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Schultz, a general merchant; Marcus Long, a private banker; Alexander Smith, a horse dealer who operated a livery.

Mennonites were not excluded from Gretna's business life. Erd­ man Penner was the town's most prominent citizen and became the first mayor of the incorporated village. Jacob Peters built the first steam powered grist mill in 1889 and Johann Wiebe had one of the first lumber businesses in town. Opportunities existed for those Mennonites willing to enter business as Jacob P. Friesen illustrated when he sold his farm and bought the grist mill in Gretna in 1891-92. In 1896 Friesen also bought Pieper's lumberyard."

Jacob P. Friesen and his wife, Gretna. Son of miller Peter Friesen from the village of Friedrichstahl in the Bergthaler Colony in Russia, Jacob Friesen came to Canada in 1874. Farming until 1891 , he then moved to Gretna and bought the Gretna MHI. In 1896 he also bought a lumberyard and eventually his business became known as Jacob P. Friesen and Sons.

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