Classification scheme: 
Hist.Mss.1.336 (s.c.)

Title: Johann J. Schmidt fonds

Dates of creation: [ca. 1910]

Physical description: 2 cm of textual records ; one object

Biographical sketch: Johann Schmidt (1888-1951) was born to Johann and Henriette Schmidt in Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, south Russia. He married Helene Riediger in 1911; the couple had four children. The family emigrated to Canada in the 1920s and farmed in Reesor, Ontario. Johann Schmidt died in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1951. In his youth, Schmidt was a member of the Gnadenfeld church choir led by conductor Abram Braun and accompanied by church organist Johann Rempel.

Custodial history: Received by the Archives from Marlene Epp in about 2019. Sent to Marlene Epp by Anne Konrad and Harvey L. Dyck in 2004. After Johann's death, these items were in the possession of his son Ernest.

Scope and content: When he came to Canada, Schmidt brought the following items with him: 1) a set of clamps made by Rempel (who was also a cabinet maker) for choir members to hold their music, and 2) a booklet of choral music using Ziffern notation. A typewritten note explaining the origin and use of these items is included with the fonds.

Original archival description created 2021 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.
See also Agatha (Loewen Duerksen) Schmidt fonds


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