Hist. Mss. 1-917
Esther (Steiner) Meyer, 1898-1994, Collection
7 Boxes (Large)
1898 Born in Allen County, Ohio, July 25, as Esther Agnes
Steiner, second oldest child of Menno S. and Clara Eby
1921 Graduate of Goshen College. Attended Western Reserve
University. Did some teaching before her marriage.
1923 Married Jacob Conrad Meyer on August 2. He was from
Sterling, Wayne County, Ohio. Marriage performed by Lester
1929 Three children born at Cleveland, Ohio: Albert James,
1929; Margaret Elizabeth 1931; and John Wilfred, 1935.
1994 Died in Goshen, Indiana, June 8. Services held at
Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana and Oak Grove
Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio.
Source: All Leatherman Kin History.... Compiled by Rev.
I. John Letherman, Wakarusa, Indiana, and Emma Leatherman
Candler, Marietta, Ohio. Nappanee, Indiana: E.V. Publishing
House, 1940. Page 942.
The Esther (Steiner) Meyer papers were deposited into
the Archives by the family in 1995 and 1997. Updated by
Dennis Stoesz, July 15, 1997.
Box 1 (Large)
Correspondence, 1910-1959, to and from Clara (Eby) Steiner,
and to and from Esther (Steiner) Meyer. Note: Correspondence
after 1950 is Restricted.
Box 2 (Large)
Correspondence, 1960-1980, to and some from Esther (Steiner)
Meyer Note: Correspondence after 1950 is Restricted.
Genealogy of Esther (Steiner) Meyer side of family. Includes
family names of Steiner, Thut and Eby.
Genealogy of J. C. Meyer side of family. Includes family
names of Meyer, Gerigs, Conrads and Schrock.
Box 3 (Large)
Writings of Esther (Steiner) Meyer
Includes her studies in Middle English and in French at
Western Reserve University; includes her poems; and includes
a research paper studying the Oak Grove Mennonite community
Includes Esther Meyer's involvement at Oak Grove Mennonite,
Smithville, Ohio. Includes her journal, January 1945 -
June 1947, concerning the church controversy. Also includes
her work in writing up a constitution for the Oak Grove
Mennonite Church, reflecting her concern for the role of
lay people and elders in a church. She helped introduce
the role of elders in a congregation at a time when bishops
were seen as the main leaders. Also includes Esther Meyer's
involvement in College Mennonite, Goshen.
Includes some entries in diaries, a birthday book, newspaper
clippings, invitations from their wedding, and other working
files of Esther Meyer.
Box 4 (Large)
Working Files (Continued)
Financial Journals, 1908-1989
Box 5 (Large)
Financial Journals, 1908-1989 (Continued)
Box 6 (Large)
Photographs, including immigrant Jacob G. Meyer Family,
1872, who had 12 children, 7 daughters and 5 sons, one
of whom was J. C. Meyer. Includes family photograph of
M. S. Steiner's parents and family.
Box 7 (Oversize)
Diplomas and Memorabilia
Includes Harvard graduate diploma of J. C. Meyer; Esther
Steiner's grade cards; guestbook from Esther Meyer's funeral;
clothing patterns of Esther Meyer; and family genealogy
papers, including birth certificates, of John Jacob Meyer,
born 1815, in Muelhausen, France, married to Elizabeth
Gerig, and who was Lutheran.
Name and Subject Tracings
Mennonites - France
Meyer, Esther (Steiner), 1898-1994
Meyer, J. C.
Meyer, Jacob G.
Meyer, John Jacob, 1815-
Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 1818- , Smithville, Ohio
Steiner, Clara Eby
Steiner, M. S.
February 13, 2004 / Posted on web by Rebecca Allen
December 16, 2003 / Updated by Helen Hostetler
Mennonite Church USA Archives, 1700 S Main St., Goshen,