Reimer, Abraham R. (1841-1891)

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Abraham R. Reimer: blacksmith and Holdeman deacon; born on 3 September 1841 in Rosenort, Molotschna Colony, Russia, to Abraham and Elisabeth (Rempel) Reimer as the third of eight children.  He and his brother apprenticed with the village blacksmith, a trade they further developed in Kleefeld, Molotschna, then Blumenhof, Borozenko and later in Canada. He was baptized in 1860 in Russia, joining the Mennonite Kleinegemeinde, and later that year, he married Helena Poetger (1841-1866). They had five children, two of whom died young. After Helena’s death, Abraham married Maria Reimer (1847-1916) on 14 October 1866. They had 13 children, all of whom survived childhood. The family immigrated to Canada in 1874, where they settled at Blumenort in the Manitoba Mennonite East Reserve.

On 21 January 1883, Abraham R. Reimer was elected as a deacon in the newly founded Holdeman Church. He was a village representative for Blumenort at municipal gatherings for over a year. He served this Mennonite community and others, providing grains, nails, farming equipment, and blacksmithing services, keeping a detailed ledger book, occasionally extending credit and loaning money.  He died at his home in Blumenort on 25 May 1891.


GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.03 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2007: #3852.

Plett, Delbert F. “Abraham R. Reimer, Blumenort.” Preservings No. 15 (December 1999): 29-33.

Author(s) Susan Huebert
Date Published December 2007

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