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Memorable Manitobans: Jacob Peters (1813-1884)

Farmer, pioneer.

Born at Kronsweide, Russia on 17 October 1813, he played a significant role in negotiating permission to emigrate with the Tsarist government of Russia, as well as enabling the Mennonites to preserve their traditional beliefs in their new homes. Coming to Manitoba in 1876, Peters was one of the leaders of the new community in its early days. Peters established a homestead with his sons in what is now Mitchell, just west of Steinbach. He continued to be a leader in Mennonite affairs, organizing the visit of the Governor General in 1877. He died at Reichenbach on 7 May 1884.


Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online,

This page was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 30 June 2018

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