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T. M. (Tillman M.) Erb Diaries and Miscellaneous Materials


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T. M. (Tillman M.) Erb Diaries and Miscellaneous Materials, 1879-1991 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

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Title: T. M. (Tillman M.) Erb Diaries and Miscellaneous Materials, 1879-1991Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1879-1928

ID: HM1/525

Primary Creator: Erb, T. M. (Tillman M.) (1865-1929)

Extent: 1.2 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Flat

Subjects: Erb, T. M. (Tillman M.), 1865-1929, Mennonite Church - Clergy, Mennonites - Kansas

Forms of Material: Diaries

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These personal papers consist primarily of diaries kept by a minister, bishop, and school administrator of the (old) Mennonite Church in Kansas.  Erb's began keeping a diary at age 14 and continued the practice almost continuously until his death 50 years later.  Erb's diary entries are usually brief and discuss the weather, work, social gatherings, and events of note, such as the 1912 accident in which he was burned and one of his daughters was killed.  Other materials in these papers include scattered correspondence, materials pertaining to his pastoral work, and a 1991 paper about T. M. Erb.

Biographical Note

Tillman M. Erb, only son of Jacob B. and Leah Miller Erb, was born 3 November 1865, near Mt. Joy, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania He was descended from a Swiss-German family who had immigrated in the early 18th century. On 18 November 1886 he was married to Lizzie Ann Hess at Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Four sons and seven daughters were born to them, two dying in childhood. Allen, the oldest son, became a minister and bishop in the Mennonite Church and was active in the hospital work of the church. Paul, the second son, also a minister, taught at Hesston and Goshen colleges and became editor of the Gospel Herald in 1944. Erb’s formal education was interrupted after one year of high school. He and his wife joined the Pennsylvania Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) near Newton, Kansas, on 31 July 1887. He was ordained minister in 1893 and bishop in 1898. He was at various times moderator of the district conference. He was for many years a member of the Mennonite Board of Education and business manager of Hesston College and Bible School 1908-1929. He helped to establish missions in Kansas City and Wichita. His residences were Mt. Joy, 1865-1885; Newton, 1885-1889, 1894-1895, 1900-1910; Hesston, 1889-1894, 1910-1924; Harper, Kansas, 1895-1900. He was a businessman (creamery) and farmer (dairy) in addition to engaging in church and school work. As a community builder he served on the city councils in Harper and Hesston. His chief contribution was as an organizer of churches and institutions, particularly as the chief promoter of a church school in the West. He was severely burned in 1912, which was the indirect cause of his death on 25 January 1929. He is buried in the Pennsylvania Cemetery, Harvey County, Kansas.

Subject/Index Terms

Erb, T. M. (Tillman M.), 1865-1929
Mennonite Church - Clergy
Mennonites - Kansas

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 2 archives boxes and 1 half archives box

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Preferred Citation: T. M. (Tillman M.) Erb Diaries and Miscellaneous Materials, 1879-1928.  HM1-525.  Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

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