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Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church – Marquette, MB

Proper Title

Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church fonds

Dates of Creation


Physical Description

5 cm of textual records and 1 microfilm reel

Administrative History

The Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church traces its beginning to 1925, when a number of recently arrived Mennonite families from the Soviet Union bought farms between Poplar Point and Marquette in Manitoba. After worshiping with an Alliance group for a several years, the group elected Johann Thiessen as a leader in 1935 and proceeded to build their church. It became a member of the Manitoba Provincial and the Canadian conferences.

The families were poor and the Marquette church was also never very strong. They were often serviced by preachers from the North End Mennonite Brethren Church of Winnipeg. During the 1940s, they lost a number of families who moved to Ontario or British Columbia for economic reasons. A few newly arrived Mennonite immigrant families joined after World War II. In 1954, they had 23 members.

The Church dissolved around in 1978 and its members were encouraged to transfer their membership to the Elmwood (formerly North End) Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg.

Leaders of the church included: Isaak Penner (1933–1938), Jacob Esau (1938–1939), Peter Epp (1939–1942), Johann Thiessen (1942–1943), Isaak Penner (1943–1951), Franz Falk (1951–1953), Nick Thiessen (1953–1978).

The language of worship was German.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of a historical sketch, congregational meeting minutes, financial ledgers and a receipt book.

Custodial History

Some of the materials were microfilmed through the work of the Historical Commission of the Mennonite Brethren Conference.


  • Volume 439.
  • Formerly classified under the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches inventory BC516.
  • Finding aid consists of a series description and a file list.
  • Finding aid for microfilm: R86, pp 217–350.
  • Microfilm file list adapted from a previous finding aid by Leslie Wiebe June 2003.
  • Historical sketch updated by Alf Redekopp and Jon Isaak, April 2020.

Series Descriptions

I. Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church history.
1 mm of textual records.

  • This series consists of information for a historical sketch.
  • Finding aid: Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 1.

II. Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church congregational minutes.
1 cm of textual records and 133 pp (microfilm).

  • This series consists of congregational meeting minutes.
  • Finding aid: Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 2.
  • microfilm R86, pp 217–350.

III. Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church ledgers.
3 cm of textual records.

  • This series consists of treasury and financial ledges and a receipt book.
  • Finding aid: Marquette Mennonite Brethren Church file list no. 3–5.

File List

Volume 439

  1. History. -- 1974.
  2. Congregational Minutes. -- 1953–1978.
  3. Financial Ledger. -- 1956–1971.
  4. Treasury Ledger. -- 1970–1972.
  5. Receipt Book. -- 1970–1971.

Microfilm file list

Reel 86

  • Congregational Meeting Minutes (Book I). – Oct.1953–Set.1978. – pp. 217–350.
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