AFHS General Program Meeting December 1997
by Judith Rempel
See also current AFHS
The Book I'd love to see in my stocking - will be a book of answers
to the many small genealogical mysteries that plague me now. For
instance, it will tell me:
- About the Mill:
- which Mr. Hubert co-owned a mill with my grandfather Rempel
- and in which Russian Mennonite village it was located?
- how it was that, that four storey brick mill could burn
to the ground?
- About Grandma Rempel - who almost raised me until I was 12
- where my grandmother Anna Ketler lived while she and her
mother were in household service?
- how did she, as a single woman, manage to get a man's job
as a bookkeeper at a publishing house in 1900s Mennonite Russia
- and then, how did she, come to be a landowner in 1913 -
even if it was only a small piece of land?
- About my Rempel Grandparents:
- when my grandfather Rempel's first wife died, did he really
return 6,000 miles from Siberia to the Ukraine sweep up my
grandmother Anna because she was his childhood sweetheart?
- how my pretty grandmother happened to stay single until
she was 40
- did she have suitors and turn them down?
- did the household service background hamper her chances?
- or was it a matter of love lost because my grandfather
had fallen in love and married another woman?
- About my Great Uncle Abram Peters
- how was it that my great grandfather, brother - Abram Peters
who was a conservative Sommerfelder Mennonite minister came
to have four wives, two of whom shared a surname with him
before they got married.?
But, best of all, the book will generate new mysteries that I
need to think about, research, and speculate about.