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and Rosenort. In Blumenort, however, some residents of the village purchased one of the village farmyards, disposed of most of the other buildings and part of the lot but converted the residence (house) to a church building and made it available for church services to the various denominations of Mennonites represented in the village. The Russ­ laender, being a majority in the village at the time, usually held Sunday morning services there. Wishing to maintain a small intimate at­ mosphere and keep the congregations culturally homogenous, only Mennonites recently arrived from Russia were initially accepted.

Thus, Mennonite emigration to Mexico and immigration from Russia in the 1920's transformed some of the economic and social dynamics in the'R.M. of Rhineland. These changes, along with the technological innovations of the 1920's, altered the way of life in Rhineland.

The telephone coming to Altona 1904-05. Abram A. Thiessen is the mule driver.

Credit: A. J. Thiessen

Technology and the World we have Lost

The proliferation ofthe automobile, tractor, telephone, movies and radio in the 1920's produced a technological transformation in rural Canada. Travelling through rural Manitoba before the war one would have seen farms worked by large teams of horses, farm homes lit with coal oil lamps and farmers travelling to town in a buckboard. By the end of the decade following the war the picture had changed. Although