Elisabeth Schultz Kehler, Mennonite pioneer, was born on 30 March 1866 in the Bergthaler Colony, South Russia. She was the fourth of ten children born to Aron K. Schultz (1834-1924) and Maria Harder (1839-1900). As a young adult she was baptized into the membership of the Bergthaler Mennonite Church but later in Canada was a member of the Sommerfelder Mennonite Church. In 1884 she married Jacob K. “Berliner” Kehler (1863-1923). Together they had 13 children (four daughter and nine sons) of which 11 survived to adulthood. Elisabeth Kehler died on 10 February 1943 in Steinbach, Manitoba. Continue reading “Elisabeth Schultz Kehler (1866-1943)”
Jacob Kehler (known commonly as “Berliner” Kehler): farmer and community leader; born on 11 March 1863 in Russia to Gerhard and Susanna (Ketler) Kehler. He was the 10th of fifteen children in the family.
The family immigrated to Canada in 1875 when Jacob was 12 years old and settled in Hochfeld, a small village near Steinbach, Manitoba.
He was baptized on 2 June 1884, joining the Chortitzer Mennonite Church.
Maria (Taunte Marie) was the first child in the Berliner Kehler family. On November 14, 1905 she married Abram Henry Penner, and their daughter Anne Ethel Kehler Penner was born August 19, 1907. She died at an early age of 23 on February 21, 1909, in childbirth of her twins Jacob and Heinrich (who died shortly after birth). Maria was buried, in the Hochfeld CMC Cemetery, together with her newborn son Heinrich.