James Valley Hutterite Colony (Elie, Manitoba, Canada)

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The James Valley Hutterite Bruderhof, four miles (6.5 km) south of Elie, Manitoba, was founded in Canada in 1918 because of Canada's more liberal provisions for conscientious objectors to military service. It was established by several families of the Milltown Bruderhof, 12 miles (20 km) southeast of Huron, South Dakota, with David Hofer their preacher. David Hofer was also one of the founders of Milltown, was chosen to the ministry there on 2 June 1907, and confirmed in the office on 10 October 1909. He died on 6 April 1941 in the James Valley Bruderhof at the age of 64. Peter Hofer was chosen preacher on 24 August 1919, and confirmed on 8 September 1935. In 1950 the colony had a total population of 128.

Daughter colonies of James Valley include: Miami (Miami, Manitoba); Riverdale (Gladstone, Manitoba); Spring Valley (Shilo, Manitoba); and Starlite (Starbuck, Manitoba).

In 2017 James Valley was a Group 2 Schmiedeleut colony. The minister was John Hofer and the manager was Edward Hofer.

Additional Information


Elie, Manitoba (coordinates: 49.836944, -97.755833 [49˚50′ 13″ N, 97˚45′ 21″ W])


Box 324, Elie, Manitoba, R0H 0H0

Switchboard Phone


Managers and Ministers

Manager Minister Years
Aaron Hofer John Hofer 1999
Aaron Hofer John Hofer 2006
Aaron Hofer John Hofer 2010
Edward Hofer John Hofer 2015
Edward Hofer John Hofer 2017

Author(s) David Decker
Bert Friesen
Date Published September 2017

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. "James Valley Hutterite Colony (Elie, Manitoba, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. September 2017. Web. 27 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=James_Valley_Hutterite_Colony_(Elie,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=160470.

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. (September 2017). James Valley Hutterite Colony (Elie, Manitoba, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=James_Valley_Hutterite_Colony_(Elie,_Manitoba,_Canada)&oldid=160470.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 70. All rights reserved.

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