Daniel Peter Enns was the son of Peter and Katharina Toews Enns. He was born at Wasserreich, Don Province, Russia on 17 July 1877 and immigrated to Canada in July 1924, where he died on 4 June 1946. He was married to Katharina Janzen 6 May 1907, at Gnadenfeld, Taurida, Russia. They had three children: Alice, Anna, and Theodore. He attended the teacher-training school at Halbstadt, Taurida, 1894-96, and the Commercial Institute at St. Petersburg, 1911-13. He obtained his high-school teacher's certificate at Simferopol in 1907 and his commercial teacher's degree at St. Petersburg in 1913. He was baptized in 1897 at the Halbstadt Mennonite Church, and was elected to the ministry in the Alexanderkrone congregation in 1916, but did not accept the office.
During his career he served in the following offices: chairperson, Mennonite Teacher's District Conference, Schönau, Taurida, Russia, 1896-1906; chairperson, Mennonite Teacher's Conference, Davlekanovo, Ufa, Russia, 1909-11; chairperson, Electoral District, Alexanderkrone, 1917; member of Molotschna Teachers' Association, 1917-19; member of Molotschna Mennonite Board of Education, 1917-19; member of Central Bureau, All Russian Mennonite Organization, 1919; chairperson, Sanitation District Committee, Seven Villages, 1922; chairperson, Ontario Mennonite Immigrant Committee, 1924; member of Central Mennonite Immigrant Committee of Canada, 1925-34, and secretary 1925-27; secretary, Board of Directors, German-English Academy at Rosthern, Saskatchewan, 1931-36; and chairperson, German Cultural Society, Rosthern, 1933-36.
Daniel taught in Mennonite schools in Russia for 28 years. He was founder of Landwirtschaftliche Schule at Gnadenfeld in 1922; member of the original Studienkommission (Commission for the study of possibilities for mass emigration); at Rosthern accountant of the Canadian Mennonite Board of Colonization, 1924-26, and secretary-treasurer of the same, 1926-46.
During his years of residence in Russia he held the following positions as teacher: elementary school teacher, Schönau, Molotschna, 1896-1906; high-school teacher, Spat, Crimea, 1906-9; high-school teacher, Davlekanovo, Ufa, 1909-11; private teacher-student St. Petersburg, 1911-13; commercial school teacher, Alexanderkrone, Molotschna, 1913-22; principal-inspector, Commercial School, Alexanderkrone, 1920-22; high-school teacher, Gnadenfeld, Molotschna, 1922-23; principal, Agro. School, high school and elementary school, Gnadenfeld, 1923-24.
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