Isaac Wiens

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A moment from yesterday

May 17, 2017 | Viewpoints | Volume 21 Issue 11
Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Centre

The Isaac S. Wiens real estate office in Herbert, Sask., is pictured in 1911. Wiens (1874-1958), left, was born in Russia and came to Canada as an infant. His family became part of the Bergthaler Mennonite Church and lived in the Gretna, Man., area. He married Katharina Friesen in 1897, and they had 10 children. The family joined other Mennonites who moved to Saskatchewan looking for land and opportunities. Wiens settled in the community of Herbert. By 1911, Wiens was the village secretary. In Herbert, Wiens established a successful real estate business and in 1912 built an elaborate home with running water, a sewage system and a library.

For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database, see archives.mhsc.ca

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