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Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.) Administration Records, 1945-2004

By Margaret Shetler and John Gingerich

Collection Overview

Title: Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.) Administration Records, 1945-2004

ID: PNO/IV-1.1.1

Creator: Western Mennonite School (Salem, Or.)

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: By series

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Records of a private Christian school assosciated with the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church, and later the Mennonite Church USA.  Materials are divided into four series: 

1) School Board minutes, 2) Faculty Meeting minutes, 3) Financial records and 4) Miscellaneous

Biographical Note

Western Mennonite School is a standard high school committed to the cause of training the youth of the Pacific Coast Conference (MennoniteChurch). A Committee appointed by the Conference in 1944 and composed of Milton R. Martin, Marcus Lind, and Gabriel D. Shenk, proposed that the Conference take necessary steps for opening and operating such a school. This proposal was accepted by Conference 21-22 June 1945. At this same time, Oregon passed the School Attendance Law that raised compul­sory school age to sixteen, a circumstance that cre­ated much pressure in favor of a church high school. In September 1945 classes were held in the Bellevue school building located between Sheridan and McMinnville, Oregon. In the second year school opened on the permanent campus located 10 miles north of Salem on the Wallace Road, Route 221. F. J. Gingerich of Canby, Oregon, was the first presi­dent of the school board, serving for six years. He donated 12 acres of land that comprise the immediate campus. Later the board purchased an additional 32 acres. Marcus Lind of Salem, Oregon, served as its first principal 1945-52, followed by Clayton Swartzentruber 1952-57, C. J. Ramer 1957-58, and E. L. Keen­er 1958-59. In the late 1950s the physical plant included an administration building with classrooms, boys' dormitory, dining hall, and chapel; girls' dormitory; auditorium-gymnasium; industrial arts building; and a new administration building. The enrollment in 1959-60 was 129, with Paul E. Yoder as principal. Address: 9045 Wallace Road NW, Salem, Oregon 97304; Phone: 503-363-2000; Fax: 503-370-9455.

Additional Information  School web site: http://www.westernmennoniteschool.org/

Swartzentruber, Clayton. "Western Mennonite School (Salem, Oregon, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 12 October 2012. http://www.gameo.org/encyclopedia/contents/western_mennonite_school.</span>

Administrative Information

Alternate Extent Statement: 9 archives boxes

Access Restrictions: These records are open for public research.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: School Board minutes, 1945-1999Add to your cart.
Box 1: School Board minutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Meetings 1-47, June 1945 to June 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meetings 48 to 124, August 1949 to June 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Meetings 125 to 178, July 1954 to June 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Meetings 178 to 224, July 1957 to June 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Meetings 225 to 290, July 1960 to June 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Meetings 291 to 333, July 1965 to May 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 7: New organization, June 1969 to June 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 8: July 1971 to June 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 9: July 1973 to June 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 10: School Board MembersAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: School Board reports to ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Box 2: School Board minutes, 1975-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 1: July 1975 to June 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 2: July 1977 to June 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 3: July 1979 to June 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 4: July 1981 to June 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: July 1983 to June 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 6: July 1985 to June 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 7: July 1987 to June 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 8: July 1989 to June 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 9: July 1991 to June 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 10: July 1993 to June 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: July 1995 to June 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 12: July 1997 to June 1999Add to your cart.
Series 2: Faculty Meeting minutes, 1948-1988Add to your cart.
Box 3: Faculty Meeting Minutes, 1948-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 1: September 10, 1948 to April 15, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 2: September 20, 1951 to August 4, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: September 7, 1953 to June 21, 1954Add to your cart.
Includes information regarding the 1953 drowning of three students; including December 1, 1953 Gospel Herald article "Tragedy at Western Mennonite School" by Max Yoder.
Folder 4: September 14, 1954 to July 7, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: September 26, 1955 to May 17, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 6: September 10, 1956 to May 24, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: October 4, 1957 to August 5, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 8: September 5, 1958 to May 25, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: September 3, 1959 to May 3, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: August 27, 1960 to  May 25, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: September 3, 1962 to May 13, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: September 2, 1962 to May 25, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: August 31, 1964 to June 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: September 2, 1965 to May 30, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 15: 1966-1967 School yearAdd to your cart.
Box 4: Faculty Meeting minutes, 1967-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1967-1968 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: 1968-1970 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: 1971-1972 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: 1972-1973 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: 1973-1974 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: 1974-1975 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: 1976-1977 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: 1977-1978 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: 1978-1979 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: 1979-1980 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: 1980-1981 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: 1983-1984 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: 1984-1885 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: 1985-1986 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: 1986-1987 school yearAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: 1987-1988 school yearAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Financial records, 1948-1979Add to your cart.
Box 5: Ledger records, 1948-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 1: School Board ledger records, receipts, 1948-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 2: School Board ledger disbursements, 1948-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General Journal, 1953-1954 and 1954-1955 with some 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: [no folder 4]Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Sales and receipts, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Check register, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 8: 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sales receipts, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Check register, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 11: 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Teachers accounts, 1956-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Expense Accounts, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Cash record, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 16: 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Payroll, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Payroll and miscellaneous accounts, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Box 6: Financial records, 1959-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 2: 1959-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Checks, 1960-1061Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Payroll summary, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 5: 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Cash received, 1960-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Expenditures, 1960-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Payroll, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Receipts, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Expenditures, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Expense accounts, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Checks drawn, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Dollar-a-Month club, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Cash receipts, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Check register, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Payroll, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Payroll, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Expenditures, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Cash in bank, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Payroll, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Accounts payable, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Check register, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Cash receiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Cash disbursements, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Accounts payable, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Box 7: Financial records, 1964-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Cash receipts, 1964-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Payroll, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Payroll, January 1965 to June 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cash disbursements, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Accounts payable, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Cash receipts, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Cash receipts, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Accounts Payable, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Accounts Payable, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Cash disbursements, 1966-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Budget Reports, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Budget Reports, 1977-1979Add to your cart.
Box 8: Financial records, 1965-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Salary schedules, 1965-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Notes payable, 1957-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: S & H Green Stamps, school bus drive, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Auction: advertising and information, 1973 - 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Auction: bidders’ numbersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Auction: miscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Shearson Lehman account, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Shearson Lehman account, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Shearson Lehman account, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Shearson Lehman account, 1987Add to your cart.
Series 4: Miscellaneous, 1953-2004Add to your cart.
Box 7: Miscellaneous, 1953-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous from the 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Journal entries, 1983-1984 and 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Journal entries, 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Student aid, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Congregational student aid, 1978-1979 to 1985-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Memory books remembering the three students who drowned, October 15, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photography club photos, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Early permitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Harvey Kropf estate papersAdd to your cart.
Box 8: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Development officeAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Chapel building-proposed plansAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous mailing listsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: School calendarsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Old stationeryAdd to your cart.
Box 9: Miscellaneous, 1959-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Long-range Planning Committee, 1959-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes, notes, etc., of Chapel Building Committee, 1988-1990/91Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Brotherhood (tuition) PlanAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Principal Search, 2004Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs of site preparation for present campusAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Early legal documents: warranty deed from Fred Gingerich; land agreement with Marcus LindAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: School Planning, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 8: History of the Western Mennonite School, student paper by Wayne Shenk, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: PCC School Board Educaational Conferences, 1952-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Auction information, 2000-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Vision for Excellence, 2000-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 12: PublicityAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Oren and Arlene Horst, V.S. agreement; 2000 Golf benefit; Eric Martin, 2000 administrative reportAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Marcus Lind on early history of WMS, 1984; Paul Erb: A look at Mennonite High Schools, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: School Board Minutes, July 2013 - June 2015Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Plans for Academic CenterAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: School Board Minutes, July 2015 - June 2017Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 2 Video Cassettes: "Growing Deep Roots" & "Vision for Excellence"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Name Change materials, 2018Add to your cart.
Name Change Letter to Congrergations and 12.10.2018 Mennonite World Review Article