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Accession #BC2018/1
TopicEel River Church of the Brethren: People and vicinity
TitleThe Brethren of Eel River, Kosciusko County, Indiana
LocationCOB Wire Rack In Sanctum, by accession number
CitationThe Brethren of Eel River, Kosciusko County, Indiana, BC2018/1, Archives and Church of the Brethren Collection, Funderburg Library, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana.
AccessResearchers are responsible for determining copyright status of archived materials where this is relevant to their intended use of the materials.
ProvenanceMike McKee
Scope and Content

#!. Pocket hymnal belonging to Elder Samuel Leckrone.  Evidence of ownership can be found by his signature on the first page, the hand writing being of this time period. Further, the owner states this hymnal was found in the bottom of a box of book purchased at the public auction of Elder Leckrone's grandson.

Samuel Leckrone (1848 - 19  ) was called to the ministry in the Eel River Church in 1876.  He was ordained in 1881 after the presiding elder went with the Old Order movement. He would serve for the next 30 years.

#2.  A History of the North Manchester Old German Baptist Church, by Walter A. Coning written in 1957.  A 22 page booklet outlining the history from Schwarzenau, Germany to the present day (1957). Inserted within this book's pages are photocopies of the newspaper article, "Henry Cripe, 90 Years Old, Recalls Early Day History."

#3. Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Brethren.  Also, Supplemental Minutes from 1876 to 1885, and Appendix, Designed for the Promotion of the Peace and Harmony of the Brotherhood, 1886.

#4. Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Old German Baptist Church (Classified), Designed for the Promotion of the Peace and Harmony of the Brotherhood, 1944.

#5. Copies of the Old German Baptist publication, The  Vindicator, 1880 - 1979 (incomplete). These copies were placed in the periodicals section of the IIS along with the other Vindicators.

#6. Stereoscope cards associated with people and places in the Eel River Brethren Community.  Mr. McKee's research indicates these photographic images were taken spontaneously around 1905.

These cards were purchased at public auction in North Manchester in 1990.

Produced by, "The American View Company, Claypool, Indiana."

A.  Ora E. Michael Family (1)  circa 1905 - including Nephew Russell, Ora, Rosa, Marie, Blanche, Robert, and Sarah Michael. [Note: even though image is identified as "Michaels" the correct name is "Michael."

B.  Ora E. Michael family (2) circa 1905, including: Nephew Russell, Ora, Marie, Blanche, Sarah, Rosa, Robert.

C. A gathering at the home of George Michael, circa 1905. George Michael (1837 - 1923) is standing in the back row - third person from the left.

D.  Sol (omon) Ulery (Ulrey) - Solomon Ulery - Solomon Ulrey, circa 1905.

E.  The home of David Metzger, 1/4 mile west of Packerton Road on County Road 1200 South, Kosciusko County, Indian, circa 1905.

F.  The home of Jacob Albert Metzger, circa 1905.

G.  The farm of Clay Fodge, circa 1905.

H.  The home of J. D. Fisher, circa 1905.

I.  The June Keister Family, circa 1905:

- June Keister, 1879 - 1965

- Martha Keister, 1879 - 1939

- Albert Loy Keister, 1901 - 1928

- Mary Keister, 1905 - 1952 

The Keister home was located 1/4 mile east of County Road 300 E on County Road 1300 S, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.

J.  The home and children of Isaac Metzger at the Isaac Metzger farm, circa 1905, located in Lake Township, Kosciusco County, Indiana, on County Road 1000 S, 1/4 mile east of County Farm Road.  Left to right: Homer Metzger, Hershal Metzger, Rena Metzger, Ethel Metzger, Oma Metzger, Jerome Metzger.

K.  Four people at the home of C. N. John. Calvin John, Lettie (Ulrey) John, circa 1905.  Location - State Road 13, 1/2 mile south of State Road 14, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.  [note:  even though image is labeled "Johns," the correct name is "John."]

L.  "Old Order Dunkard Church." Old German Baptist Brethren meeting House located at Packerton Road and County Road 1200 S, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, circa 1905.

M.  Ulrey Cemetery (at Eel River Church of the Brethren). The photographer is looking southeast at the Ulrey Cemetery at the Eel River German Baptist Church, State Road 14, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, circa 1905.

N.  "The Ulrey Church" (Eel River Church of the Brethren) circa 1905. This church was later knows as the Eel River Community Church of the Brethren, located on State Road 14, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.

O.  The Noah Landis Family, circa 1905, including: Percy, Lydia, Moyne, Noah, Ford, Paul, and Hugh.

P.  J. W. Heeter, circa 1905. [Mr. McKee's note on the photo's verso indicates that  this picture may have been mistakenly identified as J. W. Heeter, when it is more probable that this is  C. W. Heeter, with a residence located on the north-east corner of State Road 13 and County Road 1250 S in Jackson Township, Kosciusko County Indiana.] Mr. McKee identifies the individuals as Charles Webster Heeter [1867 - 1942], Carrie N. (Knoop) Heeter [1873 - 1929], and Wilbur C. Heeter [1898 - 1954].

Q.  Plunge Creek scenery taken at Ft. Jackson Township Drive, Kosciusko County, Indiana.

R.  "The Heidy Bridge Eel River," also known as "The Hidy Bridge," circa 1905. The bridge crossed the Eel River on County Road 700 E in Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, Indiana.  It was dismantled in the 1970's and replaced with a concrete bridge.

S.  Peter Michael [1846 - 1923], Hannah (Warner) Michael [1847 - 1913], Russell "Mike" Michael [1897 - 1985]. The residence is one mile south of Sidney on State Road #13 and 1/8 mile east on County Road 1000 S.

T.  Sol(omon) and Sarah Hay at their residence located on County Road 400 E, 1/2 mile north of County Road 1200 S, Jackson Township, Kosciusko County, IN.  Solomon Hay [1850 - 1934], Sarah (Metzger) Hay [1868 - 1921].

Date of Accession01 January 1980
Bio History Note

Note from donor accompanying his donation: The following is a list of items being considered for donation into the archives at Manchester University.  These items are associated with the Brethren movement into the North Manchester area beginning about 1835.  The owner has chosen Manchester University to place these items in hope of secure perpetuity.

Archivist NoteDescription by Mike McKee and edited by Jeanine Wine 1 March 2018.

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