigrate in 1926.
Martin Loewen, Kulak Willi Vogt Site The impact of dekulakization and collectivisation on Martin Loewen and his family.
A Survival Story: The Driedger Family Willi Vogt Site The impact of dekulakization and collectivisation on the Abram & Margaretha Driedger family.
Life in Pretoria Befoe The Turmoil Willi Vogt Site Description of life in pre-Revolution Mennonite village, based on recollections of Loewen family members.
Education in Pretoria Willi Vogt Site Description of school in pre-Revolution Mennonite village, based on recollections of Loewen family members.
Pretoria During Civil War and Famine Willi Vogt Site Impact of Russia's Civil War and the 1922 Famine on the Loewen family, as recalled 70 years later.
The One Who Remained Behind Preservings (Pg. 47) Life story of Jacob (Loewen) Leven, who chose to stay in Russia in 1926, to complete his studies.
Petersdorf Roots and Branches (Pg. 23) An overview of the history of Petersdorf in the Chortitza Colony, S. Russia, from its founding to its demise by 1920.
Three Mullers Roots and Branches (Pg. 17) Description of three generations of Mullers, whose lives impacted their communties from Russia to Abbotsford, BC.
     
Abbotsford    
From Separateness to Inclusivity: Mennonites in the Fraser Valley Abbotsford: A Diverse Tapestry An examination of the geographical, economic, and social impact that Mennonites had on Abbotsford.
     
Family History Books    
Abraham Jacob & Maria Loewen Family Lulu Publishing (Online sales) The story of my Loewen roots and my grandparents & family's lives, Prussia-Russia-Canada (excerpts from book found here)
Canadians Through Miracles Lulu Publishing (Online sales) The story of my Neumann roots and my grandparents & family's lives, Prussia-Russia-Canada
Unpublished    
Russia    
Johann Eitzen, 1865-1933 Click Here Victim of dekulakization and arrest of grandmother, Maria Loewen's brother in Stalin's Russia.
Johann & Helena Loewen Funk, 1861-1938 Click Here Grandpa Loewen's older sister and family account of dekulakization, exile, and death.
Letters From Tante Anna Click Here The pain of separation from family, experienced in Russia after 1926, based on letters of 1930s and 1940s.
Abraham Loewen Home in Pretoria, Pre-1926. Click Here Description of her home in Pretoria, as recalled by my Aunt Tina Loewen, who was 10 when she emigrated.
Packing For Canada Click Here What to pack? For my Aunt Lena Loewen, a memento of her oldest brother, who never returned from war, accompanied her to Canada.
     
Canada    
Reiseschuld And a Frugal Lifestyle Click Here For Abraham & Maria Loewen, repaying their travel debt was top priority, which affected their lifestyle choices.
The Rempel Brothers Click Here Modest Mennonite newcomers establish largest non-unionized concrete company in BC, and pioneer new technology in the industry.
The Steuer and Church Finance Click Here The role of membership levies on church finance and membership at West Abbotsford Mennonite Church.
Music at West Abbotsford Click Here Music shaped both the church and the lives of many members of West Abbotsford Mennonite Church.
West Abbotsford Mennonite Church Growth Click Here Description of West Abbotsford Mennonite Church's early growth, 1936 to 1960.
A Praying Mother Click Here My grandmother, Sarah Wiebe Neumann, was known as a 'prayer warrior'.
The Night He Shot The Bull Click Here Anecdote related to real-life experience of Uncle Peter Neumann.
 
     

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