The Virtual Museum of Mennonite Clocks

Meet A Maker

Arthur Kroeger at age fourteen, 1936. Background image: Kroeger Clock and Motor Works factory, ca. 1910.

Arthur Kroeger (1922–2015) was a creative man. He collected and preserved knowledge, and by doing so connected people and communities around the world.


In this kindergarten photo, taken c. 1927, in Rosenthal, Arthur is seated on the far left, wearing a sailor-style outfit. Background image: Kroeger clock tower of the Chortitza Zentralschule.

Arthur was raised in the village of Rosenthal, what is now known as Verkhnaya Kortitsa, in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. There, he enjoyed playing with his siblings and cousins who lived in the same community.