Bert, Sarah Hoover (1860-1948)
Sarah Hoover Bert (1860-1948) was the daughter of Peter Bert, an early 19th-century German immigrant of Waldensian descent, who was part of the group of Brethren in Christ who settled near Abilene, Kansas in 1879. In 1894 Sarah Bert visited relatives in Chicago and remained to help found the first urban mission of the Brethren in Christ Church. In 1905 she became superintendent of the mission, a position that she relinquished in 1941 at the age of 81. She conducted programs to assist the needy of the area. These included sewing classes to teach young women a trade and to provide them with pocket money; instruction in housekeeping to enable girls to obtain positions as maids and take better care of their own houses; and distribution of food and clothing. These were the first activities of this kind in the denomination. The first organ and choir in the Brethren in Christ Church were also introduced by Sarah Bert, in an effort to attract young people to the mission services.
Sider, E. Morris. Nine Portraits. Nappanee, IN : Evangel Press, 1978: 15-45.
Wittlinger, Carlton O. Quest for Piety and Obedience: The Story of the Brethren in Christ. Nappanee, IN: Evangel Press, 1978: 174-176.
History and Genealogy of Peter Bert. Nappanee, IN, n.d.
Evangelical Visitor (23 February 1948): 69.
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