Wiebe, Peter A. (1847-1925)
Peter A. Wiebe: Krimmer Mennonite Brethren (KMB) minister and elder; born at Margenau, Molotschna Mennonite settlement, South Russia, 27 November 1847, the sixth son of Jacob Wiebe and Anna (Wiens) Wiebe, and the brother of Jacob A. Wiebe, KMB founder. He married Sarah Voth on 20 March 1870, to which union were born eleven children. Immigrating to Kansas in the fall of 1874, they settled at Springfield, near Lehigh, in 1875. They were baptized 21 April 1878, and joined the Gnadenau Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church near Hillsboro, Kansas. He was elected deacon in 1884, minister in 1891, and elder in 1912. He was a pioneer in Sunday-school work in his church; he served as board member and chairman of the Home for the Friendless, as chairman of the Bethesda Hospital board, as board member of the Salem Home and Salem Hospital, and as executive board member of the KMB Conference and as a member of various conference committees. From 1892 to 1909 he engaged in evangelistic work in Nebraska, South Dakota, California, and Canada, and was deeply interested in home and foreign missionary work. He was a successful farmer; in 1904 he was awarded a Gold Medal by the St. Louis World Fair for Turkey Red wheat raised on his farm.
Peter A. Wiebe was the author of numerous articles on nonresistance. His autobiography was published in 1921 in the Genealogy Record of the Groening and Wiebe Families. In 1924 he wrote A Brief Biography of Jacob A. Wiebe and the Organization of the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church, and in 1925 The Way to Eternal Life. Wiebe died 26 June 1925 at Hillsboro and is interred at the Springfield cemetery. His biography was published in 1955 as a booklet, My Parents.
Die Mennonitische Rundschau (12 August 1925): 12.
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