Valleyview Mennonite Church Oral History Project

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Title: Valleyview Mennonite Church Oral History Project [sound recording]

Date of Creation: 2002-2011

Physical Description: 22 compact discs; 5 cm of textual records

Administrative History: Valleyview Mennonite Church began services in 1953 and formally organized in 1962. Alvin Roth and Ralph Lebold were considered to be the founding leaders. The congregation established a voluntary service unit in 1966. Valleyview was affiliated with the Western Ontario Mennonite Conference from 1953-1988, and then became a congregation of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Interviews were conducted for the congregation by Al Koop, Rudy Fast, Ken Drudge, Neil Froese, Grace Zehr, and Karl Bergen.

Custodial History: The discs were accessioned by the Mennonite Archives of Ontario in 2009 (Interviews 1-5) and 2015 (Interviews 6-20)

Scope and Content: The project asked interviewees for their reminiscences of Valleyview. Unless noted below, most interviews have been transcribed.

File list:

  1. Ralph and Eileen Lebold, 2003 (2 discs; 80 min.)
  2. Voluntary Service Group, 2002 (40 min.): Richard Bucher, Carol Bucher, Dorothy Hathaway, John Niche, Gladys Hurst-Schlegel, Dave Schlegel.
  3. Millard and Joyce Osborne, 2002 (38 min.)
  4. Alvin Roth, 2003 (66 min.)
  5. Linda Ressler, 2002 (43 min.)
  6. Mary Burkholder, 2010
  7. Jan Dolliver, 2010
  8. Carl Gingrich, 2008
  9. Glen Horst, Interview 1, undated; Interview 2, 2006
    Note: Interview 2 is not transcribed
  10. Clare and Marie Jantzi, 2008
  11. Gloria Janzen, 2008
  12. Erma Kropf, 2003
  13. Harold Peters-Franzen, 2007
  14. Madeline Roth, 2003
  15. Milt and Eva Schwartzentruber, 2006
  16. Valleyview group interview: Victor and Rebecca Fast, Erwin and Joan Schmidt, Henry and Ellie Boldt, Grace Zehr, Clare Jantzi, 2009
  17. Beulah (Wagler) Shepherd, 2006
  18. Doris Weber, 2011
  19. Grace Zehr, 2008
  20. Millard Osborne, 2010
    Note: Interview not transcribed

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