Hiebert and Brown Family:

An Inventory of Their Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by V. Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2013)

Finding aid encoded by V. Zvonik (2013)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Hiebert and Brown Family

Title:
Hiebert and Brown Family fonds

Dates:
1868-2007

Quantity:
1.5 m of textual records; 1010 photographs; 227 negatives and other material

Identification:
Mss 386, Pc 333, Tc 171 (A.12-83)

English

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Biography of Catherine E. Brown (nee Hiebert) and Hiebert-Brown Family

Catherine Brown (nee Hiebert) was born on February 4, 1918 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her grandparents Erdman Penner (1837-1907) and Maria (Van) Eitzen (1840-1900) arrived on the first boat of Mennonite immigrants to southern Manitoba on the International, July 3, 1874. They came from the Chortitza village of the Bergthal colony in southern Russia. Erdman started a merchandise business and opened rafting supplies store along the railway line that was passing through Gretna. He became a mayor of Gretna in (). The family spent winters in Winnipeg. In 1874, Helena Penner, Catherine’s mother was born. In 1880’s family moved to Mountain Lake, Minnesota where Helena continued her schooling. Catherine’s mother Helena Hiebert (nee Penner, 1874-1970) was the first Mennonite woman who graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1899. Helena Penner organized the Modern Language Club (the University Women’s Club) at the University of Manitoba. She is also known as the author of “Granny stories” – a memoir of Mennonite life on the prairies. Helena married Gerhard Hiebert in 1902 and settled in Winnipeg. They had three daughters: Catherine Elizabeth Brown (1918-2013), Gerda Louise Riddoch (1910-1980), and Helen Elfriede (Di) Allen (1908-1982). In 1970, Gerda Riddoch received the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire O.B.E. from the Queen of England.

Catherine’s father Gerhard Hiebert (1868-1934) was a prominent Winnipeg surgeon who became chief surgeon at the Winnipeg General Hospital (1917-1919). Gerhard's parents were also Mennonites from southern Russia who took the Kenilworth ship from Antwerp and arrived in New York on July 17, 1876. They came from Berjansk village near Chortitza village and settled in Mountain Lake, Minnesota.

Catherine Brown graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in 1938. She often travelled to England to visit her sister Elfriede (Di) and her husband John Frank Allen. Catherine was accepted by St. Thomas Hospital in England to study physiotherapy, an unknown field at that time. During the World War II she returned to Canada and married her husband Edward C. Brown. Edward’s grandfather was the Hon. Edward Brown, provincial treasurer of Manitoba (1915-1917). Edward’s father Wallace E. Brown was an original grain merchant for Richardson and Sons, Ltd. (1920's-1960).

Catherine and Edward had three children, Shirley, Peter, and Kenneth. The Hiebert-Brown family archives also include material on Catherine Brown’s famous cousin, Erdman Penner early cartoonist for Walt Disney (1930's-1950's) and Paul Hiebert (1892-1987), the Canadian writer and humorist, who was awarded the Stephen Leacock Medal for his book “Sarah Binks “ (1947) and “Willows Revisited” (1967).

In 2005 Catherine Brown established the Dr. Gerhard Hiebert Memorial Bursary Fund, in memory of her father, at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba. Catherine entrusted the family archives to her daughter Shirley Brown who donated it to the Archives and Special Collections in 2012. The fonds represents stories, experiences and contributions of three generations of Mennonite-Northumberland family, painting a vivid picture of the life in Winnipeg, Manitoba in the first half of the 20th century.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This fonds consists of biographical information on all members of Hiebert-Brown family members, their correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper clippings. There are Paul Hiebert's audio-recordings and a manuscript "Willows Revisited" (1970); Wallace Brown's recollection of Winnipeg General Strike (June 21, 1919); and a Catherine Brown's genealogical research material into Hiebert-Brown family's roots.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into nine series and Photograph and Tape Collections

  • 1. Hiebert Family
  • 2.Paul Hiebert, Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert)
  • 3. Brown Family
  • 4. Correspondence - Hiebert Family
  • 5. Correspondence - Brown Family
  • 6. Edward C. Brown and Catherine E. Brown - Educational Records
  • 7.Scrapbooks - Corrrespondence, Photographs, Newspaper Clippings, Documents
  • 8. Garland Family
  • 9. Artifacts and Oversize Material
  • Books
  • PC 333 (A.12-83) - Hiebert and Penner Family
  • PC 333 (A.12-83) - Brown Family
  • Audio Recordings - TC 171 (A.12-83)

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction on access

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Restrictions on Use

No restriction on use

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Related Materials

Paul Hiebert fonds - Mss 7, Pc86

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Shirley Brown in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Hiebert Family []

(Photographs and documents annotated by Catherine Brown, Shirley Brown, and other members of the Hiebert and Brown Family)

BoxFolder
11-2 "Granny Stories" by Helen Hiebert (nee Penner) - Photocopies, 1964
3 Hiebert Family - Family Tree starting with David Hiebert (1775-1852)

(documents supported by correspondence, 1918-1976)

4 Bargen Family - Correspondence, 1959
5 Gerhard Hiebert (1868-1934) - Biographical Sketch by Catherine Brown; Estate - Old Stock Certificates, 1918-1935
6 Dr. Gerhard Hiebert Memorial Bursary - Correspondence, 2005-2006
7 Gerhard Hiebert - Before Marriage - Correspondence re: Canadian Citizenship, Catherine's handwritten notes, 1868-1902
8 Helen Penner and Gerhard Hiebert's Wedding - Invitation, Marriage License, 1902
9 Helen Penner Family Tree - Helen Penner's Grandparents
10 Erdman and Maria Penner of Gretna, Manitoba, 1858-1874

(photocopies, newspaper clippings)

11 Dr. Erdman Penner - Newspaper Clippings, Obituary, 1960-1970
12 Erdman Penner Junior (Co-writer of Disney picture "Lady and the Tramps"), 1974-1995

(newspaper clippings)

13 Helena Penner - Before marriage, 1874-1902

(includes her drawing book)

14 Helena Hiebert (nee Penner) (1874-1970), 1935-1950
15 Helena Hiebert - University Women's Club, 1940-1954
16 Helena Penner - Cathy Brown (Shirley - grand-daughter), ca. 1960
BoxFolder
21 Helen Hiebert (1874-1970) - Obituaries, Correspondence, 1970
2 Edward Penner Sketch done by his grandson Edward E Penner (Junior)
3 Helen Elfriede Hiebert (1908-1982) - Birth Certificate, Marriage invitation (1933), Newspaper Clippings, 1933-1995
4 John Frank Allen Family
5 Paul Hiebert - Author of "Sarah Birks" - Newspaper Clippings, Notes by Catherine Brown

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Paul Hiebert, Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert)
BoxFolder
26 Paul Hiebert - Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, 1945-1998
7 Eric Donkin in "Sarah Binks" - Newspaper Clippings, 1980
8 "Sarah Binks" - Program, The Piggery Theatre, 1980
9 Paul Hiebert - CBC - "Willows Revisited", 1970's
10 Peter Gzonski - CBC - Notes for Good Friday Broadcast by Paul Hiebert, April 5, 1973
11 Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert) - Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1980
12 Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert) - Correspondence, 1935-1979
13 Purple Trees (Play) - Script, Newspaper Clippings, 1980
14 W.J. Riddoch - Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1969

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Brown Family
BoxFolder
215 Catherine E. Brown (nee Hiebert) - Drawings by Gerda, Stories, 1918-1980 (?)
16 Catherine E. Brown (nee Hiebert) - Biographical Sketch, Birth Certificate, 1918-1939
17 Catherine Hiebert - Gordon Bell School, University of Manitoba, High School Certificate, BA of Science, 1938
18 Edward C. Brown's Booklets, 1924-1925
19 Edward C. Brown - St. John's College - School Reports, 1927-1933
20 Edward C. Brown - University of Manitoba - Courses, Marks, 1933-1937
21 Edward C. Brown - University of Manitoba - Bachelor of Science, 1938

(includes newspaper clippings)

22 Hon. Edward C. Brown’s Bible – Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments. Winnipeg: Russell Lang, Given to him by Douglas Cameron on the occasion of him taking the Office of Provincial Treasurer
BoxFolder
31 Brown and Gold - University of Manitoba, 1938

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Correspondence - Hiebert Family
BoxFolder
32 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1922-1925
3 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1928-1932
4 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1933
5 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1933 - 1934
6 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1934
7 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1935
8 Gerhard Hiebert - Correspondence, 1935-1938

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Correspondence - Brown Family
BoxFolder
39 Wallace E. Brown, 1946
10 Helena Hiebert to Catherine E. Brown (nee Hiebert), 1940-1954
11 Nan Strachan to Catherine Brown, 1940-1954
12 Catherine Brown - Family, 1940's
13 Catherine Brown - Correspondence, 1977-1989
14 Catherine Brown- Correspondence, 1989
15 Catherine Brown - Correspondence, 1999-2001
16 Edward C. Brown - Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings re: Flood at Westerly, Rhone Island, 1938

(includes two books on Rhone Island title waves)

17 Edward C. Brown - Correspondence - Standard Oil Development Company, 1940
18 Edward C. Brown - World War II Letters, War Efforts, 1939-1950
19 Edward C. Brown - Correspondence - Military Service, 1940, 1945

(includes a letter to his wife)

20 Edward C. Brown - Correspondence, 1940-1947
21 Edward C. Brown - Correspondence - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1949-1986

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Edward C. Brown and Catherine E. Brown - Educational Records
BoxFolder
41 Edward Brown - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1938-1939
2 Edward Brown - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Papers, 1938-1939
3 Edward Brown - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Papers, Notes 1940
4 Edward Brown - Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1940
5 Edward Brown - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Thesis, 1940
6 Edward Brown - Military Registration, 1940
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology - President Karl Taylor Compton (1887-1954)
8 Catherine Brown - Physiotherapy - St. Thomas', London, 1939-1942
9-10 Catherine Brown - Physio-Training, Notebooks, 1939-1942
BoxFolder
51 Caterine Brown - Jesus College, Cambridge - Course Notes, 1938-1939
2-3 Catherine Brown - Physio-Training - St. Thomas', London - Manuscript Books, 1939-1942
4 Catherine Brown - Canadian Physiotherapy Associaiton, 1943-1951
5 Lilian Pollard - Founder of the First Canadian University Course in Physiotherapy, Director of Physical Therapy, 1943-1967
6 Catherine Brown - Home Economics, University of Manitoba - Scrapbook, 1937

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Scrapbooks - Corrrespondence, Photographs, Newspaper Clippings, Documents
BoxFolder
57 Catherine Brown (nee Hiebert) - Scrapbook, 1934-1938
BoxFolder
6 Paul Hiebert - Catherine Brown' Scrapbook, 1926-1991
BoxFolder
71 A Wallace and Kathleen Brown (nee Charlton) - Scrapbook, 1912-1939
1 B Wallace Brown - Winnipeg General Strike - Memories of June 21, 1919

(includes 7 photographs)

2 Wallace and Kathleen Brown (nee Charlton) - Scrapbook, 1939-1960
3 Edward C Brown - Scrapbook, 1925-1936
4 Edward Brown - Birth Certificate, 1918
BoxFolder
81 Edward Brown - Baby's book, 1918-1919
2 Aileen Garland and Shirley Brown's Scrapbook, 1947-1983

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Garland Family
BoxFolder
83 Aileen Garland - Family Tree
4 Aileen Garland's Articles, Newspaper Clippings, 1954-1983
5 Huston Family - Family History
6 Aileen Gardland and Shirley Brown - Correspondence, 1948-1993
7 Wallace E. Brown - Old Stock Certificates, 1960
8 Winnipeg Newspapers (3 issues) 1945-1948

  • 1. Winnipeg Free Press, July 17, 1945
  • 2. Winnipeg Free Press, February 8, 1947
  • 3. Winnipeg Citizen, v.1 (1948) no.1

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Artifacts and Oversize Material
BoxFolder
9 Erdhard Penner, Helen Penner, Gerhard Hiebner - Medals and Pins
BoxFolder
10 Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert) - The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire O.B.E.; Medals, Pins 1970
BoxFolder
11 Hon. Edward Brown, Ester Brown - Pins
BoxFolder
12 Wallace and Kathleen Brown - Pins
BoxFolder
13 Edward C. Brown and Catherine Brown - Medals, Pins
BoxFolder
14 Oversize Wallace E. Brown

(located in the map cabinet no.6)

  • BA Toronto, 1916
  • Military Service, 1917
  • Winnipeg Rugby Football Club, 1940

BoxFolder
15 Oversize Artifacts (University banners and other material)

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Books

(Books are located in Rare Book Room at the Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba)

  • Hiebert, Paul, G. Sarah Bink.London-Toronto-New York: Oxford University Press, 1947. – first edition Autographed and dedicated to Catherine Hiebert.
  • Hiebert, Paul, G. Sarah Bink.London-Toronto: Oxford University Press,1958. – fourth impression autographed and dedicated to Catherine Hiebert
  • Lang, A. Tales of Troy and Greece. London-New York-Toronto: Longmans, Green and Co., 1927.
  • Dedicated to E.C. Brown by the Chancellor of St. John’s College School in 1929.
  • Slosson, E.E. Creative Chemistry: descriptive of recent achievements in the chemical industries. London: University of London Press, 1921. Dedicated to E.C. Brown by the Chancellor of St. John’s College School in 1933
  • The Legislative building of Manitoba: the keystone province of the Dominion of Canada. Winnipeg: Stovel Company, Ltd., 1925.
  • Dedicated to Hon. Edward Brown by Thomas W. Leslie in 1926.
  • Gilliat, E. Heroes of the Elizabethan Age. London: Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1927. Dedicated to E. C. Brown by the Chancellor of St. John’s College School in 1930.
  • Mawson, D. The Home of the Blizzard. London: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd, 1931.
  • Dedicated to E. C. Brown by the Chancellor of St. John’s College School, 1931.

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Photograph Collection - PC 333 (A.12-83) - Hiebert and Penner Family
BoxFolder
11 Gerhard Hiebert (1868-1934)
  • 1-2. G. Hiebert, 1930's
  • 3. Five Hiebert Brothers, 1910
  • 4. G. Hiebert at the age of 50
  • 5. Medics - Berlin ?
  • 6. Headingley Farm
  • 7. British Medical Association, 1930
2 Gerhard Hiebert - Montreal, 1901
3 Helen Hiebert (nee Penner) - Before Marriage, 1874-1902
4 Helen Penner and Gerhard Hiebert's Wedding, 1902
5 Helen and Gerhard Hiebert, 1902-1908
6 Helen and Gerhard Hiebert - 420 Edmonton, Children 1902-1920

(includes newspaper clippings)

  • 1. Photo Album - 25 photographs
  • 2. Children
  • 3. Family Photographs

7 Helen and Gerhard Hiebert - Trip to Europe on the ill fated Bavaria, 1905

(includes newspaper clippings)

8 Family Hiebert, 1920
9 Family Hiebert, 1920-1926
10 Family Hiebert, 1926-1930
11 Helen Hiebert (nee Penner) 1874-1970
12 Helen and Gerhard Hiebert - Palmerston Ave., 1930-1934
13 Nathaniel van Eitzen's (nee Penner)
14 Erdman and Maria Penner, 1897
15 Family Penner , Bargens, ca 1880-1890
BoxFolder
21 Gretna, Manitoba, 1960
2 Erdman, Blanche Penner, 1960-1962

(includes obituaries)

3 Erdman Penner (co-writer of Disney picture "Lady and the Trump")
4 Helen Elfriede Hiebert (1908-1982) and John Frank Allen, 1920's - 1930's
5 Gerda Hiebert
6 Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert), 1940's
7-9 Catherine Elizabeth Brown (nee Hiebert)
10 Catherine Hiebert - University of Manitoba, 1930's
11 Cathy and Edward Brown
12 Edward Brown
13 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BoxFolder
31 Aileen Garland
2 Paul Hiebert, 1977 (?)
3 Shirley Brown and brothers - Christmas Photos to Paul Hiebert
4 Paul Hiebert, Dorothy Hiebert, Shirley Brown, 1964
5 Cathy Brown, Erna Kehler, Dorothy and Paul Hiebert - Carman, Manitoba, 1960's

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Photograph Collection - PC 333 (A.12-83) - Brown Family
BoxFolder
36 Hon. Edward Brown - President of the Manitoba Liberal Party, 1890's - 1910, 1930
7 Ester Brown (nee Huston)
8 Ester Brown's Painting (YMCA) - Archie Brown, Constance Brown, 1980's
9 Hon. Edward Brown - Archie, Christina, Wallace, Ester, 1890's-1900's
10 Kathleen Charlton and Wallace E. Brown - University, 1914-1916
11 Kathleen and Wallace E. Brown's Wedding, 1916
12 Kathleen Brown (nee Charlton), 1907-
13 Archie Brown, 1914-1915, 1920
14 Constance and Archie Brown's Wedding, 1920
15 Brown Family - Memories, Photographs - 745 Wellington Cr., 1911-1930's
16 Wallace E. Brown and Kathleen Brown, 1935
17 Wallace E. Brown Family, 1930's-1940's
18 Wallace, Kathleen, Edward, Ester Brown - chartered plane for a weekend trip 1930's
19 Kathleen Brown (nee Charlton), 1940's
20 Wallace E. Brown, 1920
21 Wallace E. Brown - James Richardson & Sons, Ltd., Grain Merchants, Regina, 1930's

(including newspaper clippings re: Richardson Family)

22 Brown Family, 1913-1948
BoxFolder
41 Wallace E. Brown - Family Photographs - Vacations, 1920's-1930's
2 Wallace and Kathleen Brown - Family Photographs, 1920's -1940's
3 Winnipeg Friends of Kathleen and Wallace
4 Wallace Brown's Presentation to Threlfall on behalf of the Bomber Organization, Blue Bombers Officials, 1950's
5 Edward C. Brown (1918- ) - St. John's College, 1925
6 Eward C. Brown
7 Edward C. Brown - Family Photographs, 1925-1932
8 Edward C. Brown, 1933-1937
BoxFolder
5 Oversize Wallace an Kathleen Brown (nee Charlton); University of Toronto (1915), 1915- ca 1940

(includes 5 paintings from W.E. Brown's Art Prints)

10 photographs

BoxFolder
6 Oversize

(3 photographs)

  • Gerda Riddoch (nee Hiebert)
  • Painting by Catherine Brown
  • British Medical Association, Toronto, 1906
  • 10 Pictoral Travel Books - Gerhand Hiebert
BoxFolder
7 Negatives

  • 1. Hon. Edward Brown Family
  • 2. Wallace E. Brown Family
  • 3. Edward C. Brown Family

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Audio Recordings - TC 171 (A.12-83)
BoxFolder
1

  • The Firehouse 5 plus 2 (Good Time Jazz) record - Erdman Penner played Tuba
  • Eric Donkin - Tape 1
  • CBC Paul Hiebert, 1984 - Tape 2.
  • CBC Paul Hieber, 1988 - Tape 3.
  • Paul Hiebert and Gzowski, 1990 - Tape no.4
  • Paul Hiebert and Gzowski, 1995 - Tape no.5
  • CBC Paul Hiebert Dies - Tape no. 6

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