Tony Waldner Collection
Hutterian Brethren Documents, 1844-1986
4 Boxes (1 Long Green, 1 Large, 1 Gray, 1 Oversize)
These materials were deposited into the Archives by
Tony Waldner, of the Forest River Hutterian Brethren Colony, Fordville,
North Dakota, in 1987.
Collection organized and listed by Rachel A. Shenk, April 3,
1987. Inventory typed into the computer by Nelda Nussbaum, German
entries checked by Dennis Stoez, February 26, 2002.
Please note that there are photographs found in the
Tony Waldner Photograph Collection, catalogued as Hist. Mss. 4-317.
Box 1 (Long Green)
1/1 Census of River Forest Community, January
1986. This colony was begun in 1949.
1/2 Morgen & Abend Lieder. Collection of
Hutterite morning songs (100 pages) and evening songs (64 pages). In
handwritten Gothic script and German language, and bound in
booklet. At least one was written by Paul S. Wipf, Hanna,
Alberta, July 20, 1982 (page 60-63 of evening song).
1/3 Double Bee Hive, manufactured and patented in
early 1950’s by John J. Maendel, Forest River Colony
1/4 Family Tree of Tony Waldner. Four generation
chart of the “Descendants of Friedrich Waldner, 1836-1911,” and
1/5 Deutches Sprachbuch, German Grammar Rules, by a
teacher from Alberta, Canada. Pages 2-40, handwritten Gothic script and
1/6 Flash cards for German Alphabet, A-Z, in Gothic
1/7 Kärntner transmigrants (14 pages).
Records from Erich Buchinger, and date from about 1752-1773, and seem
to be a list of persons, numbered from about 378-584, plus numerous
other documents. Copies are made from original handwritten German
documents, in Gothic script. Some papers measure 14” x 16”, and
have been pasted together.
1/8 Kärntner transmigrants (10 pages); and
Alvinzer Hutterites (2 pages). Records from Erich Buchinger, and date
from about 1714-1803. Four families from Alvinz, including Kuhr,
Stahl, Tschetter and Wipf. Twenty families listed from
Kärntner. Typed document.
Box 1 (Long Green) (Continued)
1/9 Pamphlet, “Hutterian Brethren of North America”,
printed by Crystal Springs Colony, Ste. Agathe, Manitoba, Canada in
N.A.. And German language pamphlet “Die Hutterischen Brüder
von Nordamerika” printed by James Valley Book Centre, Elie, Manitoba,
Canada. Date maybe around 1975 (Late 20th century printing).
1/10 Six Generation Ancestry Charts for about 45
Hutterite families, as researched by Tony Waldner, and Case Western
University, in about 1979. Names include Maendel,
Hofer, Kleinsasser, Stahl, etc., and dates reach back to early 18th
century, and reach up to the 1930’s. Chart starts with individual and
spreads out to the ancestry of the person.
1/11 Topic Register (1 page) for Gesang-Büchlein
(Song Book), 1982 edition, James Valley
1/12 Kirchen Buch (Church Register Book), Copies of
This book records births of children, in chronological order, and the
names of their parents from 1844, born at Hutterthal and Johannesruh in
Russia until the year 1865, when the church had its new beginning.
Records continue through to the migration to United States in the
1897’s, and to 1918, when some Hutterites move to Canada. After
that the register records various birth up to 1974, including families
from Alberta, Canada. Also includes records of deaths and marriages of
Note at end states that “This book copied by John A. Hostetler at the
University of Alberta”, July 30, 1975 (Record of births, deaths, and
marriages in Russia from 1844- ). “Dieses Kirchen buch habe Ich Elias
Walter von Johann Wipf gekauft da er aus Russland von Hutteral mit
gebracht hat.” (I, Elias Walter, purchased this church book from John
Wipf, who brought it with him when he emigrated from Hutteral, Russia).
Book measures 10 1/4” x 14 1/4” inches, and has been bound, with black
front and back covers, and entitled “Kirchen Buch”. It is a
photocopy of original handwritten pages in German, and in Gothic script.
1/13 Kirchen Buch – Typed copy of records,
1844-1878, German language, 64 pages.
This typed copy is taken from off of the handwritten copy. After
1878, each colony wrote their own records (see page 64). This
copy includes records of births, 1844-1869 (pages 1-37), and marriages,
1872-77 (pages 38-41), and deaths, 1844-1878 (pages 42-64).
Box 1 (Long Green) (Continued)
1/14 Obituary for Sarah Maendel (1910-1984), Rosedale
Hutterite Colony, Manitoba. (28. November 1984, page 25 of
unidentified periodical). She also lived at James Valley Colony,
Manitoba, Forest River Colony, North Dakota. Obituary mentions her
visit to the Hutterite Society of Brothers in England and Woodcrest in
1/15 Hutterites visit Europe, article by G.
Längin, Kanada Kurier (13. Dezember 1984). Includes Peter
Tschetter from South Dakota, and Jakob Gross from Manitoba
Box 2 (Large)
2/1 Books written by Millard Fuller, including his
autobiography, Bokotola (Association Press, Follett Publishing Company,
Chicago, Illinois, 1977), and Love in the Mortar Joints: The Story of
Habitat for Humanity (by Millard Fuller and Diane Scott), (Association
Press, New Century Publishers, 1980). Forest River Colony had been
active with Habitat in the past.
2/2 Lehrerleut Hutterite Family Records, from about
1910’s-1960’s. Includes families from this Lehrerleut branch of the
Hutterian Brethren, from Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada, and from
Montana, United States of America. Handwritten original records,
and binder volume is three inches thick.
2/3 Mennonite Low-German Dictionary, Mennonitisches
Wörterbuch by Jack Thiessen, (N. G. Elwert Verlag, Marburg,
2/4 Deutsches Sprachbuch… , 1945, Third edition, 28
pages, by D. P. Heidebrecht, Sardis, British Columbia.
2/5 Deutsche Fibel…füer amerikanische Schulen,
(German language Primer) copyright 1886, by W. H. Weick und C. Grebner
(New York: American Book Company), 98 pages.
2/6 Die Zerstorung Jerusalems…reprinted from Dr.
Martin Luthers Bible for Dan E. Miller, Middlefield, Ohio, no date, 45
pages, green cover.
2/7 Bible Questions, by Pete Tschetter, Pleasant
Valley, handwritten pages, Gothic script, German language, bound
booklet, pages numbered from 5-39, no date.
2/8 Biblische Fragen und ihre Beantwortung (600 Bible
Questions and Answers), collected from various sources by Tony Waldner,
First Edition (Hawley, Minnesota: Spring Prairie Printing, 1986), 66
2/9 Gebet-biichlein besonders füer Kinder
(Hawley, Minnesota: Spring Prairie Printing, 1986), 65 pages
2/10 Schmied, Hans, Ein kurze Beschreibung von unsern
lieben Bruder Hans Schmied….1590. Last page indicates that it was
copied by Johannes Stahl, 12 Januar 1974, Starland Colony, Drumheller,
Alberta, Canada, from an old page from Mähren (Moravia). A bound
book, handwritten in German
Box 2 (Large) (Continued)
2/10 Schmied, Hans, Ein kurze Beschreibung von unsern
lieben Bruder Hans (Cont'd)
language, and Gothic script, 70
pages. Note in flyleaf indicates that this is “Ein Geschaut von
John S. Walter, West Bench Colony of Hutterian Brethren, Eastend,
Saskatchewan, Canada”. Book used in Forest River Community
Elementary School, Fordville, North Dakota.
2/11 Grund der Taufe, (Belief on Baptism),
1975. Foreword notes that this was published by the Hutterian
Brethren in America, from the writings of the teachers and preachers of
the Jakob Hutter Church in Moravia, Austria…from 1533-1665, and
later. Last page indicates that it was copied by Johannes Stahl,
24 March, 1975, Starland Colony. Handwritten Gothic script, German
language, 43 and 15 pages.
2/12 Studien zum Wortschatz der kanadischen
Mennoniten, by Jack Thiessen (N. G. Elwert Verlag, Marburg, Germany,
1963), 207 pages
German Books received from a Catholic Friend, dating from 1882-1952
2/13 Merck’s Wienn, by Abraham A Sancta Clara, 1947
2/14 Kirchen Geschichte, Volume 1 (a church history)
by D. Dr. Karl Bihlmeyer, and Dr. Hermann Tüchle, 1952
2/15 Kirchen Geschichte, Volume 2 (a church history)
by Bihlmeyer and Tüchle, 1952
2/16 Kirchen Geschichte, Volume 3 (a church history)
(paperback) (by D. Dr. Karl Bihlmeyer, and Dr. Hermann Tüchle, 1955
2/17 Die Deutsch-Amerikanische Kanzel, by Dr. Kopp,
Textbooks still in use in most Hutterite Schools, dating from 1953-80
2/18 Unterricht in der deutschen Sprache, Erstes
Übungsbuch, Für das 3. Und 4. Schuljahr, 1953 (Altona,
Manitoba: D. W. Friesen and Sons) (printed in USA, Concordia Publishing
House, 1953), 47 pages
2/19 Biblische Geschichten für Schulen und
Familien, 1970, 4th Canadian edition (Altona, Manitoba: D. W. Friesen)
(Blue cover, 2 copies), 192 p.
Box 3 (Gray)
3/1 Biblische Geschichten, des Alten und Neuen
Testaments, First Edition, (Cayley, Alberta: Macmillan Colony,
Hutterian Brethren in Canada), 1959 (2 copies), 222 pages. Used
by Willy Maendel, Leona Hofer and Frieda Maendel, Forest River Colony,
Fordville, North Dakota, 1973-74 (grade 7, at 14 years of age).
3/2 Biblische Erzählungen für
Anfänger, Old Testament, no date (Ste. Agathe, Manitoba: Crystal
Springs Colony, no date), 124 pages (2 copies)
Box 3 (Gray) (Continued)
3/3 Die “Landler” in Siebenbürgen, by Erich
Buchinger, 1980 (R. Oldenbourg Verlag, Müchen, Germany), 458 pages
(Hutterites in Seven Burgs in Austria in the 18th Century)
Box 4 (Oversize) (Two folders found in mapcase)
4/1 Clippings – Hutterites from Manitoba, Canada, in
the Media, 1947-80
Includes 1980 article on 5,5000
Hutterites in Manitoba (Trib Magazine, January 26, 1980), and Japanese
Hutterites visit to James Valley Hutterite Colony, Manitoba, ca. 1975;
and the 1947 story on John Maendel, and the Rosedale Colony, located 18
miles from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada (The Winnipeg Tribune,
May 7, 1947). Not all clippings listed.
4/2 Clippings – Forest River Hutterite Colony,
Fordville, North Dakota, in the Media, 1964-84, mostly from Grand Forks
of Tony Waldner as a bookbinder and as interested in publishing a
history of the colony; 1980 feature story from Grand Forks Herald Farm
and Home (January 31, 1980); 1981 feature on communal farming from The
Grafton Record (December 23, 1981); 1971 feature family story from
Grand Forks Herald (October 13, 1971); 1964 story on egg plant, Grand
Forks Herald (November 30, 1964); 1946 picture of Hutterites, David,
Joe and Michael Maendel, and caption that they visit here with 60
million bees (May 1, 1946 from Press-Citizen Photo). Not all
clippings were listed.
March 9, 2004 / updated by Helen Hostetler
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