1947-53, Holmes County, Ohio
1 File (Small Collection)
Scope and Content
Camp Ebenezer was started by Tillie Yoder as a place
for African-American children from Chicago to go to camp. The
camps was operated in her parent’s farm in Holmes County, Ohio.
It began in 1947, with 122 children coming for eight weeks.
Tillie was involved for four summers, 1947-50.
For additional information on the camp, see the personal papers of
Tillie (Yoder) Nauraine (Hist. Mss. 1-318), which includes
correspondence, articles, poems and an autobiography.
These photographs were deposited by Tillie (Yoder)
Nauraine, Elkhart, Indiana, in 1964.
File 1 (Small
Photographs identified by Tillie Nauraine in February 2003. Many
are 8”x10” in size, and taken by Snyder Studio, Millersburg,
Ohio. Some were published in the Gospel Herald.
Photo #1 Boys hoeing and planting at the farm, 1947
Photo #2 Camp site scene, of the farm
Photo #3 Tillie Yoder (on left) and Peggie Webb,
roomates at Hesston College, ca. 1945-47
Photo #4 Tillie Yoder (on left) and Peggie Webb, no
date (they were roomates at Hesston College, ca. 1945-47)
Photo #5 Sunday School picnic, persons (l-r): Tillie
Yoder, Rowena Lark (Mrs. James), and Mrs. Caulley. Sister Lark
from Chicago was the person who helped get this Camp Ebenezer started
for African-American children. Tillie also had taught bible
school at the Bethel Mennonite church in Chicago.
Photo #6 Elizabeth Yoder (sister to Tillie), Ada Webb
(sister to Peggie), and Tillie Yoder
Photo #7 Meal time with the first gang of 16
African-American children (in this case they were all boys) at Camp
Ebenezer, Millersburg, Ohio, July 1947. The accomodations now
made it possible to care for thirty-three children, in addition to a
Mennonite Voluntary Summer Service Unit staff. Staff persons
included Goldie Hummel (second from left going around the table.
She later married Alvin Hostetler.
Photo #8 Rowena Lark (Mrs. James), with church and
three automobiles in backgroun
Photo #9 Peggie Webb (center) and Tillie Yoder (left)
coming out of one of the buildings at Camp Ebenezer
Photo #10 Hanging up pants on the wash line, Eunice
Hartman (on left)
Photo #11 Camp staff gathered round. Persons
include Eunice Hartman (third from left), and Margaret Troyer (center
right holding open some summer bible school materials). Troyer
later married Vernon Miller.
Photo #12 Nature class gathered around the table,
with Martha Kanagy as teacher
Photo #13 Children and Staff, no date. Staff in
back (left-right), Tillie Yoder, Martha Kanagy, Ada Webb (Virginia),
Mary Ellen Helmuth, Elsie Burkhardt, LeRoy Bechler, ____________ ? (an
African-American mother from Chicago), ______________?, and Dorothy
Photo #14 Washing and ironing, Mary Ellen Helmuth (on
left) and Ada Webb.
Photo #15 Around the camp fire. Martha Kanagy
is the one bending over the fire
Photo #16 Tillie Yoder with her Dad and Mom, Jacob
and Lovina (Helmuth) Yoder, ca. later 1940s.
Photo #17 Washing dishes, including Doris Gunden
Photo #18 At at a chapel service, with LeRoy Bechler
at the podium.
In addition, the file includes 24 snapshots, and sixteen 8”x10” photos,
and three color 5”x7” photographs, showing various scenes of camp life,
including swimming, farming, prayer time, etc.
December 15, 2005 / Posted
February 26, 2003 / Listed by Dennis Stoesz
File: “HM4-110 Camp Ebenezer 1947-53.doc”
USA Archives-Goshen, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, Indiana 46526
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