Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.158

Title: Gerhard A. & Justina Peters fonds

Dates of creation: prior to 1920s

Physical description: 5 cm. of textual records

Biographical sketch: Gerhard Peters (1906-1991) was born in the Alexanderthal village in Ukraine. He immigrated to Grunthal, Manitoba in 1926. He married Justina Neufeld (1910-1999) in 1929; the family moved to St. Catharines in 1944. He was ordained as a minister in 1951, and became the first minister of the Hamilton Mennonite Mission in 1952. He served until 1962. He also pastored the Erie View congregation for five years from 1971-1976. He supported himself as a horticulturalist at E.D. Smith's Cannery and in a job at Simpson-Sears.

Custodial history: The collection was donated to the archives following Justina Peters'  death in 1999.

Scope and contents: The fonds consists of five manuscript books and several incidental items.

Notes: For more information see the obituary in the Mennonite Reporter, Sept. 2, 1991.

Original archival description created 2007 by Sam Steiner.

File list:

Box 1

  1. Correspondence and Notes
    Note: Includes a handwritten minister's script for wedding vows
  2. Mss. inscribed "Liederheft"
  3. Mss. Chorale book with numerical musical notation (Ziffersystem)
  4. Mss. Chorale Book with numerical musical notation (Ziffersystem)
  5. Mss. Chorale Book with numerical musical notation (Ziffersystem)
  6. Mss. Book of Poems and Songs


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