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Waiting for a train in Rosenfeld.

Credit: W. J. Kehler

By the end of the 1930's the Mennonite Church was still a strong influence in the municipality, but it had largely withdrawn from most economic activities and no longer exercised the degree of social control that it had in the past. The passing of the Church's dominance in socio­ economic matters, however, did not herald the rise of individualistic capitalism; rather it was superceded by a secular co-operative ethic of community self-help and growth. As will be seen later, even private businesses in the municipality paid at least lip service to the co­ operative ethic.

Fast and Thiessen Business in Rosenfeld -1937.

Credit: A. J. Thiessen