Augspurger, Aaron (1865-1953)
Aaron Augspurger was born 3 December 1865 in Butler County, Ohio. He was a grandson of Bishop Joseph Stuckey, the founder of the Central Conference of Mennonites. When he was only a few months old, his parents moved to McLean County, Illinois, and located in the Danvers community where Aaron grew to manhood. He married Emma Schertz on 20 February 1890; they had four children. Aaron was ordained to the ministry by his grandfather on 10 June 1894. It was in large measure his persuasion that induced Bishop Stuckey to call the meeting of the ministers that gave birth to the Central Conference of Mennonites. He was always keenly interested in the organization and promotion of the conference and its work, and with his literary ability made a significant contribution to that end by his work in drafting resolutions, documents, etc. He also took leading parts in initiating the work of publication and foreign missions and served for a time as editor of the Christian Evangel, all of these functions being in addition to his work as pastor of the church at Anchor, Illinois. He was ordained bishop in 1900 and served as president of the Central Conference in 1899 and 1906-1911. He also served as conference secretary for many years. In later years he was forced to retire from active duty because of failing eyesight. He died 8 January 1953.
"Aaron Augspurger." SAGA (Swiss Anabaptist Genealogical Association) Genealogical Website. http://www.saga-omii.com/tng/getperson.php?personID=I21925&tree=roth (accessed 22 August 2007)
Weaver, William B. History of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Danvers, Ill., 1926.
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