John and Minnie Neithal

Miss Alma Neithal and Alexander Soop, Big Valley, 1925 John and Minnie Neithal, along with their three children (Pauline, Martin, and Mary), left Estonia in about 1902 and settled outside Sylvan Lake. After a short time they moved to the Estonian community south of Stettler. They homesteaded here for many years and had four more children: Thelma, Charlie, Alma, and Jessie.

Pauline married Ed Klaus and moved to the Fenn area where they had five children: Amanda, Charles, Ralph, Edna, and Virginia.

Mary and Thelma left Alberta for California. Charlie stayed on and farmed for several years before moving to Washington, where he eventually married.

Alma and Jessie became school teachers. Alma married a Mr. Martin and had two sons; Jessie married and did not have children.

Martin left home when he was young and held various jobs before returning home. He acquired more land and farmed for many years. He never married, and he sold the farm in 1947.

Alberta's Estonian Heritage