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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Photographs


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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Photographs, 1860-1952 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

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Collection Overview

Title: John F. (John Fretz) Funk Photographs, 1860-1952Add to your cart.

ID: HM4/154

Primary Creator: Funk, John F. (John Fretz) (1835-1930)

Extent: 4.5 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: flat

Subjects: Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930, Mennonite Publishing Co. (Elkhart, Ind.)

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains photographs of John F. Funk, family members, friends, the Mennonite Publishing Company, Elkhart buildings and parks, and several photograph albums from as early as 1860 to 1952.

Biographical Note

Funk was an outstanding leader in the Mennonite Church, and served as a publisher, a Mennonite bishop, and was a major organizer of Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian immigration.

John Fretz Funk, 1835-1930, was one of the most important leaders among (Old) Mennonites in the 19th century.  He served as a publisher beginning in 1864-, a Mennonite Bishop beginning in 1892, and was a major organizer of the Mennonite Board of Guardians for Russian Mennonite immigrants in the 1870?s.

Funk was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and lived there until he was 22 years old.  He was trained as a school teacher at Freeland Seminary (now Ursinus College).  He taught in his home community, but after two years, he moved to Chicago in 1857 to work in the lumber business with his brother-in-law, Jacob Beidler.

In January of 1864, John Funk started a printing and publishing business in Chicago.  He decided to move himself and his publishing house to Elkhart, Indiana, in 1867, after ten years in Chicago.  John Funk lived the rest of his years in Elkhart.  He belonged to the Prairie Street Mennonite Church and was buried there in 1930.  He died at the age of 95.

Funk's well-known Herald of Truth was published in Elkhart at the Mennonite Publishing Company.  In 1908 "the Herald," as it was called, merged with the Gospel Witness to create the Gospel Herald, which was published in Scottdale until 1998.  Also published by Funk were Mennonitische Rundschau, and Mennonite Sunday School Quarterly.  In 1908 Funk sold many of his publications to the Mennonite Church and the Publication Board in Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

Dutch-Russian Mennonites met Funk as they passed through Elkhart and Prairie Street Mennonite Church on their way to new homes in Minnesota, Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.  John Funk was an organizer and supporter of the Mennonite Board of Guardians, an agency to assist Mennonites to immigrate from Russia to America in the 1870s.

Subject/Index Terms

Funk, John F. (John Fretz), 1835-1930
Mennonite Publishing Co. (Elkhart, Ind.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 archive boxes

Access Restrictions: These materials are open for public research.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

Appraisal Information: Unidentified photographs were discarded in May, 2013.

Preferred Citation: John F. (John Fretz) Funk Photographs, 1860-1952. HM4-154. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: John F. Funk Portraits, 1862-1925Add to your cart.
Folder 2: John F. Funk, circa 1860 (?)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: John F. Funk with Sunday School Boys, circa 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 4: John F. Funk with Daughter, Martha (?), circa 1865Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Salome Kratz Funk, 1910-1913Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Mennonite Publishing Company and Employees, circa 1886-1900Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Funk Family Photographs, 1896, 1899, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: John Kolb (grandson of John Funk [?]), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Maria Bouman Kolb, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: J. S. Coffman Family Portrait, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Clemons Kolb (son of A.B. Kolb), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Webber Family Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Bowman Family Reunion at J. C. Kolb's Home (Berlin, Canada), undated [?]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 18th St. Mission Workers, Chicago, circa 1894-1895Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Aid Plan Meeting in Minnesota [?], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: A. B. and Phoebe Funk Kolb, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Mennonite Choral Society of Elkhart Institute, undatedAdd to your cart.

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