Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.136

Title: John H. Enns fonds

Dates of creation: 1942-1978

Physical description: 15 cm. of textual and visual records

Biographical sketch: John Enns was born 23 March 1910 in Ohrloff, Molotschna, Ukaine. In 1924 his family immigrated to Canada and came to Waterloo, Ontario. In 1926 the family homesteaded in what became Reesor, Ontario. In 1936 John Enns became the school teacher for the settlement. When the school closed in 1966, he taught in Kapuskasing until retirement in 1971. He was the last inhabitant of the Reesor community, and was the community's historian. He died on 28 August 1986.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to the Archives at various times.

Scope and content: The fonds primarily consists of typescripts, and photograph albums related to the history of Reesor, Ontario created around 1973 by John Enns.

Also included is some correspondence related to the erection of a monument at Reesor. An additional photo album relates to Enns' service at the Montreal River Alternative Service Camp in 1942, and copies of clippings related to Enns' life and death.

Notes: Photographs related to Reesor, Ontario may be found in the Mennonite Archival Image Database.

Original archival description created in 1990s by Sam Steiner.

File list:

Vol. 1

  1. "Reesor Community" typescript, 1973 (128 leaves)
  2. "The Story of Reesor, Ontario" - photographs and commentary in scrapbook format
  3. L. H. Hanlan, "Report of the Fieldman for Northern Ontario," photocopy of 1936 typescript including map of Reesor, Ont.
  4. "The Story of the Mennonite settlement of Reesor, Ontario," 1973, 168 typescript leaves
  5. Paul Dick, "The experience of Reesor, Ontario," Undergraduate paper, 1973
  6. Correspondence re: Reesor Monument (2 pp.), 1978
  7. Copies of clippings related to John Enns' death in 1986.

Vol. 2

  1. Photo album of Montreal River Alternative Service Camp, 1942


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