Hist. Mss. 1-429
A.) Blough, 1855-1936
Minister in Johnstown
District of Allegheny Mennonite
1 Box (Green)
Scope and Content
papers reflect the pastoral ministry of L. A. Blough in the Johnstown
of the Southwest Mennonite Conference, 1890-1936. The conference has
as the Allegheny Mennonite Conference since 1954. This district
Blough, Thomas, Stahl and Weaver congregations found in the Somerset
and Cambria Counties,
Pennsylvania. Later they came to include the Kaufman and
Grove churches as well.
papers consist of membership records, 1890-1904; records of marriages
funerals, 1890-1934; sermon outlines; and additional items such as the
photograph of a Wingard reunion. Blough
was ordained to the ministry by J. N. Durr on December 7, 1890, at
(Page 222 of History*). Jonas Blauch
(1830-1906) was bishop over this district during this area, 1862-1906.
Blough-Levi A. Blough was born June 17, 1855; died
1936; aged 80 y. 6 m. 22 d. He was married to Lavina Thomas Dec. 31,
died Dec. 14, 1879. To this union was born one son who died in infancy.
2, 1881, he was united in marriage to Annie Wingard, who died Feb. 14,
Surviving are the following children: Polly, wife of Ed Thomas; Sue,
wife of S.
K. Eash; Katie, wife of Homer Baer; Margaret, wife of Lawrence Speigle;
wife of John Showalter;
of Clarence Collins. Wesley, Sally, Bertha, and Annie Ruth preceded him
grave. He is also survived by one brother (Jacob A. Blough).
united with the Mennonite
about sixty years
ago. In 1890 he was ordained to the ministry, in which he served
until his death. He was a loyal defender of the faith, ruled his people
love, and held the esteem and good will of all people as far as he was
His voice will be missed in his home congregation and in the
Conference where he served so faithfully and well. The whole Church was
field of his interest and prayers.
services were held Jan. 11 at the home of Homer Baer and at Blough Mennonite Church,
in charge of A.
J. Metzler, assisted by J. A. Ressler, James Saylor, S. G. Shetler, and
C. Blough. Text, Jno. 4 :37, 38. Buried in cemetery near by.
found in the Gospel Herald,
February 6, 1936 - Vol. XXVIII, No.45 -
page 958, 959. Web site:
for history of area include *History [Minutes 1876-1923] of
the Southwestern Pennsylvania
Conference (1923); "Southwestern Pennsylvania Mennonite
Conference," Mennonite Encyclopedia
(1959); and Two Centuries of Struggle and
Growth, 1763-1963, by Sanford
G. Shetler (1963).
papers had been passed down to a daughter of Levi A. Blough, Mrs. John
Showalter, and then deposited into the archives by a granddaughter,
Bauer, Goshen, Indiana, via Curator Nelson Springer, Mennonite
Library, Goshen College, in 1972 (Accession #2208).
The membership records of Johnstown
area churches were deposited
by Ron Collins, Goshen,
in 1983 (Accession #4005).
there are also three letters of Levi Blough in the J. N. Durr
Mss. 1-203, Box
File entitled "Correspondence, A-Z") found at the Archives.
Box 1 (Green)
Membership Records, 1890-1904, of
Johnstown District area
churches - Blough, Thomas, Stahl and Weaver church districts /
found in the Somerset and Cambria Counties, Pennsylvania. (51 pages)
Record book of Funerals attended,
1891-1934 (62 pages), and
Marriages performed, 1893-1932 (6 pages) (Total: 68 pages)
Record of Sermons preached, 1932-35. Found in a small Memorandum Book.
Also includes three pages of purchases
(Gospel Herald, 1932), etc. (13 pages)
Sermon Outlines, circa 1890-1935. Blough would often give the sermon text and a
brief subject description at the top of each sermon outline. For example, "Judges 14:8-9: Hands full
of Honey." Most outlines are 4
pages in length (5" x 8" sheets).
Approximately 70-100 sermons. (282
Programs, circa 1920s-30s; and Letter
(1933) (Total: 5 pages)
Programs of Ministerial Meetings of
District (Stahl Church, no date; Weaver Church, 1935); and of an
School Conference, Stahl
Letter regarding Johnstown Bible
Preaching Schedule, January - June
1935, indicating the rotation
of ministers preaching in the Johnstown District at the Blough (B),
(K), Pleasant Grove (PG), Stahl (S), Thomas (T) and Weaver (W) churches. Ministers included Samuel G. Shetler (SG),
Lloy Kniss (Lloy), Sanford G. Shelter (San), Aldus Wingard (AW, or EW),
Levi A. Blough (LA),
Harry Blough (HB), James
Saylor (Jas), Hiram Wingard (HW), Irvin Holsopple (IH) and Joseph
(Joe). [Based on research
and explanation by Nelson Springer,
March 1, 1972, as found in file] (4 pages)
Constitution, and Rules and Discipline
(1908) of the Mennonite
Conference of the Southwestern Pennsylvania District.
Bible Doctrine Notebook (28 pages)
Church History Notebook (34 pages)
Statement of Doctrine; Tracts (I. L.
Derstine); Clippings, and D.
L. Moody pamphlet (1934). (Total: 32
"A Statement of Christian Doctrine"
(4 pages, no date, Mennonite Publishing House);
Two tracts from I. L. Derstine, Telford, Pa.
(The Auto King; and Prophecy of Isaiah 11, no date);
Clippings on "Bible Meeting Topic on
Social Gatherings" (newspaper clipping, no date); and "The Madness of
War" (newspaper clipping, 1929);
Forty Years, 1894-1934 [D. L. Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois]
Wingard Reunion circa. 1936 (4 pages)
Name and Subject Tracings
Blough, L. A. (Levi A.),
Johnstown Area Churches - Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania - Johnstown
May 6, 2008 / January 31, 2008 / Updated
organization and annotated
listing, including obituary and administrative information, by Dennis
Stoesz, and posted on web site
December 12, 2006 / Update by Helen Hostetler
July 31, 2003 / Inventory typed into the computer by
November 16, 1983 / Collection processed and
organized by Bryan L. Kehr
File: “Hm1-429 L. A. Blough.doc”
Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen, 1700 S Main St., Goshen, Indiana 46526