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Jack Wiebe Family History
1Jack Wiebe Family History
Former Senator Jack Wiebe is a third generation Herbert citizen.
3A copy of the passport of Jack Wiebe's great grandfather who immigrated from Russia to Kansas, USA in 1874.
7Photo of Jack Wiebe's great-grandfather, Jacob A. Wiebe, the man from Mennonite Russia who immigrated to USA in 1874.
9Jacob A. Wiebe's son, John F.D. Wiebe, moved with his family to Herbert, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1905.
11John F. D. Wiebe became Herbert's first mayor when the Town was formed in 1912.
14The John F.D. Wiebe family home in Herbert in the early part of the 1900's.
16from several sources-
In 1925 the H.M. Klassen home that had been converted to Herbert's first hospital burned down and the John F.D. Wiebe home became the hospital. Both of these first hospitals were private hospitals. During the 1930's the need for a community hospital was evident and the John Funk residence was purchased and was the community hospital until 1959.
In 1933 Tom Holmes built a home on the foundation of the H.M. Klassen home/Hospital in the style of a miniature castle, to resemble the architecture he had known as a boy in England.
18from a writing by Olga M. (Jahnke) Wiebe
"Four months after I married Herbert Wiebe he became mayor of Herbert. I was only twenty-two years old and he was mayor all but one year of our married life. ...
During the dirty thirties the town council experienced many difficulties. Their meetings were often long and the work arduous. This meant I was alone a lot. In 1939 the Second World War broke out and my husband became a lieutenant officer in the Herbert reserve army. This activity created more hours away from home."
20Olga (Jahnke) Wiebe's parents - Cornelius Jahnkes were also early settlers in Herbert area.
The Jahnkes are Jack Wiebe's maternal grandparents.
22Herb Wiebe, Jack Wiebe's father, was elected Mayor of Herbert in 1928 and he was Mayor until 1954.
24An article in the Southwest Section newspaper out of Moose Jaw on Saturday, October 24, 1953 details much of the progress of Herbert and the accomplishments under the many years of Herb Wiebe's tenure as mayor.
27The newspaper article in Southwest Section on October 24, 1953 ...
"Impressive though the story of the British diplomat may be, it somehow seems to fall short of the inspiring story of a young prarie real estate agent who travelled the world, came back to his home town and became mayor -- for 28 years.
If future generations of Herbertans want to think the town was named after Herbert Wiebe, who would deny it?"
31Jack Wiebe, son of Herb Wiebe, former Mayor of Herbert, grandson of John F.D. Wiebe, first Mayor of Herbert, served as Lieutenant Governor of Province of Saskatchewan from May 31, 1994 to February 16, 2000.
From April 6, 2000 to January 31, 2004 he served as a Senator in Government of Canada, Ottawa.
He and his wife have retired to Swift Current, Saskatchewan, 30 miles from Herbert. They are still members of the Herbert United Church.
32End of Jack Wiebe Family History -- a family with an impressive legacy to the community of Herbert.
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