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NEUFELD, Peter Henry

Peter Henry Neufeld

P.H. Neufeld, First Ordained Minister, Succumbs

One of the Mennonite residents of the Yarrow district, P.H. Neufeld died at his home in Yarrow BC on August 26, 1941. Funeral services were held at Yarrow MB Church and burial was at Carman Cemetery.

Mr. Neufeld was born June 19, 1874 in Friedensdorf, Molotschna, South Russia. The Neufelds immigrated to USA Mountain Lake, MN, June 5.1889 and arrived on the S.S. America in Baltimore Maryland He was baptized May 26, 1890 at Mountain Lake Minnesota. He married Helena Voth on July 29 1894 in Bingham Lake, Minnesota.

Peter was a Minister. The Neufelds had 7 sons: Heinrich, Peter, John, Herman, David, Jacob and Walter; and 5 daughters: Sara, Helen, Maria, Margaret and Viola. They moved to Winkler, MB from Munich, ND. In 1918 they moved to Vanderhoof BC. For 3 years and then back to Manitoba and in 1928, they moved to Yarrow, BC. In Manitoba, Peter taught school for many years. Following this he assisted with the Canadian National scheme for colonization at Prince George. He also taught in Prince George before coming to Yarrow.

Mr. Neufeld and his family were among the first in the Mennonite settle, taking an active part in the church and educational life of the community. For server years he was the instructor of English in the night school at Yarrow where many of the older people and young adults learned to speak, read and write English so they could get jobs as well as further education where it was important to know English. He was the first minister that was ordained by the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. He also acted as Justice of the Peace in Yarrow explaining things to people who did not understand English.

In later years, on account of ills health, he retired to home life. He and his wife, Helena spent his last winter, 1940-41, and early spring with their daughter, Sara (Mrs. C.F. Barkman) in Steinbach, Manitoba. It was shortly after his return home that he suffered a stroke from which he never regained his strength and passed away August 26, 1941 at Yarrow B.C.

He was survived by his wife: Helena; four sons: John, Sardis, BC; Jacob (J.V.), Black Creek, BC; David, Chilliwack, BC; and Walter at home and four daughters: Mrs. F. (Sara) Barkman, Steinbach, Manitoba; Mrs. P.E. (Helen) Kornelsen, Yarrow, BC; Mrs. William (Maria) Loewen, Abbotsford, BC; and Mrs. Henry (Viola) Nickel, Chilliwack, BC.

At the time of his death, he was also survived by his siblings: Heinrich H. Neufeld of Winnipeg; Jakob Neufeld of Gretna; David Neufeld of Dallas; Mrs. Jacob B. Loewen of Gretna; Mrs. Jim Gaines of B.C. Yarrow District paid tribute at the funeral service for P.H. (Peter) Neufeld, at the Yarrow MB Church was conducted by Rev. J.A. Harder, Rev. Abram Nightingale (Nachtigal), Rev. J.J. Neufeld, Vancouver; and Dr. J.H. White, Sardis.

Internment was at Carman Cemetery in Sardis.

Chilliwack Progress June 11, 1941August 21, 1941 Chilliwack ProgressSeptember 2, 1941 Chilliwack Progress


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