I've been helping my wife do some research on the Cheslatta comunity, and have learned quite a bit about Jacob J. Petkau. He was one of the leaders of a group of Mennonites from Saskatchewan who were helped to resettle at Cheslatta by the governments of Saskatchewan and British Columbia, and by the Canadian National Railway. Jacob and his family lived at Cheslatta from 1940 until 1964, when they moved to La Crete, Alberta. In Cheslatta, Mrs. Petkau ran the post office, and the building that was used as the community's church and school was on their land. Jacob Petkau was born in 1897 in Manitoba and died in La Crete in 1978. As late as 1989 his wife Aganita (born in Manitoba in 1898) was living in the Altenheim at La Crete, but she has probably passed away since then. If you would like more information on this family, please e-mail me at email@example.com. I hope to hear from you.
Marshall E. Bowen
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