Fonds CMBS Personal Papers: Voth - Heinrich H. Voth (1851-1918) fonds

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Heinrich H. Voth (1851-1918) fonds

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CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers: Voth

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  • 1879-1920 (Creation)

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Heinrich H. Voth, son of Heinrich and Helena Fast Voth, was born in the village of Gnadenheim in the Molotschna, South Russia. He married Sarah Kornelsen in 1873, and the couple had nine children, the eldest of which was Heinrich S. Voth (1878-1953). Voth taught school at Klippenfeld for two years where he had a deep religious experience and a remarkable revival took place in the school. In 1876, Voth and his wife emigrated to America, establishing a farm near Bingham Lake, Minnesota. Voth joined the M.B. Church in 1877 where he led Sunday school, was elected to the ministry and was ordained elder in 1855. He served as minister and pastor of the Mountain Lake M.B. Church for 40 years. During this time the congregation grew into one of the largest and most influential of the M.B. churches in North America. The Mountain Lake M.B. Church was actually an outgrowth of the Carson M.B. Church, organized in 1877; Voth pastored both churches. Elder Voth was active in the Mennonite Brethren Conference in many ways, attending every general conference from its beginning until his death. He traveled as an evangelist and as an itinerating preacher, holding meetings in all of the M.B. churches. He had a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures and gave valuable Bible addresses. He served the M.B. General Conference on various committees; he was chairman of the Board of Foreign Missions from 1909 to 1918. He served as moderator of the General Conference for 14 years and as moderator of the Central District Conference for 15 years. In March 1918, the Voths moved to Vanderhuf, B.C., where he died November 16, 1918. Interment was at Winkler, Manitoba. -Taken from the Mennonite Encyclopedia.

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This fonds came to CMBS at various times. In 1978, Bernard and Sara Klippenstein donated eleven personal letters between Voth and Johann Warkentin, early church leader at Winkler, Manitoba. In 1879, Esther Enns donated Voth's sermon notes and Ella Voth Guderian donated Voth's letters to David Dyck, his notebooks and ledgers, and his artifacts, some of which are in the CMBS display cabinet.

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The Heinrich H. Voth fonds consists of original and photocopied letters and documents relating to the itinerant ministry and the origins of the M.B. churches at Winkler, Manitoba and Mountain Lake, Minnesota, and the General Conference. Since Voth was on the Board of Foreign Missions, the fonds contains letters from early missionaries. The fonds also contains sermons and genealogical material. Most of the documents are in the German Gothic script.

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Accession numbers are June 6, 1978 (no number for this accession), 1979-2, and 1979-13.

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