Fonds 441 Gossen Family fonds


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[ca. 1930]-1935. — 0.2 cm of textual records. — 5 photographs.

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Biographical History

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 Weins, 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 series 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.

A digitized version of the land purchase agreement is available through Alberta On Record.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.
Related records: Norrie Family fonds (145)

Joseph & Sarah Jasbec, 1935
1 photograph; b & w; 2 x 3 in.
Wedding photograph of Joseph Mervin Jasbec and Sarah Gossen, taken November 8, 1935. Mr. Jasbec taught at Belloy School in 1937.
Location: 2011.05.01 
The Gossen Girls, [ca. 1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 7 x 10 in.
The Gossen girls, Helen, Sarah, Katherine, Kornelia, and Elizabeth, daughters of Johann Jacob Gossen and Helena Freisen taken beside their log cabin on the Adair Ranch. The house had a sod roof and a dirt floor, which Johann replaced with a proper wood floor.
Location: 2011.11.01 
The Gossen Cabin, [ca. 1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 5.5 x 10 in.
The Gossen cabin on the Adair Ranch, as seen from across the Duck Pond.
Location: 2011.11.02 
Adair Ranch Barn, [ca. 1930]
1 photograph; b & w; 6.5 x 10.25 in.
A barn on the Adair Ranch.
Location: 2011.11.03 
Adair Ranch Houses, [ca. 1930]
2 photograph; b & w; 7 x 11 in. and 8.5 x 11 in.
Houses on the Adair Ranch. From 1929-1942 the Bartsch Family loved in one of these houses and the Cornelius Toews Family in the other.
Location: 2011.11.04 
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