Poole Mennonite Church (Milverton, ON)

Classification scheme: 
V-3

Title: Poole Mennonite Church fonds

Dates of creation: 1918-2006
Note: Further accruals are expected.

Physical description: 1.5 m of textual records

Administrative history: The congregation was first known as the Mornington (after Mornington Township) Amish Mennonite congregation when the congregation began meeting in homes. The congregation resulted in 1874 from the natural growth into the area experienced by the East Zorra, Wilmot and Wellesley Amish Mennonite settlements.

In 1886 some members decided to build a meetinghouse on the site located 1/2 mile north of Poole, and 3 miles south of Millbank on Perth Road 121. Other members disagreed, giving rise to the group that became known as the Old Order Amish, and which continued to hold services in homes. In 1903 additional contentious issues arose within the meetinghouse group regarding the introduction of Sunday School, worship style, etc. Most of the leaders then left with some of the congregation to start the Nafziger or Poole (West) congregation. The Poole congregation was first known as the Mornington Amish Mennonite congregation.

In 1900 there were 105 members; in 1925, 111; in 1950, 250; in 1965, 278; in 1975, 327; in 1985, 390; in 1995, 320.

Pastoral leaders since 1874 have included: Joseph Gerber (Bishop, 1874-1893), Joseph U. Ropp (1873-1910), Christian L. Kuepfer (1879-1886), Andrew Kuepfer (1879-1886), Nicholas Nafziger (1891 ;Bishop, 1896)-1902), Peter Spenler (1891-1902), John Nafziger (1892-1902), Peter Boshart (1903-1927), Christian Schultz (1905; Bishop, 1926-1952), Christian Lichty (1940-1959), Amos Brunk (1940-1973), Herbert Schultz (1955-1970), Amsey Martin (1970-1982), Vernon Zehr (Interim, 1983), David Brubacher (1983-1990), David Rogalsky (1990-1999), Reynold Kipfer (Interim, 1999/2000), Paul Dyck (2000-     )

Custodial history: Accessions have been received from time to time, with some materials coming almost annually.

Scope and content: There are three series: Formal Records, Informal Records and Church Bulletins. See also the photograph collection for Poole-related items.

Notes: For more information see: A history of the Poole Mennonite Church: a people on the way, 1874-1986(Milverton, Ont.: Poole Mennonite Church, 1986), 74 pp
Original description created Jan 2000 by Sam Steiner. 
See also the Worship Services listing in Sound Recordings for congregation-related services.
Photographs relating to the congregation can be located using the Archives Mennonite Archival Image Database.

File list:

Series 1: Formal records

  1. Annual reports 
         1969-71 (financial only)
         1973-1986
         1988-2004 (meeting held year following, i.e., 1988 book is for 1987)
  2. Congregational profile
         1982
         1989
  3. Church directory
         1977, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1997/98, 2006 (inclement weather chain)
  4. Church Council minutes, 
         1962-2006
  5. Congregational minutes
         1919-1969 (also includes financial records 1918-1945, and 1945 membership list) 
         1970-2002
  6. Fidelas Literary/Mennonite Youth Fellowship (MYF) records
         1951-1958 (Constitution/Minutes)
         1964-1992
         1951-1980 (Financial records)
         1954-1958 (Midnight Echoes)
  7. Junior Prayer Meeting
         1955-1956
  8. Financial records
         1931-1967 (membership and annual dues records)
         1946-1971 (income and expenses)
         1973-1974, 1976-1979 (income and expenses)
         1969-1985 (Sunday evening services)
  9. Women's Missionary and Service Commission (WMSC)
         Minutes, 1980-1994
         Financial records, 1965-1996
  10. Junior Sewing Circle / Willing Workers Circle
         1953-1961
  11. Policy Documents/Documents related to Pastoral Leadership, e.g. Profiles
  12. Sunday school attendance records
         1941-1951 (adult)
         1941-1942 Offering records
         1946-1950 (primary)
         1951-1953
         1954-1957
         1983-1984 (junior)
  13. Summer Bible School programs/attendance records
         1961-1978
         1990-2003 (incomplete)
  14. Worship Committee
         2000-2003

Series 2: Informal records

  1. Misc. programs, 1911 (Bible Conference), 1928, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939, 1946, 1948, 1966, etc.
  2. Ontario Mennonite Evangel article on Poole building, 1966
  3. Church historian's files of programs, news clippings, etc., 1982-1989
  4. Missionary Project, 1948
  5. Church historian's record book, 1985-1996
  6. Record book of the Wellesley-Wilmot Congregation 1861-1921 (copy of typescript)
  7. For Your Information, Dec. 2002-2006
  8. Mornington Amish Mennonite Church : celebrating 100 years 1904-2004 / Jantzi, Aaron J., Jantzi, Martha.--[Poole, Ont. : The Church, 2004]
  9. "Mornington (Poole) Amish Mennonite Congregation: the first forty-five years" by Brent Kipfer, 1990. (Student paper)
  10. Special programs

Series 3: Church Bulletins

1961-2006

Series 4: Newsletter

Poole People, 1989-2006

Return to congregations page

Back to top

Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Making an appointment with the archivist in advance is strongly recommended.

Contact

Mennonite Archives of Ontario
Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

Phone: 519-885-0220 x24238

Email: marchive@uwaterloo.ca