Diedrich Gaeddert fonds

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  • Gaeddert, Diedrich, 1837-1900

    Retrieval numbers: Volume 5014:7

    Title: Diedrich Gaeddert fonds
    Dates: 1871-1879, [198-?]
    Extent: 2 cm of textual records
    Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

    Historical note

    Dietrich Gaeddert was born 2 March 1837 at Alexanderwohl, Molotschna Colony, Russia. He taught school for 11 years in Paulsheim, Rückenau, and Fürstenwerder. On 14 December 1867 he was elected minister of the Alexanderwohl congregation. In 1874 Gaeddert became the leader of a group of Alexanderwohl migrants to America and settled near Inman, Kansas. He organized the Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church and became the congregation's elder in 1876. He served the group until his death. Gaeddert assisted in the founding of Bethel College, and was on the College's board of directors. He also served the Home Mission Committee of the Western District Conference, USA. He died 31 December 1900.

    Scope and content note

    This fonds consists of a translation of a portion of Gaeddert's diary and a description of the Gaeddert fonds at Mennonite Library and Archives, Newton Kansas. The material helps understand life in the Hoffnungsau community.

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  • Gaeddert, Diedrich, 1837-1900

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    Finding aids

    No finding aid available.

    Related material in other repositories

    Diedrich Gaeddert fonds at Mennonite Library and Archives, Newton Kansas.


    Custodial history

    This material was obtained by Lawrence Klippenstein for a researcher. Klippenstein then donated it to the Mennonite Heritage Centre.

    Physical description details

    Described by Conrad Stoesz June 19, 2002

    Restrictions on access

    No restrictions on access.

    Other notes

    Accession number 2002-052