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The menu system utilized to access the books can be difficult to understand.  It could have been simpler in design, if only the various books themselves had fallen into one larger overriding category.  Such, however, is not the case.  This site will eventually house books covering those states for which there have been district histories and other more generalized books.

In the case of the various district histories there are many states that are split into three, or more, districts.  Pennsylvania has four districts: Eastern, Middle, Southern and Western.  And, each district may have more than one published history; such as the 1920 and 1955 histories for the Southern District of Ohio.  Thus there will be under the District menu link (when it is created) a link for Ohio > Southern District > 1920 as well as a 1955 menu item.  The menus will be logical in nature so that should be fairly easy to follow.

Such may not be the case for other Brethren historical works.  For instance, as of this writing there are two books online, The Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Brethren — 1778 - 1917 and Some Who Led — Or — Fathers in the Church of the Brethren Who Have Passed Over.  One book is a biographical work while the other is non-biographical in nature.  Thus under the General menu link there will be a sub-menu item for each, Biographical and Non-biographical.

The only other envisioned menu item is one entitled "Congregational," or named something alike it, for the various and numerous congregations for which there are published histories.

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  • History – Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico & Louisiana, page 6

    Thirty-One Years of Organized Work in Oklahoma,
    Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana by
    Church of the Brethren from 1891 to 1922

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    lowship with His children, our brothers; the fantastic kind in which a fanatical leader has his people under such a spell that they will believe and do whatever his (or her) overzealous mind and soul suggests. If he says help the poor, they do it without question; if he says, stand on your head or fall on the floor and roll around or beat your head into insensibility, they try to do it as near as they can according to his plan. For some the church is everything, in everything, for everything and by everything. For others the church doesn't mean anything. As one man expressed it, "I used to be a member of the church but I have been converted out of it." They claim not to believe in any organization whatever. They have no church houses because they don't believe in such while some do not have church houses from lack of funds. For some the physicians are fakirs and they depend upon the Lord for their healing. They believe in the Lord 's healinlg power so strongly that some have neglected the necessary sense things so much that children have suffered untold agonies while their friends (?) knelt in prayer for them to be saved. In many places laws have been enacted and enforced making such fanatical practices a crime. A boy whose arm was broken was neglected until neighbors took him to Enid and cared for him after his arm was almost past setting. A child in Eastern Oklahoma would cry and go on till it could be heard in the road by passersby and parents and friends only tried to pray louder. A child near May, Oklahoma, having sores on the body so many and severe that the clothes had to be pulled loose each time

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  • The History… of the Potsdam Congregation, Page 8

    The History of the Potsdam Congregation
    of the Church of the Brethren

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    years, the school was held on Sunday afternoons. In the early 1940’s Evelyn [Spitler] Honeyman assisted by Ruby [Minnich] Ingle created the Junior Sunday School. Deacons Those known prior to the 1923 organization: Benjamin & Magdalena [Welbaum] Longanecker Adam & Hester [Haines] Pfeiffer, 1888 Granville W. & Malinda [Hershey] Minnich, 1894 Joseph & Mary [Ditmer] Ruble, 1901 John & Mary [Ganger] Heckman, 1914 Perry & Satia [Flowers] Hoke A. J. & Arra [Norris] Johnston Boyd & Mina [Thompson] Miller And after: Foster Myers, 1925 Noah & Georgia [Carson] Shanck, 1925 Arthur & Treva [Hoke] Brumbaugh, 1927 Harry & Blanche [Oda] Delk, 1927 Calvin & Edna [Shanck] Minnich, 1927 Elmer & Lola [Ditmer] Heck, 1939 Harris & Esther [Rinehart] Shanck, 1939 Harold & Mary [Flory] Spitler, 1943 Emerson & Thelma [Huff] Ditmer, 1946 Dale & Maxine [Brehm] Fasnacht, 1946 Robert L. & Dorothy [Myers] Honeyman, 1946 Franklin & Pauline [Ganger] Baker, 1950 Lester & Esther [Baker] Hall, 1950 Harry & Naomi [Robbins] Hutcheson, 1950 Alva & Naomi [Heisey] Petry, 1950 Robert & Janet [Myers] Delk, 1957 Gerald & Velma [Byers] Heck, 1957 Bernie & Alice [Ditmer] Cassell, 1969 John & Betty [Rowan] Hutcheson, 1969 Donovan & Jean [Myers] Besecker, 1983 Don & Arlene [Brumbaugh] Evans, 1983 Duane & Joyce [Myers] Weikert, 1983 Dewayne & Donna [Hollinger] Heck, 1991 Gene & Judy [Anthony] Miller, 1991 Gary & Brenda [Cassell] Shiverdecker, 1991 Ray & Sharon [Bright] Fellows, 1995 Robert & Kathy [Werts] Stringer, 1995 Marvin & Mary [Freeman] Weikert, 1995

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  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 227

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

    The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 227 [Click for larger image]The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, Vol. XI, No. 3 (Jan., 1904), page 227

    at the house of an Englishman named Collins,* who requested more services, which must be held in English; above, at the South Fork, I preached in English and German at the house of Matthias Jochem.† English as well as German people implored me to stay with them for some time, at least for two weeks. They also asked for more visits. In all Virginia I did not find another place like the South Branch, where I felt that the Gospel had such free course among the people. They were exceedingly well satisfied with my sermon. They like Bro. Schnell very much and would be pleased to see him again.‡ If anyone is to visit them and preach for them, he should erect his pulpit at least in four or five places, and take not less than two months for it, because it would be well to preach at these places several times in succession. The summer is the best time to visit these people, for the river is then low and can easily be forded, so that people can attend the meetings. Spring and fall are not so suitable. III. CHANADOR [SHENANDOAH]. This is also a large river, running over 100 miles before it empties into the "Potomik." In the first twenty to thirty miles from the great South mountains, in which the "Chanador" rises, no settlers live.§ The first people, whom I found, were English. They asked me to preach for them. A few miles further several German families, about nine of them, live together. I visited some of them and spoke particularly with one man. * John Collins had settled on land in the vicinity of Moorefield, Hardy county, before 1748. Washington stayed over night with him on April 9, 1748. See J. E. Norris' History of the Lower Shenandoah Valley. p. 63. † The same person as Matthias Joachim, mentioned by Schnell in 1749. See last number of this MAGAZINE. Vol. XI. p. 119. ‡ Rev. Leonhard Schnell had preached here July 19. 1747. as will be shown by his diary of that year to be published later. § This statement is not clearly understood. The head waters of both the North and South branches of the Shenandoah are in Augusta and Rockingham counties. South mountain is the old name for the Blue Ridge in the upper Valley of the Shenandoah, and the missionary must have intended to say that there were few German settlers in that section of the Valley. which was the seat of the Scotch-Irish settlements.

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