Fonds 441 Gossen Family fonds


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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: Gossen Family fonds
Reference code: 0441
Date: ca. 1930-1935 (date of creation)
Physical description: 0.2 cm textual records

5 photographs

Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed by Leslie Gordon, March 2011
Added to new database June 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

Johann Jacob Gossen and his wife Helena (nee Friesen) left their home in Landskrone, Molotschna, South Russia, and travelled to Acme, Alberta in 1925. With them were their five daughters, Helena (born 1911), Sarah (born 1912), Katerina (born 1914), twins Kornelia and Elizabeth (born 1915), and son, Johann. Along with several other Mennonites, including Cornelius Toews, Gerhard Jacob Wiens, Jacob Epp, Abraham Funk, Abraham Kathler, Abraham Friesen, Jacob Franz, Jacob Berg, Henry Sukkau, Jacob D. Nickel, Herman Wall, John Goerzen, Peter Friesen, and A. Regier, Johann Gossen purchased property on the Adair Ranch (also known at Sunset Ranch) at Wembley.

Custodial history

The records were donated in 2011 in two accessions by Donald Norrie, grandson of Johann and Helena Gossen.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the land purchase agreement between John Gossen and the Adair Ranching Company, copies of four photographs taken on the Adair Ranch, and the wedding photograph of Joseph Mervin Jasbec and Sarah Gossen.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents.

Conditions governing use

These photographs are copies and not suitable for reproduction.

Access points

  • Textual record (documentary form)
  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Family and personal life* (subject)
  • Agriculture (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
2011.05.01 Item – Joseph & Sarah Jasbec  1935 1 JPEG : b&w
  Scope and content:

Wedding photograph of Joseph Mervin Jasbec and Sarah Gossen, taken November 8, 1935. Mr. Jasbec taught at Belloy School in 1937.

2011.11.01 Item – The Gossen Girls  [ca. 1930] 1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 10 in.
  Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing the daughters of Johann Jacob Gossen and Helena Friesen beside their log cabin on the Adair Ranch, circa 1930. The house had a sod roof and a dirt floor, which Johann replaced with a proper wood floor. From l-r: Helen (b 1911), Sarah (b 1912), Katherine (b 1914), Kornelia and Elizabeth, the twins (b 1915). All born in Landskrone, Molotschna, South Russia. Family immigrated to Canada in October 1925.

2011.11.02 Item – The Gossen Cabin  [ca. 1930] 1 photograph : b&w ; 5.5 x 10 in.
  Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing the Gossen cabin on the Adair Ranch, as seen from across the Duck Pond.

2011.11.03 Item – Adair Ranch Barn  [ca. 1930] 1 photograph : b&w ; 6.5 x 10.25 in.
  Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing the main barn on the Adair Ranch ca. 1930.

2011.11.04 Item – Adair Ranch Houses  [ca. 1930] 1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 11 in.
  Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing houses on the Adair Ranch. From 1929-1942 the Bartsch Family lived in one of these houses and the Cornelius Toews Family in the other.