Rolette County Old Order Amish Settlement (Rolette County, North Dakota, USA)
Rolette County (North Dakota) Old Order Amish Settlement, now extinct. In the spring of 1894 four Amish families and an unmarried man left their homes in Lagrange County, Indiana, and moved to Rolette County, North Dakota—John D. Bontrager, Rudolph A. Yoder, Joni Hershberger, Moses H. Hochstetler, and John A. Yoder. Four of these soon left the community. In 1895-1900 a number of Amish came to North Dakota, among them Eli J. Bontreger, who had been ordained in Indiana, until by 1900 there were some fifty families located there. Ministers ordained there were Eli D. Weirich 1895, Moses S. Miller 1907, Eli N. Hochstetler 1900, Reuben L. Bontrager 1901, Daniel J. Miller 1902, Moses M. Yoder and Rudolph A. Yoder 1903, Jacob Graber 1907. In June 1901 Eli J. Bontreger was ordained bishop, but moved to Wisconsin in 1910. By that time a number of families including some of the ministers had moved away. Other ordinations were as follows: Abraham Gingerich 1910, Jacob Graber (died 1921), bishop 1913; Abraham Gingerich (died 1930), bishop 1922; John C. Gingerich was ordained 1930; Mahlon Yoder 1932, bishop 1935; and Amos Graber 1937. About 1930 Dan Coblentz, a deacon, moved in from Montana. The other ministers all moved away. Until 1938 the former bishop Eli J. Bontreger returned occasionally to help in the church. After 1938 conditions arose that caused more and more families to leave; in 1948 preaching services were discontinued.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 353. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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