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Brost, Bryan Family Photograph Collection

Medicine Hat, Alberta

When I was quite young I remember looking through my grandparent’s photo album and photos displayed on the wall as they informed me who every person was. How unfortunate it is that these identities were never recorded on the back sides.

This collection of photographs is associated with the life and marriage of my grandparents, Daniel and Martha Maria (nee Kalmbach) Brost.



Photo Collection of Bryan Brost
The Life of Daniel and Martha Maria (Kalmbach) Brost
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Bryan Brost Collection:

Martha, Bryan, Daniel.
Daniel Bross/Brost born 17 May 1892 Alt Posttal. Back is illustrated and printed in Russian.
Martha Maria Kalmbach born 1 January 1894 Alt Postal (lower left) with brother Adam (?) and sister Ida Louise (?).
Backside note in old handwritten script of photo 3.
Top standing left to right: Unknown, Wilhelm Heller, Daniel Brost, Unknown.
Daniel and Martha Maria (Kalmbach) Brost family of Seven Persons, Alberta. Left to right: Daniel, Martha, Hugho, Daniel, David.
Christian and Christina (Heller) Brost family of Walsh, Alberta. Children Oscar, Christina, Lydia, Hilda. Son David not yet born. Photographer: Geo. N. Bartlett, Medicine Hat.
Christina and Christina (Heller) Brost.
David and Christina (Vossler) Brost family of Walsh, Alberta. Children: Ida, Fred, Elma, Olga.
Unknown family, “Mutter Bross” written on back which may refer to Anna Maria (Irion) Bross born 22 September 1852, died 6 December 1922 Alt Posttal.
Kalmbach funeral including my grandmother Martha which I believe is of her mother Katharina (Widmer) born 11 January 1858 died 22 June 1911 buried 24 June 1911, all in Alt Posttal. Standing by Katharina’s head is who I believe to be Adam Kalmbach born 16 September 1854, died 25 November 1930, all in Alt Posttal. Numerous unnamed family members are in the picture. Martha is on the bottom row, third lady from the right.
Funeral of bearded man, unknown, of the Friedrich Bross family, perhaps of Friedrich Bross himself, who was born 13 November 1840 died 15 August 1910. Daniel Brost is in the centre of the picture. “Mahria Bross” is written on the back of the picture.
Funeral picture of the same bearded man alone in coffin.
Friedrich Bross had been an oberschulz (district mayor) whose picture is in Herbert Gaeckle’s Heimatbuch Alt Posttal on page 230. I have seen the original picture many years ago in my grandparent’s photo album of which the picture is now in the possession of one of my cousins.
Two unknown boys.
Albert Kalmbach born 21 October 1900 in Alt Posttal and Hilda Krause born 29 July 1907 in Alt Posttal. Married 9 February 1927 Tarutino.
“Fotograf B. Leventul, Tarutino, Bessarabia” printed on the back.
Unknown wedding couple.
“Fotograf B. Leventul, Tarutino, Bessarabia” printed on the back.
Unknown wedding couple.
Adam Kalmbach born 10 April 1892 in Alt Posttal and Maria Schlenker born 5 March 1899 in Alt Posttal. Married 3 February 1921 in Tarutino.
Leopold Kalmbach born 29 August 1898 in Alt Posttal and Maria Pueschel born 6 October 1903 in Alt Posttal. Married 8 February 1923 in Tarutino.
Leopold Finkbeiner born 21 September 1897 in Alt Posttal and Ida Louise Kalmbach born 21 January 1896 in Alt Posttal. Married 8 February 1923 in Tarutino.
Two young soldiers unidentified, may be Adam Kalmbach born 10 April 1892 Alt Posttal and Leopold Kalmbach born 29 August 1898 Alt Posttal.
Young woman, may be Kalmbach, back is printed in Russian in Tarutino.
Unknown soldier.
Unknown family, “Adam and Katharina Kalmbach” noted on back in Old German. Photo courtesy of Connie (Brost) Cash.
Martha Maria (Bross) Krause, born 23 May 1885 in Alt Posttal, died 24 August 1964 Wuerttemberg, Germany. Photo courtesy of Ewald Kalmbach.
Friedrich Bross Jr. with wife Barbara (Jauch) and adopted daughter Rosina (born Albrecht). Friedrich was born 30 June 1861 in Alt Posttal and died 11 April 1940 in Alt Posttal. Barbara was born 5 February 1863 in Alt Posttal and died 9 September 1918 in Alt Posttal.
Farmer, Natural Healer, Animal Doctor
Emigrated in 1893 from Alt Posttal to Kulm, North Dakota.
In 1905 moved to Irvine, Alberta.
In 1913 went back to Alt Posttal.
Kalmbach brothers? Photo courtesy of Connie (Brost) Cash.
Unknown soldiers. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Bessarabian Musicians. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Left to right: Unknown, unknown, Daniel Brost.
Unknown young man. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown wedding couple. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown wedding couple. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown wedding couple. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown wedding couple. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown man. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown soldier. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.
Unknown boy. Photo courtesy Vonda (Brost) Moreau.

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Brost Kalmbach Old Photos :

   

   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Daniel Bross 1929 Romanian Passport:

 

German and Russian money which came overseas with Daniel and Martha Maria (Kalmbach) Brost during 1929 immigration to Canada:

 

Naturalization Certificates :

 

Family record from Daniel Brost’s German Bible “Die Bibel oder die ganze Heilige Schrift des Alten u. Neuen Testaments nach der deutschen Ubersetzung. D. Martin Luthers.

Daniel was a member and elder of the Full Gospel Church at 2480-16 Ave Norwood, Medicine Hat, Alberta.

Included is Daniel’s baptism record.

 

I have an old blanket from Bessarabia which my grandmother had given to me as a protective cover when she sent a large wall picture home with me many years ago. At the time she told me that it had been made by her mother which would be Katharina (nee Widmer) born 11 January 1858. It would therefore pre-date 22 June 1911 when Katharina died. In some family photos I have noticed she used it as a covering for the backrest of her couch. My Dad called it a baby blanket. It is made of woven material measuring about 24 inches wide by about 75 inches long. In colour it is dull green and white in a plaid pattern. One side has a crocheted lace edge sewn by hand onto it. In visiting with Dwayne Janke at the recent Festival for Germans from Russia in Medicine Hat, Dwayne showed me that it was called a “Blacht”. I have a copy of Heimatkalender Der Bessarabiendeutschen 1976 with an article called “Gewinnung und Verarbeitung von Flachs- und Hanf- fasern - eine Bilddokumentation” by Hugo Hafner. On page 110 is a picture of three blankets of which one called a “kinderplacht” has a pattern very similar to the one my grandmother had.

 

Pictures from Connie

 

Charts (Adobe .pdf Downloads)


 

 

 

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