Bon Homme Hutterite Colony (Tabor, South Dakota, USA)

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Bon Homme, a Hutterite Bruderhof 20 miles (32 km) west of Yankton, Bon Homme County, South Dakota, founded in 1874. Preacher Michael Waldner reinstated communal living in Russia in 1859, supported by Jakob Hofer, who was later chosen preacher. But when Russia introduced universal military service these two preachers with several families immigrated to America and founded the first Hutterite Bruderhof in America. During a period of 74 years (1874-1948) this Bruderhof became the parent colony of thirty colonies in South Dakota and Manitoba, with a population of 2,767 souls, all born in the Bruderhofs. Michael Waldner died in 1889 and is buried here. Jakob Hofer moved out of this Bruderhof and founded the Milltown Bruderhof, where he died. Jakob Waldner, chosen as preacher at Bon Homme in 1875, died in the Milltown Bruderhof. Joseph Waldner, chosen as minister in 1880, died here in 1915. Michael Waldner, chosen as minister in 1907, died 1947, is also buried here. Joseph Wirz was chosen in 1945. There were 43 baptized members in a population of 108 in 1947.

Daughter colonies of Bon Homme Hutterite Colony include: Bon Homme (Elie, Manitoba); Cedar Grove (Platte, South Dakota); Spring Valley (Shilo, Manitoba); and Starlite (Starbuck, Manitoba).

In 2012 Bon Homme Hutterite Colony was a Schmiedeleut Group 2 colony. The minister was Alvin Stahl and the manager was Samuel Waldner.

Additional Information

Location: Tabor, South Dakota (coordinates: 42.863889, -97.706667 [42˚ 51′ 50″ N, 97˚ 42′ 24″ W])

Address: 31232 Colony Road, Tabor, SD 57063-6503

Phone: 605-463-2114


Map:Bonne Homme Hutterite Colony (Yankton, South Dakota)

Author(s) David Decker
Date Published March 2013

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Decker, David. "Bon Homme Hutterite Colony (Tabor, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2013. Web. 22 Sep 2018.,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=154341.

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Decker, David. (March 2013). Bon Homme Hutterite Colony (Tabor, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2018, from,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=154341.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 385. All rights reserved.

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