Historic Photos, Audio, & Video


ACAPELLA SINGING: THE MOUNTAIN ANTHEMS
The website for The Mountain Anthems states that the chorus was begun in the 1950s when “Menno Beachy, the founder of the chorus and 1st director was asked to start a singing school to teach music rudiments to the young people.” The members are from the Mountain View Mennonite Church in Salisbury, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Here they sing “The Lord Is My Light.”

Mountain Anthems list of singers
List of singers from the album “‘Til the Storm Passes By,” directed by Menno Beachy. The address on the album cover is R.D.1 Somerset Co., Salisbury, Pa. 15558.

ACAPELLA SINGING: THE IVAN J. MILLER FAMILY
Ivan J. (1911-1989) & Della (Bender) (1913-2004) Miller singing “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” from the “Our Family Sings” album recorded in the 1950s in Grantsville, Maryland.

Ivan J Miller family photo
Left to Right (Back Row): Miriam, Esther, David & Erma (Bender), Rachel, Joanna. Left to Right (Front Row): Philip, Dorcas, Della (Bender) & Ivan J. Miller, Ruth

ACAPELLA SINGING: CHERRY GLADE MENNONITE MEN’S CHORUS
The Cherry Glade Mens’ Chorus of the Cherry Glade Mennonite Church in Accident, Maryland, was begun in 1965. The album cover for the “In the Garden” (their second album) stated that because about a third of the men in the choir were farmers, “much responsibility for farm chores falls on wives and children while the men are on tour. Elmer H. Maust, Bishop and Pastor of the Cherry Glade Church has served as director since its beginning. He is now assisted by Leonard Orendorf, also of the same church.”

Cherry Glade Mennonite Church Men's Chorus


AUDIO RECORDING OF CHRISTIAN W. BENDER
Christian W Bender
Prayer by CW Bender (1875-1962), bishop of Casselman River Congregations. Click here for the audio recording, details of the setting, and a transcript of his words.


THE AMISH MENNONITE PRACTICE OF THE LOT FOR SELECTING MINISTERS: AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH DAVID I. MILLER
A conversation with his son about how and why the lot was used in ordaining ministers, including recollections from boyhood of his father being selected for the ministry. Correction: Simon Schrock, instead of Lewis Overholt, should have been named as under assignment of the Beachy Amish Mennonites in Germany at the time of ordination for that work.


VIDEO ON CONSERVATIVE MENNONITE CONFERENCE HISTORY
Three Casselman River area congregations belong to the Conservative (Amish) Mennonite Conference: Cherry Glade, Oak Dale, and Maple Glen. Here is a retrospective of the conference’s history at its centennial in 2010. It includes individuals from those three congregations. Video produced by Phyllis Swartz, narrated by Ryan Freed.


ALVIN H. YODER PHOTOS
Click here to go to the albumsClick on the picture at left to go to the website of James L. Yoder to see the Alvin H. Yoder (1902 – 1993) photo albums (1 & 2), including photos of Amish Mennonites from the 1800s collected by Alvin in his retirement years. The photos are from the Casselman Valley.


SLIDES OF TWO IMMIGRANT FAMILIES: DANIEL YUTZY & JACOB OTTO

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JAMES (JIM) L. YODER VIDEO SLIDE SHOW ON EARLY IMMIGRANTS FROM HESSE AND WALDECK, GERMANY, TO THE CASSELMAN VALLEY


KARL WESTMEIER, ORIGINALLY FROM WALDECK, GERMANY, BUT NOW GRANTSVILLE, MARYLAND: “PICTURE POSTCARDS FROM WALDECK” (Sept. 20, 2013)


KARL WESTMEIER: “Struggle for Purity of Faith and Practice” (Sept. 21, 2013)




KARL WESTMEIER: “Rules for Christian Living” (Sept. 21, 2013)


IVAN J. MILLER: Sermon on the Resurrection given at Conservative Mennonite Conference in Pigeon, Michigan in 1950. 


OREN BENDER of Accident Maryland and Cherry Glade Mennonite Church speaking at Conservative Mennonite Conference in 1969 on father-son relationships.


ALVIN J. MILLER (1883 – 1981): Reading Psalm 90 in German and English


DAVID I. MILLER: Pre-MCC Mennonite Relief Work following WWI. Presented at the annual meeting of the Casselman Historians, Sept. 20, 2019 at Maple Glen Mennonite Church.


PHYLLIS MILLER SWARTZ: A Short Biography of Alvin J. Miller. Presented at the annual meeting of the Casselman Historians, Sept. 20, 2019


LOWELL BENDER: Alvin J. Miller in Ukraine and Russia. Presented at the annual meeting of the Casselman Historians, Sept. 21, 2019


KENNETH SENSENIG: MCC Relief and Reconstruction Work in Russia. 1921-1925 – Assistant Executive Director of MCC East Coast


KENTON YODER: Early Relief Work of Alvin J. Miller in France and Turkey 1919-1920