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Clement, David Ward and Janie Elizabeth.

Photograph of David Ward Clement, dressed in Cadet Corps uniform, smiling down at his mother, Janie Elizabeth Clement and holder her hand. The pair are standing together outside of a residential home.

Clement Bowlby Family

Clement, David Ward and parents.

Photograph of Janie Elizabeth, David Ward and Edwin Perry Clement laughing together while standing outside of a residential home. David is seen dressed in a Cadet Corps uniform.

Clement Bowlby Family

Prayer book

Item is a manuscript prayer book from 1844. On the page facing the front cover, at the head of the ownership note, is the motto "God is the purest love". Underneath is a note stating "This prayer book belongs to me, Emiliae Geyer, in Schneidmuhl 1844". On the title page is the motto, "God is our father", and underneath that is a note describing the book as a pious prayer book on prayers for morning, evening, communion as well as holiday prayers and the four alter gospels. The book also contains hand-drawn illustrations in ink and watercolour of religious imagery such as Jesus and St. Johannes.

Without a home

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine, regarding his family's trip through Carrick Township seeking a suitable home. After failing to do so, the family moves in with Brother Dinkel’s and his family to wait for the construction of a preacher's residence.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Many meetings

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine providing an update about his health and preaching activities. Anthes notes that he's unwell following extensive speaking engagements and travelling in snowy conditions, on roads in poor condition. He notes that several people in Port Elgin are sick with typhoid and comments that Old Bricker is unwell. Anthes also notes that Brother Busch is sick and struggling with building the new preacher’s home, and offers brief updates about visits from J. Schneider and Brother Umbach. Also included are comments about the weather and questions about various people, likely friends and family.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Financial concerns

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine, in response to a latter received from them on November 30th. Anthes makes note of the winter conditions in Carrick and that he will be preaching at two different locations on Sunday. He also shares his opinion about financial contributions toward paying off church debts, indicating he thinks the Anthes families have contributed enough given his extensive travelling and related expenses the past two years.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Long-awaited letter

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine in response to a letter from them dated May 18. After wondering if their letter was misplaced because it took longer than expected to arrive, he provides an update about the family's living situation indicating that his wife, Magdalena, is liking things better. He explains they will be moving into a home vacated by Brother Fink once it has been whitewashed and improved by Brother Wigand. Anthes notes he is so busy preaching and visiting families that he has to do all of his studying and writing at night. The remainder of the letter consists of requests to pass on well wishes to family and friends.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Leaving a child behind

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine regarding trips to Carrick and Southhampton that daughter Sarah missed out on due to a lung infection. Makes reference to son Martin's reaction to boats full of fish and the family's plans to acquire late apples.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Sad news

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine, regarding the death of Magtalena Buesch. Includes reference to Little Lievei being seriously sick and at risk of dying like sister Lena. Anthes concludes by noting that he continues to have
considerable pain" in chest following a severe cold.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Assemblies and conversions

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. He details his success converting several heads of local families, some of whom are identified by name, despite the efforts of a [Lutheran?] pastor to prevent their departure from their former beliefs. Anthes explains that he has fallen ill from the exertion of hosting repeated assemblies and that the snowy weather is preventing him from travelling to hold yet another assembly. Prior to signing off he notes that son Martin's arm was burned by a cup of hot tea and that Brother Umbach’s Märthe may be visiting in early March.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Sick wife

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. He shares news of his wife Magdalena's illness and her return to health, nothing they have had to rely on female help to get by. Anthes notes their youngest daughter is "quite healthy and so very friendly" and invites his parents to the consecration of the church later in January. The letter ends with a postscript note about the possible digging of a new well and his inability to contribute due to winter expenses.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Letter concerning child care

Letter from S. Braun to 'Father Anthes' regarding a mother and child they are seeking to assist. Letter makes mention of streets that are "barely passable" due to deep snow.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

New daughter

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine regarding the birth of daughter Martha Magdalena, indicating that she and his wife, Magdalena Stricker, are doing well. He also notes that the church construction is progressing quickly and that the apples arrived.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Household economics and building a church

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. He shares that everyone with the exception of Sara is healthy, but that she's still going to school. He says the family is in good spirits and are speaking English well. Martha is noted as having a difficult time knowing how to cook and that until they got some new potatoes she had been relying on bread and coffee, though Anthes emphasizes that they're still better off than many others. He provides updates about the prices for various crop yields explaining that the buyers are still figuring out how things should work and that he'll rely on credit if need be to get by. Martin and Catherine are also provided updates about the building Jacob is working that is described as 42x50 with arched windows and a small tower. He concludes by noting the help of S. Eby and Mr. Gilger before asking asking Wolf is getting along.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Autumn apples

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine Anthes. He begins by saying that he's feeling healthier and that the fall weather has been beautiful. After mentioning a visit by Wagenast and his wife, and fish sent with them as gifts, he provides suggestions for transporting and selling apples, sharing that he's pleased with the barrel yielded from his garden.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Fatal accident

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. Anthes begins by sharing that the family has returned home safely but that he's still having bouts of illness, though less severe than before. In addition to updates about preaching activities, he tells of the death of Thede, who succumbed to injuries suffered being run over by an oxen-driven wagon. He concludes by sharing news of the summer harvest, indicating that several families will be struggling to make ends meet due to mildew drying up the wheat crops.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Religious fervour and financial worries

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. Anthes begins by praising their recent letter and health, wishing God's peace upon them. He shares that he is "am more firmly determined than ever before to lay myself totally on the altar of God." He also notes that his health is better and that attendance at a recent assembly was sparse. Anthes comments about the family's tight financial situation and sends well wishes to family and friends. In an addendum he asks his parents to make arrangement for payments and accounts receivable explaining that his income from the Mission only covers a quarter of the family's expenses and that winter will be hard.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Several Mennonites converted

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine in which he shares news of recent conversions and how he's been fairing after falling and being ordered by the doctor to take a break from preaching. Includes message from S. Ewald at end of letter sending the Anthes blessings and well wishes.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Ewald and Anthes letters

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. Includes message from Daniel Ewald. Ewald reports about the success of assemblies, making mention of people seeking blessings and families who have converted including the Davids, the Cress', the Beckers, the Schneiders, Büschlens, Deuners and Detweilers. He comments about the good work of Brother Moyer, Brother Jacob, and Brother S. Eby. Before signing off he shares that his wife recently gave birth to a daughter and that he will be travelling to Cleveland.

Anthes' shares that he is one again in good health and that the doctor said he'd "improved beyond all expectations". He notes however that he has to be careful and can't preach, but that he has led a prayer assembly and has occasionally given the Invitation. He gives thanks to the prayer of his Brothers and Sisters in Christ as the reason for his recovery. Anthes also offers updates about various families and people including the Schwedenborgians, Brother M. Weber, Brother Mayer and Brother Umbach. He asks that his parents pass on well wishes to Brother Meyer, J. Wolfs, the Anthes, the Meyers and "all the Brothers and Sisters."

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Toothache

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine in which he mentions having had head- and toothaches for the past week. He comments about the burial of Mrs. Hilbert and a trip in heavy snow to Bruce, as well as plans to preach further north for several weeks. Anthes shares news of the Steuernagels, who travelled for Assembly and had previously met Martin. He concludes by saying he's written to J. Wolf about property and noting how busy the summer harvest will be.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

New assignment

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. Anthes shares that the family is in good health and that he his back to preaching and visiting people. He makes note of the "self-destructive" efforts of a Baptist preacher and comments about the number of preachers that have passed through Port Elgin. He shares that the quarter-year assembly was a success making note of the contributions of Brother Umbach and Brother Büsh, and warns his parents that he won't be able to visit over the summer due to plans to spend several weeks preaching in the north part of Mission. The remainder of the letter consists of questions about the wheat crop and Jacob, along with additional updates about his work and that of Brother Eby. He concludes with well wishes to family and friends, and shares that Martha Magdalena "is really growing, is chubby and cheerful and has now started to slide about"

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Request for a loan

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine regarding a loan to Brother Büsch dependent on the receipt of money from Uncle Georg Schmitd following the sale of wheat. Includes well wishes to his parents and a question about the cost and potential sale of oats.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Sebringville letter

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine that begins with an update about a blessed assembly and extended meeting at Brother Bittner's. He shares that his wife Magdalena has been unwell for some time, but remains cheerful, and notes that he wants to fetch Katharina Weber to server her. He also shares that Magdalena David, currently in Berlin, is expected in the next week. He concludes by asking that Heinrich be told to come to Sebringville to wed and that J. Wolf be advised to hold off selling half the wheat.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Religious rivalry

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine. Anthes shares that the family is healthy and that a snowstorm blocked most of the streets just as an assembly was getting underway. He makes reference to preaching done by Reverend Mr. Behr and Wissmor in the Mennonite assembly and the desire of S. Eby to hold an extended assembly in Brant. He also comments about Brother Anthes being publicly expelled by E. Eby and that "Old Satan also did damage among our people with a trifle.." The letter concludes with a request to extend warm greetings to his uncle.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Theobald Anthes letter

Letter from Theobald Anthes, writing from Oberseebach, to Martin Anthes. The letter is addressed to "[m]y dear brother and friends," begins with a confession that he is not doing as well financially he has heard the Anthes are but thanks the Lord for his health. He comments on the death of his sister Eva and the struggle of running the farm with is daughter at his age. Anthes shares news of a visit from Caspar Edighoffer from Buffalo. The updates conclude with news of people in good health and those who have died.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Death and a burial

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine, regarding the death and burial of Brother J. Kastner.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Plans for a visit

Letter from Jacob Anthes to his parents, Martin and Catharine letting the know he won't be able to visit until the end of the following week. He asks for them to keep him aside apples and grapes, as well as about the plans of someone named Schorsch.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Rieder, Sam.

Head and shoulders studio portrait of Sam Reider seen looking off camera.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Soapine advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Soapine by Kendall Manufacturing Company of Providence Rhode Island and illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a woman from behind dusting figurines that spell out Soapine on a mantel piece. Verso reads "Cleanliness in the house, laundry, kitchen and workshop is best secured by the use of Soapine. All wise people continue to use it after one trial. Kendall Mfg. Co. Established 1827. Providence, R.I."

French Laundry and Soapine advertisement

French Laundry and Soapine advertisement trade card illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a young woman standing in a frame holding a washing board and a box of soap. The frame is held up on either side by two young men standing on upside down washing buckets that read Soapine. "Verso reads ""French Laundry is the best soap ever made for all purposes. It is the oldest popular soap, having outlived all its rivals. It has won its way into public favor solely on its merits, and thousands of families who are now using it would not be without it. One trial with convince you. Soapine is the best article known for the laundry and general household use. Use no soap, sal soda, borax, washing crystals or other preparations with it. For washing dishes, glassware, silverware, milk cans, dairy utensils, windows, marble, paint or oil cloth, and house cleaning, use Soapine. Kendall Mfg. Co. Established 1827 Providence, R.I."""

Soapine advertisement

Soapine advertisement illustrated by Charlotte Perkins Gilman showing a woman hanging laundry out from a wash basket. The laundry on the line spells out "Soapine." Verso reads "Soapine the great dirt killer, will remove dirt of all descriptions! Without injury to hands or fabric. Kendall Mfg. Co. established 1827 Providence, R.I."

Unidentified adult.

Head and torso studio portrait of unidentified adult seated with right hand on thigh and left arm propped on table at side.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Prayer book

Item is a prayer book, possibly dates back to the late 1800s. The front page contains the motto, "God is the purest love, my prayer, and my way of thinking". Contents of the book include morning prayers, evening prayers, confession prayers, communion prayers, etc. The book also contains a coloured illustrations drawn by hand in ink and watercolour.

Mt. Penn Stove Works advertisement

Advertisement trade card for Mt. Penn Stove Works featuring decorative floral illustration surrounding a woman cooking on a range with a caption reading "a complete kitchen always contains a pretty cook and a Penn Esther range." A large line of sizes and a great variety of styles. For sale by G.W. Rinesmith & Sons 114 North Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA. Made by Mt. Penn Stove Works, Reading, Pa."

Litchfield Steam Laundry letterhead

Correspondence from Litchfield Steam Laundry of Litchfield, Illinois. The letterhead shows women at work in the laundry engaged in tasks such as using washing drums, pressing, and folding clothes. The letter reads "...from 40 to 69 lbs. Also, the water is clear now to what is was one month ago. It is also a compound which if you would let stand one month no settling would be acceptable. But hoping you have a machine which can master it. [illegible] yours truly, Hugh Snell"

David's Prize Soap

David's Prize Soap advertisement trade card showing a vital looking woman washing laundry in a washing bucket with David's Prize Soap while a young girl looks in. Looking in through the door way is a sallow looking older woman. The caption reads "Get David's Prize Soap if you want to avoid hard labor and save your health and strength in washing besides you may get a small fortune as a prize into the bargain." "Verso explains that prizes can be won by purchasing David's Prize Soap, including 2 grand pianos."

Universal Clothes Wringer advertisement

Universal Clothes Wringer puzzle advertisement showing a young woman using a clothes wringer while a man looks in from the window. When the advertisement is held up to the light you can see that the man is looking in with a gun while the young woman leans in to kiss a young man and an older woman comes towards them brandishing a broom. As well, a caption on the advertisement becomes clear which reads "Buy the universal clothes wringer."

Lenox Soap advertisement

Die cut Lenox Soap advertisement showing a woman standing next to a washing tub with a large pile of soap suds coming out of it. The advertisement reads "Lenox Soap. Lather from 1 oz in hard water. Lathers freely in hard water."

Soapona advertisement

Soapona trade card advertisement featuring an elephant looking on while two women hang laundry on a line. Verso reads "Saves times, expense and labor. Makes hard water soft. Does not injure the hands or clothes. Makes linen perfectly white. Is a great disinfectant. Each package contains a set of handsome picture cards. Manufactured only by R.W. Bell & Co. 77 to 89 Washington St., and 8 to 20 Beaver St., Buffalo, N.Y."

Fogel, Angeline.

Head and shoulders studio portrait of Angeline Fogel seen looking off camera. She is wearing a lace collard top and a [charm?] choker.

Schantz Russell Family

L. I. Fisk & Co. Soaps pamphlet

Pamphlet advertising L.I. Fisk & Co's Soaps. The cover shows three women washing and hanging out clothes with the caption "The suds is like velvet, I never used a soap like it. The water is settled and I find no grit in the tub. We never had such clothes they are whiter at every washing. L.I. Fisk & Co,'s Soaps for sale by all grocers who look to the interests of their customers by buying pure goods." The interior describes the qualities of the soap and gives examples of clothes washed in their soap and with others. The back cover shows a young woman and a caricature of a Japanese man holding a scroll which reads "All soaps bearing our name are warranted free from any of the many adulterations the best for economy, purity, cleanliness and washing quality of any in the world. L.I. Fisk and Co., Springfield, Mass." There are also testimonials on the back cover which read "It has cured my chapped hands. I'll use no other and keep them so. It is a delight to all in the bath. It is so soft and clean."

Sweeperette advertisement

Die cut card showing five women behind a fence with a caption reading "The look well on the fence! Much better on the other side. This road leads to success used by the million." The verso shows the backs of the women, each of whom are holding a Sweeperette sweeper. Verso reads "always in the push our Sweeperette. Sweeperette Company 76 5th Ave. New York Grand Rapids, Mich."

David's Prize Soap

David's Prize Soap advertisement trade card showing an older woman standing at a washing bucket with a bar of David's Soap while two young women play the piano in another room. It reads "All got by using David's Prize Soap besides the excellent washing it does" as well as a caption under the women at the piano which reads "The prize pianoforte." Verso outlines details regarding incentives to try David's Prize products where users can exchange product wrappers for tickets that can be put toward a list of presents.

Sims, Rella May to Harvey J. Sims.

Waterloo: letter addressed to Harvey in Forest, relaying all the family news, describing their mother's reaction to a newspaper report that Harvey had almost drowned (includes envelope).

Sims family

James Pyle's Perline Washing Compound advertisement

Advertisement featuring illustration of young girl holding a dust pan, broom and bucket with a box of James Pyle's Pearline Washing Compound in it titled "My Busy Day." Verso reads "James Pyle's Pearline washing compound the great invention for saving toil & expense without injury to the texture, color, or hands. New York. Front of every package of Pearline should look exactly like this cut, or it is an imitation. Don't use an imitation of anything, much less an imitation of Pyle's Pearline. Peddlers and some unscrupulous grocers will tell you the stuff they offer is "Pearline," "same as Pearline," "or as good as Pearline." IT'S FALSE; Pearline is the Original Washing Compount - has no rival - no equal - never peddled - gives no prizes - but stands on the foundation on which it was reared – MERIT."

Anthes Manufacturing Company : employees under factory sign.

Mounted photograph of employees standing in a row, posed for the camera, at the side front of the Anthes Manufacturing Company building under a painted sign that reads: "The Anthes Mfg. Co. of Berlin. Limited." J.I. Frank Anthes is visible standing in a doorway behind the employees at right.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Rieder, Christian.

Head and body studio portrait of Christian Rieder seen looking off camera with right hand on back of arm chair.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

Hall, Jennie.

Head and shoulder studio portrait of Jennie Hall seen looking at camera and wearing a high-collar top with leg of mutton sleeves.

Rieder, Talmon and Anthes family

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