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Yoder (1907-1998) and Melvin A. Yoder (1910-1989)
Papers, 1925-1998 (Includes some materials from parent’s generation,
16 Boxes (1 Gray, 13 Large, 2 Oversize)
1907 Birth of Luella Short, Wauseon, Ohio, to Andrew and Mary
Short. Luella had ten siblings: six sisters and four brothers. One
sister, Lillie, lived with her parents (note the envelopes addressed from Andrew
1917 Melvin A. Yoder is seven years old when his parents, Levi
U. Yoder (1867-1928) and Mary Ellen (Ella) (Hostetler) Yoder (1875-1952)
moved, to Midland, Michigan. Melvin had six siblings: five sisters and
one brother. The grandparents, the Moses H. Yoder (1833-1911) family, had
originally come from Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, and had moved to Indiana,
Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. At one point the Levi U. Yoder
family moved from Inman, McPherson County, Kansas, to Brandon, Colorado. It
was from there that they had taken the train to Midland, Michigan. The mother,
Mary Ellen Hostetler, was raised as a foster child in the Hershberger family,
and was also known as “Ella”. When Levi died, Ella remarried
Amos Miller, from Iowa. (Note that in the collection there is some correspondence
to Luella from Amos’ children, who would be her brother-and sister-in-laws,
1925 Luella attended a short Winter Bible term at Goshen College
1926 Collection includes letters from friends and relatives
she met here.
1932 Luella moved to Midland, Michigan, to work
1933 Luella Short and Melvin Yoder were married December 22,
1933, in Midland, Michigan
1935-1951 Children born to Luella and Melvin
1920s-1990s Members of the Midland Mennonite Church, Midland, Michigan. Melvin
Yoder served as a deacon of the church for many years.
1983 50th Wedding Anniversary
1989 Death of Melvin Yoder
1998 Death of Luella (Short) Yoder
These papers were deposited into the Archives by a daughter,
Esta Hostetler, Middlebury, Indiana, in 2000, on behalf of the family. The
other children of Melvin A. and Luella Yoder are: Ethel Yoder, Saginaw, Michigan;
Milton Yoder, Tucson, Arizona; Elvin Yoder, Washington, Iowa; Loretta Toner,
Midland, Michigan; and Merlin Yoder, Austin, Texas. One sibling, Leanna
Keim, is deceased.
Preliminary Inventory of Boxes 1-4 by Zach Landis, with Introduction and Biography
by Dennis Stoesz, June 29, 2000. Preliminary Inventory of Boxes 5-17
by Erin Wilson, February 5, 2001. Update to Inventory of Boxes 5A, 5B and
6, by Dennis Stoesz, November 5, 2001.
Sources: Oral interviews with Esta (Yoder) Hostetler, and Milton Yoder. See
also the two family genealogy books, The Moses H. Yoder Geneology (1970) and
The Moses H. Yoder Family History (1995).
Box 1 (Gray)
Letter from cousin Dora Short, Midland, Michigan, October 4, 1922, to Luella
Short, Wauseon, Ohio
Letters written to Luella Short and Melvin A. Yoder, 1922-1934.
Note that Luella and Melvin were married in 1933.
Note: “Some of these letters addressed to Luella Short
are from friends she made at a short Bible term at Goshen College in 1925."
Golden Wedding Anniversary, 1983
Box 2 (Large)
Letters written to Luella Short and Melvin A. Yoder, 1922-1944.
Note that Luella and Melvin were married in 1933.
Box 3 (Large)
Letters written to Luella (Short) and Melvin A. Yoder, 1940-1960's
On top are letters from 1950's-1990's
Box 4 (Large)
Letters written to Luella (Short) and Melvin A. Yoder, 1950's-1998
Luella (Short) Yoder: Wedding clothes, plus others, and Mom’s Friendship
Quilt Blocks, and correspondence prior to marriage and later
Box 5A (Large)
5A/1 Black Bonnet (soft)
5A/2 Black Bonnet (hard)
5A/3 Wedding slip, made by Luella Short
5A/4 Purse, small black
5A/5 White shoes, with white stockings (in box)
Box 5B (Large)
5B/1 Dow’s Utopian Chocolates box. Includes: Diary,
May 1, 1929-August 3, 1932;
Letters written to Luella M. Short, Wauseon, Ohio, 1932-34
5B/2 Box of Letters, 1932-34,
Love letters, 1932-33, written to Melvin A. Yoder, Midland, Michigan
Includes some letters from 1934
5B/3 Box of documents
Birth certificate and Marriage License
Wedding invitations, 1933
5B/4 Calendar, 1931 “Christmas Greetings”
5B/5 Plain Clothing advertisement, 1961, Hager and Brothers,
Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania
5B/6 Archbold, Ohio, Mennonite community births and deaths,
1920-31, as recorded by Luella Short.
5B/7 Housework, Toledo, Ohio, before 1933.
5B/8 Wedding gifts, December 22, 1933
5B/9 Goshen College, Student’s Handbook, 1925-26
5B/10 Baby announcement, “Mary’s baby Luella”,
1907, from “Luella Schlatter” for whom she was named after
5B/11 Christmas presents, 1935, 1939
5B/12 Deeds (Three of them), 1934, 1937, Midland, Michigan
5B/13 Driver’s License, including picture identification
(four of them), Michigan, ca. 1960’s-80’s.
5B/14 Greeting cards of various kinds, sent to each other,
Melvin and Luella Yoder, ca. 1960’s, including one or two older ones
5B/15 Luella’s saving record book, and Bank record books,
1927-34, Wauseon, Ohio
5B/16 Autograph books (two), 1926 and 1929-30
5B/17 Hospital bill, 1935, Luella
5B/18 Wedding invitation, 1925, Pearl Frey and Sylvan Rupp.
5B/19 Scripture Birthday Book, 1919-1969; also an Autograph
5B/20 Birthday card, 1987, from Nancy Reagan and USA President
5B/21 Sauder Museum, Archbold, Ohio, Guide book, 1978, “Heritage
of the Black Swamp”
5B/22 Music Sheets, “Lorenz’s Octavo Anthems”,
Luella and Viola Short, “Seek Ye the Lord”, etc.
5B/23 Music Book, “Palmer’s Graded Studies in the
Art of Reading Music at Sight”, received b Luella Short, October 18, 1927
5B/24 Circle letters, 1927-30 ( for example, “Vol. 2,
No. 16, Toledo, Ohio, April 30, 1928”) (probably including time when Luella
was at Goshen College’s Short Bible Term)
5B/25 Napkin “Ohio, the Buckeye State”, 1954, showing
historical facts, etc.
Box 6 (Large)
Papers of Levi U. Yoder (1867-1928) and Mary Ella (Hershberger) Yoder (1875-1952)
Were married on September 30, 1897
6/1 Report cards, 1883-85, 1890, of Mary Hershberger, and Ella
Hershberger, Middlebury Schools, Indiana (same person but sometimes used
first name and sometimes used middle name). Folder also includes many poems,
including “Ella Hershberger’s Farewell, March 6, 1885), and “The
mettlesome little girl”, by Mary E. Hershberger, etc. Also includes
a small red notebook, with various things in it including a Christian and Susanna
(Yoder) Hershberger genealogy of them and their children, from 1843-1929 (2 pages)
6/2 Letters, 1897, between Levi U. Yoder, Inman, Kansas, and
Mary E. (Ella) Hershberger, Vernon, Kansas
6/3 Letters, 1896, 1911, 1917, received by Levi U. Yoder. Includes
the program of the May 15, 1908 Commencement, Groveland School, Groveland, Kansas,
with Levi Yoder on the program giving a recitation of “The Station Agent’s
Story”. Also a 1910 program of the Sunday School Conference at West
Liberty, McPherson County, Kansas. (Materials were all in a white bag marked “L.
6/4 “Public Sale” bill, April 23, 1917 of L. U.
Yoder, owner, 1 3/4 miles north of Brandon
6/5 Newspaper, Brandon, Colorado, The Westland, April 26, 1917,
Volume XII, Number 17, 8 pages.
6/6 Correspondence, Deeds of Trust, Mortgages, 1917-18, 1933-35
6/7 Automobile records, and a few other items, of Levi U. and
Ella Yoder, 1925-45
6/8 Estate papers record book, 1952-53, as kept by Melvin A.
Postcards date 1909, 1922, etc.
25th and 50th wedding anniversaries, 1958 and 1983
A bundle of cards of the 25th Anniversary plus some other years
An Anniversary heart, December 22, 1983 (Luella did some tatting around
Anniversary book 50th Anniversary
Envelope of news clippings of Melvin and Luella’s picture
Melvin’s wedding suit jacket
Pop’s wedding shirt
(piece of clothing, unidentified?, not a blouse) and head covering
Box 7 (Large)
Melvin’s Funeral Things
Cassette tape dated 11-13-89 labeled Melvin Yoder
Loose letters and cards
Funeral book of attendance
Some old Gospel Heralds
Also includes wedding invitations, graduation invitations, thank you, and birth
Box 8 (Large)
Programs from the wedding invitations box
Preaching Notes of Melvin A. Yoder, Midland Mennonite Church
Several small black binders with notes and some loose leafs of paper
Church Conference and Melvin’s School Things
Includes wood tools made by Melvin in the Communion Cup used at Midland Mennonite
when Melvin was Deacon (found in a brown paper bag)
Pop - appendicitis operation 1948 (bundled letters)
Yoder Circle Letters (bundled letters)
Old School Books
Plaque of Melvin Yoder “Gratefully Acknowledging 30 Years as Deacon Midland-
Mennonite Church 8/29/44-8/2974
A box with greeting cards
Mennonite Yearbook 1958-1981
Box 9 (Large)
More of Melvin’s School Things, etc.
Confessions of Faith
Album Anniversary Pictures
Also includes Luella’s Funeral Things
Box 10 (Large)
Collections of cards
Graduations –graduation cards
Death Memorials & Thank you notes
Box of Thank You notes
Announcements, Engagements and Wedding Programs
Scrapbook of Christmas Cards
Box 11 (Large)
Box of “Mom’s School Things” Diaries (mostly mom’s),
school things, Goshen Bible School
Luella S. S. and Bible School (Brown Paper Bag)
Scrapbook of Luella’s parents Andrew and May Short 50th Anniversary
Box 12 (Large)
Materials related to Midland Mennonite Church or Church-wide concerns
Minutes of Building
Letter to Melvin Yoder about starting a Mennonite School
Midland Mennonite Church Calendars
Midland Mennonite Church Council Minutes
A book of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities 1936
Mom’s 90th Birthday Scrapbook
Box 13 (Large)
Melvin worked at Dow Chemical – Dow Diamond & Brinewall the magazine
Dow magazines 1940-50(?)
Book "Herbert H. Dow: Pioneer in Creative Chemistry"
Note: "Reunions and Genealogies"
Loose materials: births and weddings of Melvin and Luella's families, A family
tree book "Moses H. Yoder 1833-1911: Yoder Coat of Arms 1095"
Box 14 (Large)
Continued Reunion and Genealogy papers
Blue Binder of family tree information: The Andrew Short Family
Bag of Yoder Reunion things
A roll of Church conference and Melvin's school things
Box 15 (Oversize File)
Marriage Certificate of 1897 Melvin's parents Levi and Ella Yoder marriage certificate
in a frame.
Box 16 (Oversize Tan Box)
Happy Birthday Poster
Picture of Short family tree, including births of Luella’s parents, and
their children, 1884-1928
February 16, 2004 / Posted on web by Rebecca Allen
February 3, 2004 / Updated by Helen Hostetler
Mennonite Church USA Archives-Goshen, 1700 S
Main St., Goshen, Indiana 46526
to Personal Collections Index
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