Missed the Annual Meeting? View Those Talks Now

If you missed the annual meeting of the Casselman Historians, you can still view the five talks by clicking here (or going to the Photos/Audio/Video tab on the website) and scrolling down to the bottom of the page. They are:

  • David I Miller on International Relief Ministries and Casselman Valley Response before 1920
  • Phyllis Swartz on The Life of Alvin J. Miller – A Biographical Sketch
  • Kenton Yoder on Relief Work of Alvin J. Miller in France and Turkey 1919-1920
  • Lowell Bender on Opening the Door to Russia – 1921
  • Kenneth Sensenig on MCC Relief and Reconstruction Work in Russia 1921-1925

The audio didn’t come through on the video recordings, so I matched up the audio that was recorded separately to the existing video, which leaves some synchronization differences but hopefully won’t be too distracting.

Booklet by Jim Yoder now available on Casselman Historians website

Jim Yoder has contributed another valuable resource to the Casselman Historians website with the booklet he wrote and compiled. It is titled “From the Casselman Valley to Iowa Territory, 1846 – 1870.” You can click the link to read it and view the photos in it, many taken by Jim. Jim describes the purpose of the book this way:

In this booklet I have attempted to identify the Amish Mennonites who at one time lived in the Casselman Valley of Garrett County, MD, and Somerset County, PA, and eventually moved to Iowa Territory. The time frame is primarily from 1846 to 1870. Most were Amish Mennonite and some were German Baptist. Many, known as the second wave immigrants who came directly from Germany to Somerset County, PA, and Garrett County, MD, in the 1800s had intermarried with Amish Mennonites, Mennonites and German Baptists who had come to the Casselman Valley between the 1770s and 1790 primarily from eastern Pennsylvania. These groups from the Casselman Valley were well represented in Iowa. As an example, the New Germany, MD, settlement referred to in deeds as The Dutch Settlement had eleven Amish Mennonite families with ties to Hesse and Waldeck, Germany. They lived in New Germany from about 1828 to around 1856. Eight Amish Mennonite couples from New Germany eventually ended up in Iowa. These eight couples left New Germany with at least 33 children. They were: KPB John & ML2324 Salome (Miller) Kempf, 7 children. SE14 Daniel & SZD1 Helena (Swartzendruber) Shetler, 3 children. SZD Christian & Catherine (Kinsinger) Swartzendruber, 5 children. SZD4 Peter & HS1864 Barbara (Hochstetler) Swartzendruber, 4 children. SZ13 Jacob & Barbara (Oesch) Swartzendruber. SZ131 Joseph & BR6b Barbara (Brenneman) Swartzendruber, 5 children. SZ134 Frederick & YR23379 Sarah (Yoder) Swartzendruber, 1 child. SZB12 Christian & Catherine (Bergus) Swartzendruber (lived in Davis County, Iowa) 7 children. (Joseph and Barbara Swartzendruber were living near Bittinger, MD, when they moved to Iowa in 1856.)

Thanks, Jim, for this great contribution.

The Historians has a new web home

If you have arrived to this page, you have arrived at the Casselman Historians’ new website home. A couple of weeks ago our old site (amishmennonitehistorians.com) was hit with a vicious malware attack, and our web hosting service has done little to restore our site (though we paid for backup service in the event of such an attack). We’ve decided to go with a cheaper version (as in free!) instead of continuing to pay for the hosting that has turned out to be less than hospitable!

We think the new website casselmanhistorians.wordpress.com you are viewing will provide the same services the old one did. You can find the entire set of back issues of The Historian quarterly bulletins in pdf form on the “From the Archives” tab above as well as other archival materials.

A special note to subscribers and members: you will no longer be able to use your old username and password for access to the full range of The Historian pdfs. Instead, the new system with casselmanhistorians.wordpress.com is a password for the gated materials. Email me (Kevin Miller) or Alice Orendorf (find contact information in the Contacts tab above) for that password.

We will continue to rebuild the website over the next several months, including restoring the excellent blog posts from Keith Yoder that garnered high readership and appreciation, and I hope to work with David I. Miller and Jim Yoder and others to restore more content and photos that they contributed to the old website. If you have any materials that should be considered for the new Casselman Historians, please email me.  Thank you!