Fonds CMBS Personal Papers: Voth; Photographs: NP16-1 and NP32-1 and 2; Tapes: NA-01-174. - Heinrich S. Voth (1878-1953) fonds

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Heinrich S. Voth (1878-1953) fonds

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CA CMBS CMBS Personal Papers: Voth; Photographs: NP16-1 and NP32-1 and 2; Tapes: NA-01-174.

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  • 1875-1957 (Creation)

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55 cm textual records
86 photographs
2 tapes.

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Heinrich S. Voth of Winkler, Manitoba, pioneer minister and evangelist of the Mennonite Brethren Church, was born on January 28, 1878, at Bingham Lake, Minnesota, son of Aeltester Heinrich Voth (1851-1918) and Sara (nee Kornelson) Voth. He attended the Mountain Lake, Minnesota public and high school and later McPherson College in Kansas. In 1902, Voth was called to be the Conference evangelist in Canada and the United States. He married Susanna Warkentin in 1904; six children were born to them. He was ordained into the ministry in 1907 and for many years was a full-time evangelist. From 1908 to 1915, he held pastorates in the Mennonite Brethren churches at Dallas, and at Portland, Oregon. In 1919, he became the pastor of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church where he remained until his retirement in 1950. He was always interested in missions and in training young people. For many years Voth was the chairman of the General Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church and also the Canadian Conference. For a number of years he was a member of the Foreign Mission Board of the Mennonite Brethren Conference and an officer of this board. He also served on the Education Committee of the General Conference and the local Bible School. Heinrich S. Voth died on October 25, 1953.

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Original papers, books, photographs, and pictures belonging to Heinrich S. Voth fonds were donated by Esther Enns (daughter) in October, 1979. Diaries, certificates, photographs, and letters were donated by Sarah Klippenstein (daughter) in December, 1979 and in August, 1980. In January, 1981 Sara Klippenstein donated rare books from Voth's library, some of which were sent to South America. In November, 1981, Klippenstein donated more photographs and she donated more books in October 1983.

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The Heinrich S. Voth fonds consists of sermons and sermon notes, predominantly in the German Gothic script. Most are undated, but they are likely sermons he preached as pastor of the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church. Some General Conference and Canadian Conference papers, especially relating to the Board of Foreign Missions, are in this collection, mostly received by Voth in his role on conference committees. This fonds also holds many books from Voth's library, as well as some personal papers such as diaries, certificates, and letters. The tapes, found in the CMBS tape collection, are of funerals conducted by Voth. The photographs are of H.S. Voth's church and school days in the late 19th and early twentieth century. Also included are photographs of missionaries, family, and friends.

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Accession numbers are 1979-1, 1979-15, 1979-16, 1980-41, 1981-2, 1981-81, 1983-17.

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Much German.

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