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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Diaries

Correspondence

Financial Records

Autobiographical Materials

Historical Memorandums

Sermon Notes

Church and Conference Affairs

Mennonite Publishing Company

Herald of Truth Articles

Manuscripts

Clippings and Tracts

A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials

Miscellaneous



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John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930 | Mennonite Church USA Archives

By Natasha Sawatsky-Kingsley

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Collection Overview

Title: John F. (John Fretz) Funk Papers, 1835-1930Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1852-1929

ID: HM1/001

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

Extent: 76.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: By series

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

Forms of Material: Autobiography, Correspondence, Diaries, Sermons

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

FINDING AID IN PROGRESS

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

Administrative Information

Repository: Mennonite Church USA Archives

Access Restrictions: Material is open to the public.

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

Preferred Citation: John Fretz Funk Papers, 1835-1930. HM1-1. Mennonite Church USA Archives. Elkhart, Indiana.

Processing Information: Papers processed, organized and listed by Sharon Klingelsmith, April 17, 1975.

Finding Aid Revision History: Box listing typed into computer and posted on web by Monical Zimmerman, June 27, 2001. Inventory of Boxes 1-50 typed in computer by Nelda Nussbaum, Marth 11, 2004. Inventory of Boxes 51-142 typed into computer by Helen Hostetler, January 2005.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]

Series 7: Church and Conference AffairsAdd to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Amish Mennonite Conference of Ohio and PennsylvaniaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Baptism and MarriageAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Boyertown Mennonite Church - Court CaseAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Caledonia MIchigan Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Conference AddressesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Conference of Mennonites of the SouthAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Conference Sermon, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Conference Sermon - Dan KauffmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Purpose of ConferencesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Conferences - Reports and MinutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Thoughts on ConferencesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Notes, Reports, and MinutesAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Constitution and Church OrderAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: General Conference Minutes, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 15: General ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: General Conference, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence about Resolution not to Support General Conference, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with Isaac EbyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Daniel Kauffman Letter to D.H. Bender, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Support of General ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: General Conference and Mennonite Publishing CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Holdeman, John M.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Illinois Conference, May 24, 1872Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Illinois Conference, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Kansas/Nebraska ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Lancaster ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Lancaster Conference - Herr and Ranck's visit to the WestAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Letter to Funk from Mo. MinistersAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: J.H. Oberholtzer Letter Regarding Church Action, August 29, 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 30: OM Admonition Regarding Swiss BrethrenAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Riley Creek Mennonite Church - John M. Christophel, 1883Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Virginia  Mennonite MinistersAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Brenneman, D.B., 1867-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Decision Regarding Dissension, October 17, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Difficulties, 1879Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Yellow Creek Conference Appeal, May 10, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Conference at Olive Church, October 11-12, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Home Conference at Yellow Creek, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Indiana Michigan Conference, October 10, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Funk Appeal to the Committee, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Home Conference at Yellow Creek, March 31, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Home Conference, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Indiana-Michigan Conference, October, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Ministerial Meeting Western District, 1922Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Charges Against Country MinistersAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Clinton Mennonite ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Holdeman Church - Elkhart SchoolsAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Beginnings of Indiana-Michigan ConferenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Indiana-Michigan Conference MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Greeting to Indiana Conference from FranconiaAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: Ministerial Meeting of Bishop District West of GoshenAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: S.S. Steiner - Commissioned to Distribution of TractsAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Yellow Creek Church AccountAdd to your cart.
Box 50Add to your cart.
Item 1: Record of Where Visiting Needs to be DoneAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Notes Regarding Individuals and MPC AccountsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Notes Regarding IndividualsAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Notes on Repentance, Conversion, etcAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Conference at Holdeman Meeting House, 1885Add to your cart.
Item 6: Bishops Council; Shore Ch.; Hershberger, LehmanAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Book of Instruction; Church TroublesAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Public School Tablet/Conference Notes, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Church Membership of Students at the Elkhart InstituteAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Elkhart Trouble - Statements about DifficultiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Elkhart Trouble, March 27, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Elkhart Institute Correspondence, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Elkhart Trouble - Reconciliation in the ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Elkhart Trouble - Relations with Amish MennonitesAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Elkhart Institute Split with Prairie Street ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Elkhart Institute - Funk MemosAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Elkhart Institute and General Conference Funk StatementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: John Horsch Church LetterAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Betzner and Horsch Letters - Trouble Between Funk and the DeaconAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Council Meeting (Funk Excluded)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Church Council Meeting of MembersAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Elkhart Institute GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Charges Against Elkhart Institute GroupAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Funk ConfessionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Charges Against Funk - Letter by Christian ShaumAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Funk's Answer to ChargesAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Letter from Bishops Outside ElkhartAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Opinions of Church MembersAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Proposed Plan for Settling Elkhart DifficultyAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Letter of H.A. Mumaw, April, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Statement of Difficulty Week Ending, April 26, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Petition to Reinstate FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Charges Against J.S. LehmanAdd to your cart.
Box 51Add to your cart.
Item 1: Opinions of Members Regarding DivisionAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Commission on Reconciliation, 1901Add to your cart.
Item 3: List of IndividualsAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Elkhart TroubleAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Examination - Personal ExpressionsAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Charges and GrievancesAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Elkhart Institute Miscellaneous NotesAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Counsel, October, 1900Add to your cart.
Item 9: List of IndividualsAdd to your cart.
Item 10: Miscellaneous NotesAdd to your cart.
Item 11: List of Individuals, 1905Add to your cart.
Item 12: Elkhart TroubleAdd to your cart.
Item 13: Miscellaneous NotesAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Elkhart Membership Record, 1903-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Charges against A.B. KolbAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Confessions DemandedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Letter to Daniel Kauffman about Charges Against FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Charges against LambertAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Confessions (Young People's Paper List)Add to your cart.
Folder 20: P.Y. LehmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Daniel KauffmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: J.S. LehmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: J.S. Lehman, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence, 1895-1899Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence, 1900-1901Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence, 1902-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 27: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Elkhart Church HistoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Elkhart Baptismal Services - Sermon by Daniel KauffmanAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Elkhart Church Building Fund - PledgesAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Elkhart Church - Debt on MeetinghouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Elkhart Church Funk Sermon, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Elkhart Church Preaching ScheduleAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Elkhart Institute MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Prairie Street Cemetery FormsAdd to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sunday School Record Book - Visitation Work in Chicago, 1862-1864Add to your cart.
Item 2: Sunday School Record Book - SuperintendentsAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Sunday School Record Book - White Brick Sunday School Record, 1916-1922Add to your cart.
Item 4: Sunday School Record Book - Record of Indiana Sunday School Teachers, 1898Add to your cart.
Item 5: Sunday School Record Book - Superintendents and Teachers in the United StatesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Sunday School Record Book - Mennonite Sunday School Library Record, 1889-1893Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Sunday School Record Book - Letter to EditorAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Amish Mennonite Sunday School Conference, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Conference at West Union Church Iowa, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Conference in Kansas, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Conference of Indiana-MichiganAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Meeting in Slate Hill, PA, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Reunion of Kansas and Nebraska, 1895Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Union of Logan and Champaign Co. Ohio, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Letter to Editor regarding Jos. MetzlerAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Sunday School Reports and Articles - MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Sunday School Reports and Articles - "Our Sunday School Work" by FunkAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Sunday School Reports and Articles - The Parent and Sunday School WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Addresses and EssaysAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Effective WorkAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Infant/Primary ClassesAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Purpose and InfluenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Sunday School and the ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Sunday School Reports and Articles - IndianaAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Lesson AidsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Needs and HinderancesAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Workers QualificationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Sunday School Reports and Articles - ResponsibilityAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Sunday School Reports and Articles - Temperance and use of NarcoticsAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Sunday School Reports and Articles - "What do we gain by a Sunday School Conference"Add to your cart.
Box 72Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Bericht der Conferenz, Wayne County Ohio, May 17, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Conference ReportAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Church Problems and Charges Against PersonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Replies to Questionaire on General Conference, 1894Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Mennonite Board of GuardiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Mennonite Board of GuardiansAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Mennonite Church RecordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Reply to CriticismAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Diaries, 1852-1926],
[Series 2: Correspondence, 1853-1928],
[Series 3: Financial Records, 1875-1925],
[Series 4: Autobiographical Materials],
[Series 5: Historical Memorandums],
[Series 6: Sermon Notes],
[Series 7: Church and Conference Affairs],
[Series 8: Mennonite Publishing Company],
[Series 9: Herald of Truth Articles],
[Series 10: Manuscripts],
[Series 11: Clippings and Tracts],
[Series 12: A.B. Kolb Correspondence and Materials],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],
[All]


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