Classification scheme: 
Hist. Mss. 1.61

Title: Christian Gascho fonds

Dates of creation: 1867-1924

Physical description: 5 cm. of textual record, 5 published works

Biographical sketch: Christian Gascho (25 March 1857-30 January 1943) was the oldest son of Bishop John Gascho and Barbara Erb. On 1 October 1878 he married Leah Zehr; they had one son and five daughters. On 10 December 1893 he was ordained as a deacon in the Wilmot Amish Mennonite Church; on 4 November 1894 he was ordained as a minister.

Gascho was active in the formation of the Ontario Amish Mennonite Conference, and served on the Non-Resistant Relief Organization in its early years. He was also active in the Amish Mennonite Sunday School Conference.

Custodial history: Donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario in the 1980s.

Scope and context: The fonds consists of several school exercise books from Gascho's youth, a small quantity of papers and notes, and several publications.

Notes: Further materials related to Christian Gascho may be found by searching the Archives.
Original archival description created 1990s by Sam Steiner.

File list:

  1. School exercise books, 1867-1869
  2. Non-Resistant Relief Organization minutes and correspondence, 1917-1924
    Note: A digital copy of this file is available here.
  3. "Memorandum of laws affecting the members of the Mennonite Religious Society and Military Service in Canada," 1918? (Two typescript and one printed copy)
  4. Misc. programs and notes, 1918-1935
  5. Neuer Calendar für Bauern und Handwerker, 1835
  6. Jubeltone (a German songbook used in the Wilmot Centre Sunday school (Methodist) which the Amish attended when German was removed from the public school system)
  7. Hammond's modern atlas of the world, 1920 (purchased in 1924 when the first Amish missionaries from the area went abroad)
  8. Biblisches Hand-Concordanz


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