Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss.1.190

Title: Anna Shantz fonds

Dates of creation: 1889-1898

Physical description: 5 cm. of textual records

Biographical Sketch: Anna Shantz (July 25, 1871-July 29, 1917) was the daughter of John D. Shantz (Oct. 4, 1839-June 13, 1923) and Elizabeth Steiner (Dec. 12, 1840-June 24, 1901). She was born in Wilmot Township, Waterloo County on her father's farm.  On April 8, 1903 she married Albert Habermehl (September 30, 1874-1964). They moved to the St. Jacobs area and later to Conestogo. They had one son and five daughters.

Anna was a member of the Mennonite Church.

Custodial history: Donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario by Anna's granddaughter, Verda Cook in April 2000.

Scope and content: The collection is composed of letters she received as a young woman both from her sisters and from friends. 


Original archival description created 1990s by Sam Steiner.

See Anna Shantz's obituary in Gospel herald (August 16, 1917), 383.

File list:

Series 1: Correspondence

  1. Sarah Shantz, 1892-1897 (20 items)
  2. Elizabeth Shantz, 1892-1896 (4 items)
  3. Tobias Shantz, 1895 (1 item)
  4. Mary Ann Shantz, 1894 (1 item)
  5. Maria [Shantz?], 1895-1896 (4 items)
  6. Amanda May Shantz, 1896) (1 item)
  7. Misc. correspondence, 1889-1898 (14 items); correspondents include: Bertha Basinger, Nancy Brubacher, Mrs. Ezra Cressman, Magdalena Hunsperger, Lena Rudy (3 items), Lydia Rudy, Sarah Rudy, Adeline Schmitt (2 items), Eli Shantz, Malinda Snyder, Lydia J. Steiner  


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