Michael received his secondary education under Jacob Penner, was baptized by David Hamm in 1877, and followed his parents to Central Asia with Claas Epp in 1880 where he married Margaretha Jantzen. In 1885 Michael Klaassen and his wife came to North America, spending the first years in Beatrice, Nebraska. In 1894 they moved to Bessie, Oklahoma, where he was elected minister of the Sichar Mennonite (GCM) Church in 1896. In 1901 he was elected elder of the Herold Mennonite Church, which had been organized in 1899. For 17 years he taught German and Bible in the elementary school there. He was active as an itinerant minister in Oklahoma. Because of the hardships during World War I he, with a number of his church members, went to Morden, Manitoba in 1918, and organized another Herold Mennonite Church there.
GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.00 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2006.
Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen, 1902-1952, 2 vols. Steinbach, Manitoba: Derksen Printers, 1952: I, 128.
|Richard D. Thiessen|
|Date Published||February 2007|
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