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Altona Hockey Team 1920's. Left to Right Diedrich H. Loewen, Ben Hamm, Peter N. Friesen, John N. Friesen, Henry H. Epp, John Fehr, Jake H. Penner, David K. Friesen, Alf Loewen, David J. Harder, Eddie Epp.

Credit: W. J. Kehler

Mel Hockey Team in the 1930's.

Credit: CMCA

The depression years witnessed an upswing in recreational activity in Rhineland due in part to the poor economic situation. Since people had a great deal of time on their hands and not much money to spend, sports were a natural outlet. The growing popularity of sports in Rhineland'< Mennonite villages, however, was also due to the lessening of church control in those villages which had experienced significant