Prairie Pioneers: Schönthal Revisited

Book, 2016, 138 words

"This book by Mary Neufeld is an interesting study of one of the most important villages in the eastern half of the former Mennonite West Reserve in Manitoba. Located on the banks of Buffalo Creek/Channel, it became the home of Mennonite immigrants from Russia. Carved out of the windswept prairie, located in an area frequented by buffalo, it became a thriving community and produced a remarkable number of gifted leaders for the larger Mennonite community.

The thread that ties the book together is Neufeld's search for roots; for the story of her father's family and its many connections. This search provides the motivation, the drive and the passion for the study. The book thus becomes not only a history, but a labour of love.

The book is beautifully and liberally illustrated with many large photos, maps, charts, lists and other detailed information. The book will be of interest to the insider looking for family connections, former school chums and memories of long ago—and for readers who wish to understand the broader social, economic and family dynamics that made life on the Manitoba prairie possible and fulfilling during pioneer years." - John J. Friesen, Professor Emeritus, Canadian Mennonite University

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