Bargen, Isaac I. (1857-1943)
Isaac I. Bargen, son of Isaac Bargen and Justina Loewen, was the second oldest of four brothers and one sister. He was born 29 November 1857 at Alexanderwohl in the Molotschna settlement in South Russia, and came to America 4 July 1878, settling on a farm east of Mountain Lake, Minnesota. He married Sara Hiebert, daughter of David Hiebert and Sara Penner, on 30 December 1886. He had five sons and five daughters: Justina, David, Sara, Emma, Mary, William, Walter, Gerhard, Bernhard, and Rosella.
In Russia he attended the Zentralschule at Gnadenfeld and Orloff; in America he studied four years at Mankato Teachers' College. He was a charter member of First Mennonite Church of Mountain Lake, Minnesota, founder of the Sunday school in his home community, 40 years a Sunday-school teacher, and chairman of church council for eight years. For one year he taught German in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was a leader in civic affairs, public speaker, superintendent of county schools, 1893-1901; principal of Mountain Lake grade school, 1893-1903; editor and publisher of Mountain Lake View and Unser Besucher, 1901-1914; postmaster of Mountain Lake, 1902-1933; founder of Mennonite Aid Society, 1897; president of this organization until 1925; and then secretary until his death, 25 August 1943.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 234. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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