Classification scheme: 

Title: Magdalena "Mattie" (Gerber) Kropp fonds

Dates of creation: 1891-1965

Physical description: 12 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch:  Mattie Gerber (1904-1995) was born to Jacob B. (1873-1943) and Magdalena "Mattie" (Jantzi) Gerber (1873-1938) in Nobles County, Minnestoa. The family moved to West Branch, Michigan in 1907 or 1908, then to the Millbank, Ontario area in 1926. They were part of a cluster of Ontario Amish families who moved from Waterloo County to Minnesota beginning in 1891, then on to Michigan. Most, like the Gerbers, eventually moved back to Ontario. Mattie Gerber's account book shows she worked for several local families before her marriage. She married Solomon Kropp (1883-1954) in 1947.

Custodial history: Donated to the Archives in 2024 by Peter Woolner

Scope and content: Notebooks, diaries, autograph books and funeral notices

Original archival description created 2024 by Laureen Harder-Gissing.
See "Gerber/Guerber/Kerber." Lorraine Roth fonds. Hist.Mss.1.117.1/52 for additional family history.

File list:

  1. Mattie (Gerber) Kropp's notebook, 1923-1928
    Note: Includes an account of "Our Trip to Canada," 1922
  2. Mattie (Gerber) Kropp's diaries, 1946-1955, 1960-1965
  3. Mattie (Gerber) Kropp's autograph book, 1930-[1941?]
  4. Mattie (Gerber) Kropp's account book, 1929-1940
  5. Jacob B. Gerber's autograph book, [predominantly 1895]
  6. Jacob and Mattie (Jantzi) Gerber's family accounts and recipe book
  7. Mattie (Jantzi) Gerber's recipe book
  8. Mattie (Jantzi) Gerber's notebook of cures, recipes, healing prayers and charms, 1891-[19--]
    Note: Mattie (Gerber) Kropp may have also made entries.
  9. Funeral cards and other death notices


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