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Oscoda County, MI U.S. Census TIGER/Line map
Oscoda County, MI, in the north-central part of the state, is the location of three groups of Mennonites: the large Fairview Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), the small Comins Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite), and the very small Old Order Amish group.

The Amish began to settle in Oscoda County soon after 1900 and rapidly built up to two congregations, both served by the same ministers. But soon a decline set in, and the group dwindled (1957) to 10 or 12 members. Three bishops have served: David Slabaugh, Jacob Gascho, originally of Canada; and Levi S. Troyer. Troyer's death in 1954 was a serious blow to the Amish congregation; Ezra Kauffman, unordained, was appointed to preach for the group. The Amish began to worship with the Fairview Mennonite Church (MC).

Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1959

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Wenger, John C. "Oscoda County (Michigan, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 30 Mar 2017.,_USA)&oldid=93215.

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Wenger, John C. (1959). Oscoda County (Michigan, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 30 March 2017, from,_USA)&oldid=93215.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 89. All rights reserved.

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