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David Stoesz family fonds . – 1862-1948. -- 69 cm of textual records.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:

David Stoesz (1842-1903) was born in Schoenthal , Bergthal Colony, Russia as the youngest child of Jacob Stoesz and Barbara Wiens. In 1862, he married Maria Wiebe. He was elected as a minister in the Bergthal Colony in 1869. This family settled in Manitoba, on the Mennonite East Reserve in 1874. David Stoesz was elected to serve as assistant Bishop of the Chortitzer Mennonite Church in Manitoba in 1879. In 1882, he succeeded Bishop Gerhard Wiebe. Bishop David Stoesz served the church with communion, baptisms and ordinations in various communities including Fargo , North Dakota and Saskatchewan . He carried on extensive correspondence with family and friends in these areas. He is buried in the Bergthal village cemetery. His wife, Maria, died in 1912.

David M. Stoesz (1870-1934) was the son of David Stoesz (1842-1903). He came to Canada in 1874, and settled in the village of Bergthal on the East Reserve. He married Agatha Kehler (1870-1952) in 1890. In 1891, David and Agatha moved to the Mennonite West Reserve where he bought 80 acres of good farm land, and was a resident of the village of Gnadenfeld . David M. Stoesz was elected as a minister in the Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in 1912. In 1922, he emigrated to Mexico with portions of the Sommerfeld Mennonite church and founded the Santa Clara Colony. Dissatisfied with life in Mexico, he and his family returned to Canada within a year and settled in the village of Kronsthal , Manitoba.

The David Stoesz family in Manitoba was an influential family with brother Cornelius W. Stoesz (1869-1925) a minister and brother Jacob Stoesz the Brandaeltester (fire chief). The female siblings also moved to Manitoba while brother Johann moved to Mountian Lake , Minnesota and brother Peter remained in Russia .

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:

            The records have come to the Mennonite Heritage Centre archives in seven deposits. The first donation was the David M. Stoesz funeral sermon, brought by William and Trudy Harms of Altona, Manitoba in 1985 (Trudy was the granddaughter of David M. Stoesz.) The second donation was by W.J. Kehler, which included a cemetery index and a "General School Decree" (translated from the German "Allgemeine Schulverordnung". The third and largest, donation was made by William and Trudy Harms in 1988 and included Bishop David Stoesz' diary, sermons and other material. When son David M. Stoesz received the material from his father he continued to use the sermons and may have at times added to them. The fourth deposit came via Dennis Stoesz, archivist in Goshen, in August 1998. It consisted of an 1835 edition of the writings of Menno Simons which David Stoesz purchased in 1861. Dennis Stoesz had received this item from George Unger, a Stoesz descendant. The fifth deposit was added through the acquisition of a file in the Christian Heritage Library collected by David and Trudy Schellenberg of Winkler. The sixth deposit is a translation of 9 sermons (eight from the Stoesz family) compiled by Donald Stoesz. In 2004 Jake Wiens created a detailed listing of some of the contents in volume 1561-1563. In 2004, historian Delbert Plett deposited Stoesz family correspondence and in 2014 David Harms, son of William Harms deposited a song book that was owned by David Stoesz.

SCOPE AND CONTENT:

            This fonds consists of four series. They include 1) David Stoesz materials and 2) David M. Stoesz materials. 3) Agatha Stoesz materials.  4) Jacob W. Stoesz materials.   The contents of the materials conists of sermons and diaries. Other materials include correspondence, church material. Some of the material has been microfilmed. See Microfilm # 91.  The mateials give insight to the very early pioneering years in Manitoba including church and community life.

NOTES:

The majority of the materials are original documents in Gothic German handwriting.

Described by Conrad Stoesz July 1999. Updated by Sharon H.H. Brown, December, 2002 and partial file list added by Conrad Stoesz February 24, 2003, updated November 28, 2005, November 3, 2006, August 27, 2007, September 17, 2007Rodger Toews April 2014, and Conrad Stoesz May 26, 2014.

Finding aid: Inventory file list.

Location: Volume 1559, 1560, 3931:5, 1561-1563, 2121:3, 5267: 28, 5741, 5742 Micorfilm #91

Accession nos.

85-39; 85-42; 88-050; 99-021; 97-150, 04-039, 05-087, 05-043, 07-061, 14-015

Related material:

A.D. Stoesz fonds, C.G. Stoesz fonds, Microfilm #91, George Unger fonds, Jake Peters collection

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS:

David Stoesz. -- 1834, 1862, 1872-1896. -- 19 cm of textual records.

           

This series contains a dairy by David Stoesz (1842-1903), correspondence several sermons, a wedding invitation from the Bergthal Colony, an early school organization record, handwritten book of hymn melodies, and a few books. Of special interest is a book bought by David Stoesz in 1861, published in 1834, originally written by Menno Simons and published in 1575.

Most of the documents are in German Gothic handwriting.

Realted Material: Volume 5269:52. Correspondence from Mapleton, North Dakota (Fargo ND) to Aeltester David Stoesz 1881-1895.

Location: Volumes1559;1560; 3931:5, 5741

David M. Stoesz -- 1908, 1913-1934. -- 38 cm of textual records.

            This series includes sermons written and preached by David M. Stoesz (1870-1934), wedding and funeral invitations, correspondence from Manitoba, Mexico, Texas, Minnesota, Brazil, and lists of baptisms performed and church meeting places.

The documents are mostly in German Gothic handwriting.

Location: Volumes 1561-1563. See also Vol. 2121:2.

Agatha Stoesz . -- 1948. -- 1 cm of textual records.

            This series consists of a copy of a memoir by Agatha Stoesz (1870-1952). She is the daughter of Jacob Kehler and Katharina Penner. On Dec 30, 1890, she married David M. Stoesz and together they had three sons and one daughter.

Location: Volume 5267:28.

Jacob W. Stoesz. -- 1898 – 1945. -- 4 cm of textual records.

  This series includes correspondence including from Jakob Dueck to Jacob Stoesz (1872 – 1939) in regards of Dueck's Waisenamt debt. Also included are tax records, school scribblers, conscientious objector certificate, and other documents of Jacob Stoesz. There are also some documents of his son, Jacob R. Stoesz (1911 - ).

Location: Volume 5742.

Partial File List:

Volume 1559

1: Die Fundament, book written by Menno Simons. This edition in 1834. It was purchased by David Stoesz in 1861 in Schoenthal, bergthal colony, Russia. This book reveals more about his reading material and what he may have been thinking when it came to theology. There are a few notes in the front and an X on page 65.  Note: other books used by David Stoesz include: Christliches Gemüthsgespräch vom Seligmachen Glauben für die Jugend. Katechismus, 1889.

1a. translation of David Stoesz diary and sermon. -- 1985.

2: David Stoesz diary.

3: David Stoesz sermon (original) Zum beseitigung eines Aeltesten. -- 1882, 1894. This sermon by David Stoesz was used to ordain Johann Funk and Abraham Doerksen.-- Note: see Jake Peters collection volume 5268 file 12 for translation.

4: David Stoesz sermon Ernte Predigt über den text Jeremiah. -- 1871-1877.

5: David Stoesz untitled sermon. -- [ca. 188-].

6: David Stoesz untitled sermon. -- [ca. 188-].

7: David Stoesz Ein Heft fur verschiedener eigen gemählt under verschidener gedichte auf verschidene Nünde. -- Bergthal 1893.

8: David Stoesz sermon Taüf Predigt. -- 1881-1902.

9: David M. Stoesz sermon Charfreitags Predigt über den text John 19:28-30. -- [19-?].

10: [David Stoesz?] sermon Oster Predigt der aufs fest der auferstehung Jesu Christi uber den text heilige worte Mark 16: 1-8. -- 1892.

11: [David Stoesz} sermon Ersten Predigt ueber die textes Worte Jeremiah 5: 22-24. -- 1889-1901.

12: [David Stoesz?] Predigt uber der wortes Psalm 116:12-14. -- 1886-1897.

13: [David Stoesz?] Predigt uber Luke 15:8-10. -- 1880-1899.

14: [David Stoesz?] untitled sermon. -- [189?].

15: David Stoesz sermon Predigt uber dem text Jeremiah 1:12-13. -- 1873- 1900.

16: [David Stoesz?] untitled sermon. -- 1874.

17: [David Stoesz?] sermon Kirchen [zucht?] Rede. -- [188-?].

18: [David Stoesz?] Untitled document. -- 1881-1901.

19: [David Stoesz?] sermon Predigt über. -- 1891-1901.

20: Sermon 1854 Schoenthal?.

Volume 1560.

Fremdworterbuch = German dictionary purchased in 1887.

20: [David Stoesz?] Untitled sermon . -- [188-?]

21: [David Stoesz?] Sermon(s)? -- 1874-1902.

22: David M. Stoesz Katechismus. -- 1914-1934.

23: Untitled document [relates to Catechism?]. -- [189-?].

24: David Stoesz Leichen Rede (Funeral sermon). -- 1877-1900. -- Note: for transliteration and translation by William J. Kehler see vol. 5268:14. -- 1987.

25: David Stoesz Leichen Rede (Funeral sermon). -- 1872-1899.

26: David Stoesz Golden Wedding talk for Johan Klassens. -- 1893. -- Note: is this David's sister and bother in law?

27: David Stoesz Leichen Rede(funeral sermon). -- 1873-1876.

28: [David Stoesz?] sermon. -- [189-?].

29: David Stoesz sermon Leichen rade uber eimem Plotzliches Todenfall. -- [1900?].

30: David Stoesz sermon Leichen rade fur Kinder. -- 1889-1900.

31: David Stoesz Leichen rade für junge kinder. -- 1888-1900.

32: David Stoesz Leichen rade für kinder (with some other pages). - 1882- 1887.

33: [David Stoesz?] sermon?. -- [188-?].

34: empty

35: [David Stoesz?]Untitled sermon. - 1876.

36: [David Stoesz] Kapulations Rede (wedding sermon). -- 1887-1893.

37: David M. Stoesz Leichen Rede. -- Note: this item looks like it should belong to David Stoesz but it has David M. Stoesz on it.

38: [David Stoesz] funeral sermon. -- 1894-1899.

39: [David Stoesz] funeral sermon. -- 1897-1900.

40: Sermon.

41. Translation of Stoesz family sermons and one by Louis Harms. Authors include Cornelius Stoesz, David Stoesz, David M. Stoesz, Cornelius W. Stoesz, Cornelius G. Stoesz. Translations by George Unger and Ingrid Janzen Lamp and compiled by Donald Stoesz of Bowden, Alberta. Sermons date from 1867-1949. -- 2003-2005.

42. Translation of Minister Cornelius Stoesz' Palm Sunday sermon first preached in April 9, 1867 in Bergthal Russia.  Translated by Eckard of Regina, SK. -- 1999.

Volume 1561

40: Invitations to weddings and funerals (Rundbrief). -- 1924-1931.

1. 1916 Silberfeld. A list of 12 people and their parents and place of residence.

2. November 24, 1926 , Blumenfeld. Invitation to funeral of infant Peter Klassen, son of Johann and Helena Klassen.

3. December 7, 1931 , Rudnerweide. Invitation to funeral of the wife of Johann Penner.

4. April 7, 1931 , Neuhoffnung. Invitation to funeral of Maria, infant daughter of Heinrich and Sara Wiebe.

5. October 29, 1926 , Schoenwiese. Invitation to funeral of Franz, infant son of Peter and Helena Zacharias.  

6. October 14, 1928 , Gruenfeld. Invitation to funeral of Maria, infant daughter of Johan and Aganetha Fehr.  

7. October 5, 1927 , Bergthal. Invitation to funeral of the wife of Jacob Hoeppner  

8. October   .Invitation to funeral (October 10) of wife of Peter Neufeld. 

9. November 17, 1925 , Rosengart. Invitation to funeral of Jakob, infant son of Johann and Justina Friesen. 

10. December 8, 1924 , Halbstadt. Invitation to engagement celebration of the daughter of Peter and Helena Nickel, Helena to Heinrich Friesen.  

11. October 26, 1927 , Glenncross. Invitation to the wedding of Helena, daughter of David and Helena Peters, to Abraham Hiebert.  

12. September 10, 1930 , Gruenthal. Invitation to the wedding of Cornelius, son of Jakob and Ina Dueck, to Maria Hiebert.  

13. November 7, 1928 . Invitation to the wedding of Aganetha, daughter of widow Helena Stoesz, to Peter Neufeld. 

14. September 15, 1933 ,Neuhofnung. Invitation to the funeral of Tina, infant daughter of Martin and Sara Klaassen. 

15. February 21, 1924 , Altona. Invitation to the funeral of the husband of widow Margareta Penner.  

16. September . Invitation to the funeral of the mother and grandmother in the home of Heinrich Penner, Gnadenfeld. 

17. July 24, 1925 , Neuenburg. Invitation to the funeral of Jacob, infant son of Johan and Aganetha Giesbrecht.  

18. May Shoenau. Invitation to the funeral of Peter Wiebe father of Aganetha and Gerhard Hildebrand.  

19. April 28, 1928 , Blumenfeld. Invitation to the funeral of Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob and Maria Neufeld.  

20. March 18, 1932 , Blumenfeld. Invitation to the funeral of Abraham, son of Johann and Katherina Friesen.  

21. September 24, 1928 , Blumenfeld. Invitation to the funeral of Aganetha, daughter of Peter and Agatha Klassen. 

22. July Invitation to the wedding of Aganaetha Penner and Gerhard Penner.  

23. June 10, 1924 , Neuenburg. Invitation to the infant daughter of Johan and Aganetha Giesbrecht.

24. Invitation to the wedding of Neta Penner, daughter of Johan and Sara Penner, Rudnerweide, with David Penner.

25. June 23, 1926 , Rosengart. Invitation to the wedding of Katherina, daughter of Heinrich and Elisabeth Giesbrecht, and Johan Winter.

41: List of baptisms at various church meetings. -- 1925-1934.

42: correspondence. -- 1901, 1908, 1922-1933.

43: 17 David M. Stoesz sermons and other material including WWI military exemption card (conscientious objector card) and Mexico map etc. -- 1913-1934.

David M. Stoes, Gnadenfeld.

1. Text 1 Kings 18 – 21.   Theme: Proof that the Lord is God.

Date and Place:

July 3, 1921 , Schoental

July 10, 1921 Silberfeld

July 7, 1921 , Rudnerweide

July 14, 1921 , Summerfeld

July 31, 1921 . Kronsweid

August 7, 1921 , Rosenbach

May 6, 1923 , Halbstadt.

 

2.  Funeral Sermon for a child. Kornelius, son of Johann Reimer, Schoenhorst.

 

3.  Text Sirach 51: 31-32.

Date and Place:

June 15, 1913 , Silberfeld

September 14, 1913 , Kleefeld

January 31, 1915 , Sommerfeld

November 26, 1922 , Mexico   

January 27, 1929 , Reinland

 

4. Text John 16: 23-27. About prayer and the resulting joy for a believing Christian.

Written for the honor of God, July 14, 1913 , Gnadenfeld.

Date and Place:

August 17, 1913 , Silberfeld

November 15, 1914 , Sommerfeld

July 30, 1916 , Reinland   

February 16, 1919 , Sommerfeld

May 21, 1922 , Altona

June 24, 1923 , Halbstadt

July 20, 1924 , Rudnerweid

July 27, Schoenthal

July 4, 1926 , Grossweid

November 25, 1928 , Reinland

July 21, 1929 , Rudnerweid

August 25, 1929 , Kronsweid   

September 22, 1929 , Altona

November 16, 1930 , Reinland

November 23, 1930 , Schoenthal

February 8, 1931 , Rudnerweid.

 

5. Text Matthew 22: 34-40. Which is the most important Commandment.

Written for the honor of God February 21, 1917 , Gnadenfeld

 

6. Text Matthew 20: 1-16.The worker in the vineyard.

The sermon used 13 times from February 22, 1914 in Rudnerweid to February 23, 1930 in Reinland.

 

7. Text Introduction (pre-sermon?) for the last (3d) ‘Anzeichen'. It appears it is the annual review of the Articles of Faith.

 

8. Text Introduction (pre-sermon?) for the second acceptance of the youth

 

9. Text “Stutzanwendung beim 2 nd Anzeichen der Jugend'. Youth instruction? It appears they had three sessions of instructions before baptism.

 

10. Text John 3:20. Preparation sermon for the Holy Communion.

This sermon used 7 times from October 10, 1925 in Schoenthal to October 12, 1924 in Schoenthal.

 

11. Text Hebrews 12:14. Strive for peace with all people.

Date and Place:

November 7, 1915 , Sommerfeld   

August   5, 1923 , Halbstadt

September 6, 1925 , Plum Coulee.

 

12  Text 1 Peter 2:24. Thanksgiving after the Holy Communion.

This sermon used 34 times from October 5, 1914 in Hoffnungsfeld to June 25, 1933 in Rudnerweid.

 

 

13. Text Psalm 17:15. “As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness ; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.

Date and Place: February 12, 1933 , Grossweid

 

14Text Psalm 51:12. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

Date and Place:

August 6, 1923 , Halbstadt

July 11, 1926 , Kronsweid

August 8, 1926 , Rudnerweid   

August 7, 1927 , Sommerfeld.

 

15. Text Mark 16: 1-8. Easter Sermon or the celebration of Jesus Christ rising from the dead.

Date and Place: This Sermon used 27 times from March 23, 1913 in Blumenhof to April 1, 1934 in Plum coulee.

 

16. Text Matthew 26:36-38.   Passion week Sermon. Prepared for the honor of God

Date and Place: This Sermon used 13 times from March 15, 1914 in Silberfeld to March 18, 1934 , Neuhorst.

 

17. Text Matthew 15:21-28   The Canaan woman who came to Jesus to ask for the healing of her daughter who was possessed by the devil. The Sermon prepared on February 2, 1917 to the honor of God.

Date and Place:

March 4, 1917 , Silberfeld

February 24, 1918 , Silberfeld

February 29, 1920 , Silberfeld   

March 11, 1923 , Halbstadt

March 10, 1929 , Reinland

March 1, 1931 . Waldheim

February 25, 1934 , Rudnerweid.

44: newspaper articles postdating 1934.

45: loose pages, some of [sermons?]. -- [19-].

Volume 1562.

Ca. 38 sermons by David M. Stoesz.

Sermon 1. A package photocopied by the archives December 1985 and labeled Wedding Sermons of David M. Stoesz. It includes:

1. A few funeral announcements;

2. Wedding Sermon;

3. List of wedding couples with date of wedding and age of bride and groom;

4.Closing prayer;

5. Funeral Sermon;

6. List of people with age and date of death.

 

Sermon 2. Text John 8: 21-29. Christ's last Sermon in Jerusalem .

Place and Date:    August 16, 1925 , Schoenthal.

 

Sermon 3. Text Jeremiah 5: 22,24. Harvest Sermon

Place and Date:

October 5, 1913 , Blumenhof;   

October 1, 1916 , Grosweid; and then every October at various places till 1933; last one October 1, 1933 , Plum Coulee.

 

Sermon 4. Text Ephesians 4; 22-30. A sermon about an unconverted and a converted person. Written June2, 1913 by David Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and Date: August 19, 1923 , Halbstadt

 

Sermon 5. Text Acts 10; 42 –48. Pentecost sermon. Written January 19, 1914 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and Date: May 24, 1915, Sommerfeld and at various places in 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934.

 

Sermon 6. Text Luke 2: 10-11. Christmas sermon.

Written January 12, 1916 , Gnadenfeld. By David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and Date: December 25, 1916 , Silberfeld; and then 1 to 3 times every year (30 times) till 1933; Last one December 26, Reinland.

 

Sermon 7.   Text John 19: 28-30. Good Friday Sermon.

Place and Date: March 21, 1913 , Sommerfeld and various places in 1914, 1916, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932 and April 14, 1933 in Reinland.

 

Sermon 8.   Text Mark 16: 1-8. Easter Sermon.

Place and Date: April5, 1915, H. Friesen, Blumenthal.

 

Sermon 9.   Text Mark 8: 34   . Topic: how true followers of Jesus should live if they want to live in His way------Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Written January 20, 1916 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God!

Place and Date:

July 5, 1925 , Schoenthal (June, August, September);   

October 30, 1927 , Rudnerweid,

August 18, 1929 , Grossweid.

 

Sermon 10. Text John 6: 1-13. Passion Sermon. Written March 23, 1922 by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date:

March 28, 1922 , Sommerfeld;

April 2, 1922 , Altona;

March 18, 1928 , Plum Coulee;

March 13, 1932 , Rudnerweid   

March 28, 1933 , Reinland.

 

Sermon 11.   Text Luke 5: 8,9. Topic: Humility and fear of a true Christian towards his Savior Jesus Christ. Written February 27, 1915 by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date:

July 14, 1918 , Schoenthal;

July 12, 1925 , Grossweid;

July 10, 1927 , Reinland;

August 4, 1929 , Reinland.

 

Sermon 12.   Text Matthew 18; 23-35. The parable of the man who had been forgiven a large debt and then forgive the person who owed him a little. Written February 19, 1915 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Schoenthal.

 

Sermon 13.   Text 1 Corinthians 3: 11-15. Topic God's building has the true foundation.

Written March 16, 1915 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date:

June 17, 1923 , Halbstadt;

February 7, 1926 , Schoenthal;   

June 27, 1926 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 14.   Text Matthew 20:1-7. Topic: Parable about the Kingdom of God – the importance is not how long you worked for God but that you did.

Place and date: February 13, 1927 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 15.   Text Matthew 9: 9-13   Topic: About Jesus calling the children for repentance and not the righteous. Place and date: 59 times –the first June 8, 1913 and the last November 26, 1933 .

 

Sermon 16.   Text Luke 15: 8-10. Topic: re: the lost coin; Whoever seeks will find and who knocks the door will open. Written April 10, 1913 by David Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and Date: 26 times – the first June 29, 1913 , Grossweid and the last March 19, 1933 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 17.   Text Romans 10: 10 --.   Topic: Articles of faith. Written March 6, 1913 , Gnadenfeld by David Stoesz.

Place and date: 90 times – the first April 19, 1914 , Silberfeld and the last May 13, 1934 , Rudnerwewide.

 

Sermon 18.   Text Psalm 34: 19-20. Topic: About the broken hearted life in this troubled world.

Place and date: 18 times – the first July 16, 1916 , Schoenthal and the last November 5, 1933 , Sommerfeld.

 

Sermon 19.   Text Matthew 13:24-30.   Topic: Parable about the man who sowed good seed and at night the enemy sowed weeds -- Written by David Stoesz, Gnadenfeld from the spiritual alertness to the honor of God.

Place and date: 14 times – the first February 14, 1915 , Sommerfeld and the last February 11, 1934 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 20.   Text John 1: 6-14. Advent Sermon

 

Sermon 21.   Text John 10: 12,16. General sermon that can also be used during Passion Week

Written January 19, 1915 by David M. Stoesz, Gnadnfeld to the honor of God.

Place and date: 25 times -- the first February 28, 1915 , Silberfeld and the last February 21, 1932 , Reinland.

 

Sermon 22.   Text Psalm 88:4. Written July 12, 1913 , by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date: 35 times - the first July 20, 1913 , Schoenthal and the last July 9, 1933 , Grossweid.

 

Sermon 23.   Text Luke 7:11-17. Topic: Bringing the dead son of the widow back to life.

Written by David Stoesz, Gnadenfeld to the honor of God.

Place and date: 16 times -- the first September 6, 1914 , Sommerfeld and the last September 25, 1932 , Neuhorst.

 

Sermon 24.   Text John 14:6.   Topic: I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me. Written by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date: 37 times – the first January 18, 1914 , Grossweid and the last august 21, 1932, Schoenthal.

 

Sermon 25.   8 page ‘sermon 'Pentecost'? We are the temple of God .

 

Sermon 26.   Text Romans 2:4,5. Topic: We consider the misuse of man over the forbearance and patience of God. Written January 25, 1915 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

Place and date:

February 2, 1919 , Silberfeld;   

September 28, 1923 , Halbstadt;

November 3, 1929 , Sommerfeld;

November 10, 1929 , Schoenthal;

November 24. 1929, Rudnerweid;

July 31, 1932 , Blumengard, East Reserve.

 

Sermon 27.   Text: Acts 10: 34 – 35.   Topic: “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of person; But in every nation he that fears Him, and works righteousness, is accepted with Him'”. Written September 28, 1914 by David Stoesz for the honor of God.

 

Sermon 28.   Text Acts 10: 42 -28. Topic; Pentecost – The receiving of the Holy Spirit.

Place and date:   

May 12, 1913 , Sommerfeld.

 

Sermon 29.   Text: Luke 24: 13 – 17.   Topic: Easter Monday sermon. Jesus appeared to the two men going to Emmaus.

Written January 8, 1916 , Gnadenfeld by David Stoesz for the honor of God.

Place and date:

April 9, 1917 , Sommerfeld;   

April 17, 1922 , Sommerfeld;

April 2, 1923 , Halbstadt;

April 21, 1924 , Sommerfeld;   

April 1, 1929 , Rudnerweid;

April 14, 1933 , Neuhorst.

 

Sermon 30.   Text Matthew 8: 1 – 13.   Topic: Healing of the leper.

Written January 19, 1917 by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God.

 

Sermon 31.   Text; 1 Corinthians 15: 1. 4- Topic: Christ was buried and rose again on the third day. Written February 6, 1915 , Gnadenfeld by David M. Stoesz for the honor of God.

Place and date:

July 8, 1918 , Sommerfeld;

July 8, 1923 , Halbstadt;

August 28, 1925 , Rudnerweid;

January 16, 1927 , Reinland;   

January 23, 1927 , Waldheim.

 

Sermon 32.   Text   Topic: Marriage sermon

 

Sermon 33.   Text   Topic: Wedding sermon and rite.

 

Sermon 34.   Text   Topic: Funeral sermon for someone in middle age.

Written 1913, Gnadenfeld by David Stoesz.

Place and date: 20 persons are listed with a little date - re; age family etc. The first was Peter Abrams August 25, 1914 and the last John Froese November 25, 1928 .

 

Sermon 35.   Text   Topic: Wedding Sermon. Written by J. K. St. in 1904

Place and date: Approximately 5 couples are listed that were married in 1905.

 

Sermon 36.   Text   Topic: Funeral sermon. Written February 13, 1929 by David M. Stoesz.

Place and date: 6 funerals are listed – the first Kornelius Neufeld – April 28, 1929 and the last Jacob Lamploche – April 25, 1931 . (included is Herman Neufeld buried November 27, 1930 in Mexico )

 

Sermon 37.   Text   Topic: Wedding sermon.

 

Sermon 38.   Text   Topic: Funeral sermon for adults and children

Volume 1563.

Ca. 50 sermons by David M. Stoesz.

Sermon 1.   Text   Topic: Introduction sermon for the first “Anzeichnen”. (Instruction of the Articles of Faith of the church for the youth - ‘baptismal candidates' . It appears they had three such sessions.)

David Stoesz

 

Sermon 2.   Text   Topic; The benefit of the application during the First ‘Anzeichen'.

Place and date:   

April 26, 1914 , Silberfeld;

May 4, 1930 , Grossweid;   

April 15, 1934 , Silberfeld.

 

Sermon 3.   Text   Topic: The benefit of the application for the first time with respect to the articles of faith.

Place and date: April 8, 1934 , Reinland.

 

Sermon 4.   Text   Topic: The benefit of the application of the last ‘Anzeichen' of the youth.

 

Sermon 5.   Text Luke 18:15. Topic: God be merciful to us poor sinners.

Place and date: Presented 8 times – the first January 30, 1916 , Silberfeld and the last August 27, Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 6.   Text 1 Peter 3: 10 – 12.   Topic: New Years sermon

It has 2 opening prayers and a paragraph about Gods presence in the past year. Thus sermon was only started and never finished.

 

Sermon 7.   Text Luke 21: 25 – 27.   Topic: Advent sermon. It deals with the signs of Christ's second coming.

Written 1913 by David Stoesz, Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: 14 times the first December 19, 1915 , Schoenthal and the last December 10, 1933 .

 

Sermon 8.   Text Hebrews 3: 12 – 14. Topic: (First Sunday of the year). Exhort one another so that we do not fall away from our faith.

Places and date: 7 times – the first December 29, 1918 , Silberfeld and the last January 3, 1932 , Reinland.

 

Sermon 9.   Text Matthew 3: 8. Topic: Repent.

Written by David M. Stoesz, February 12, 1915 to the honor of God. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:       

January 18, 1920 , Sommerfeld;   

February 1, 1920 , Silberfeld;

September 2, 1923 , Halbstadt;   

August 30, 1925 , Reinland;   

August 14, 1927 , Schoenthal;

August 21, 1927 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 10.   Text Matthew 2, 1-12. Topic: The wise men from the east.

Written by David M. Stoesz December 22, 1914 to the honor of Gos. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Each year from 1915 to 1934 except for the years 1918, 1926, 1930, and 1931. The first in 1915 was Schoenthal and the last in 1934 was in Plum Coulee.

 

Sermon 11.   Text   Topic: Catechism examination of the youth; Second session.

Written by David Stoesz.

Place and date: Each year from 1916 to 1932 except for the years 1919, 1922, and 1923. The first in 1916 in Silberfeld and the last in 1932 in Silberfeld.

 

Sermon 12.   Text 1 Peter 3: 10 –12.   Topic: New Years Service. Refrain from evil and do good. Seek peace.

Written by David M. Stoesz.

Place and date:   

January 1, 1913 , Silberfeld;     

January 1, 1914 , Silberfeld.

 

Sermon 13.   Text Malachi 3: 18. Topic: Discern between righteous and wicked; between those that serve Him and those that do not. Written by David M. Stoesz February 28, 1916 to the honor of God. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:

November 6, 1927 , Silberfeld;     

November 13, 1927 , Grosweid.

 

Sermon 14.   Text Genesis.   Topic: Introduction when the Articles were presented for the last time. When they will stand before the altar of God. Written by David M. Stoesz, Gnadenfeld.

 

Sermon 15.   Text   Topic: Closing talk when the Articles are presented the last time; The youth before the altar of God.

 

Sermon 16.   Text Mark 16: 14 – 20.   Topic: Ascension Day and Jesus final instructions to his disciples. Written by David M. Stoesz April 20, 1922 to the honor of God.

Place and date:    May 10, 1923 , Halbstadt.

 

Sermon 17.   Text Acts 2: 37 , 43. Topic: Pentecost Sermon. Written by D. M. Stoesz.

Place and date:   

 

Sermon 18.   Text Matthew 21: 1 – 9.   Topic: Palm Sunday

Written by David M. Stoesz.

Place and date: Each year from 1913 to 1934 except for the years 1914, 1915, 1916, 1926, 1928, and 1930. The first time in 1913 in Silberfeld and the last time in 1934 in Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 19.   Text John 1: 6 – 14. Topic: Advent Sermon. Written by David M. Stoesz October 29, 1914 to the honor of God.

Place and date:   Presented 23 times. The first time November 29, 1914 in Rudnerweid and the last time in 1933 in Neuhorst.

 

Sermon 20.   Text John 1: 19 – 28. Topic: Advent Sermon. Written by David M. Stoesz December 15, 1917 to the honor of God.

Place and date:     

December 23, 1917 , Sommerfeld:     

December 18, 1927 , Reinland:

December 11, 1932 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 21.   Text Matthew 25: 31 – 46. Topic: Advent Sermon. Written by David M. Stoesz.

Place and date:   Presented 14 times from 1913 to 1931. The first time December 9, 1913 in Sommerfeld and the last time December 20, 1931 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 22.   Text Colossians 3: 12 – 18. Topic: A thanksgiving sermon. Written by David M. Stoesz October 6, 1913 . Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:   

October 26, 1913 , Sommerfeld;   

June 25, 1922 , Silberfeld.

 

Sermon 23.   Text Romans 6: 23. Topic Passion Sermon. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Written by David Stoesz to the honor of God. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:   

April 9, 1916 , Sommerfeld;   

April 3, 1927 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 24.   Text Luke 2: 14. Topic: Christmas Sermon. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:   

December 26, 1912 , Sommerfeld;     

December 26, 1913 , Sparau;

December 26, 1914 , Silberfeld.

 

Sermon 25.   Text Isaiah 26: 9. Topic First Sunday of the New Year Sermon. Seek God.

Written by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 6 times. The first time January 3, 1915 , Sommerfeld and the last time January 2, 1927 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 26.   Text 1 Corinthians 11: 28. Topic: Preparation Sermon for Holy Communion. Let a man examine himself. Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld

Place and date: Presented 36 times from 1913 to 1934. The first time May 18, 1913 , Sommerfeld and the last time May 27, 1934 in Waldheim.

 

Sermon 27.   Text John 1: 12 – 13. Topic: It is about the child situation of the children of God.

Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 35 times from 1913 to 1933. The first time January 26, 1913 and the last time September 3, 1933 in Reinland.

 

Sermon 28.   Text Romans 13: 11 – 14. Topic: Advent Sermon. Wake up and be prepared.

Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 8 times between the years 1912 and 1933. The first one was December 8, 1912 , Sommerfeld and the last December 3, 1933 , Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 29. Text Galatians 5: 25; 6: 1 – 20. Topic: Admonish one another in a gentle way.

Written by David M. Stoesz September 23, 1933 . Kronsthal. This date is in conflict with dates the sermon was preached.

Place and date: Presented 29 times from 1914 to 1933. The first time was August 23, Sommerfeld and the last time September 24, Rosenbach.

 

Sermon 30.   Text Colossians 2: 7 – 10. Topic: Rooted and built up in Him. Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 9 times from 1915 to 1923. The first time was August 15, 1915 in Sommerfeld and the last time May 13, 1923 in Halbstadt.

 

Sermon 31.   Text Mark 16: 1 – 8. Topic: Easter Sermon. The resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:       

April 12, 1914 , Sommerfeld;     

April 13, 1914 , Silberfeld;   

April 4, 1915 , Sommerfeld.

 

Sermon 32.   Text Psalm 51: 12. Topic: Initial Sermon. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.

Written by David Stoesz.

Place and date: November 3, 1912 , Sommerfeld.

 

Sermon 33.   Text Luke 7: 2.   Topic: Healing of the centurion's servant. Yours sins are forgiven. Written by David M. Stoesz January 20, 1915 . Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 15 times from 1916 to 1933. The first time was August 6, 1916 in Lowe Farm and the last time November 19, 1933 in Reinland.

 

Sermon 34.   Text Psalm 102: 28, 29. Topic: God is unchangeable and eternal. Written by David M. Stoesz January 4, 1915 to the honor of God. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date: Presented 30 times from 1915 to 1934 – all but one in January. The first one was presented January 17, 1915 in Silberfeld and the last January 14, 1934 in Rudnerweid.

 

Sermon 35.   Text Matthew 2: 1 – 12.    Topic: The three wise men from the east. Written by David M. Stoesz.

Place and date:

January 6, 1913 , Schoenthal;

January 6, 1914 , Sparau.

 

Sermon 36.   Text Luke 2: 14. Topic: Christmas Sermon

Written by David M. Stoesz. Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:     

December 25, 1915 Sommerfeld;     

December 26, 1915 , Silberfeld;

December 26, 1922 , Halbstadt.

 

Sermon 37.   Text Corinthians 5: 20. Topic Year end Sermon. Written by David Stoesz in 1918 to the honor of God.

Place and date: Presented 9 times in the years 1913, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 1931.the first one December 28, 1913 in Schoenthal and the last December 27, 1931 in Reinland. 

 

Sermon 38.   Text Luke 18: 35, 43. Topic: Restoration of sight of the blind beggar. He had faith. Written by David M. Stoesz February 13, 1917 . Gnadenfeld.

Place and date:

February 18, 1917 , Rudnerweid;   

September 30, 1923 , Halbstadt;

November 8, 1931 , Rudnerweid;   

November 15, 1931 , Reinland.

 

In smaller booklets are Funeral Sermons. 1 - 10.

1. At the end are listed 10 funerals with name, age etc.. The funeral dates are from 1889 to 1895.The dates suggest they are not David Stoesz messages. Enclosed in the booklet is a list of 15 names and village.

2. Funeral Sermon written by David Stoesz, Gnadenfeld, for any person. November 28, 1922funeral of Johann Wiebe, 76 years old and Martin, 1 year and 5 months old, son of Peter Zacheiis [Zacharias?].

3. Funeral Sermon for a child. Written by David M. Stoesz. The sermon was used 46 times. The first was January 8, 1921 for the funeral of Heinrich Penner who died at age of 11 months. The last was on December 8, 1933 for the funeral of Aganetha Enns who lived only a few minutes.

4. Funeral Sermon for an old person, Written by David Stoesz, Gnadenfeld, to the honor of God.

5. Funeral Sermons for adults.Written by David M. Stoesz, February 4, 1932 .

6.  Funeral Sermon for children. Written by David M. Stoesz to the honor of God. The sermon was used 10 times. The first was November 13, 1922 for the funeral of Bernh. Martins [Bernhard Martens], age - one year, 6 months, 12 days. The last time October 17, 1929 for the funeral of Jacob Tiesen [Jacob Thiessen], age – 5 months, 4 days.

7.  Sermon for a sick person. ( Funeral Sermon)

8. Funeral Sermon by David B. Stoesz. Funeral Sermon by father David Stoesz.

9. Funeral Sermon about a person who died suddenly. Written by David M. Stoesz, Gnadenfeld, February 9, 1916 . The sermon was used 7 times. The first was July 7, 1925 for the funeral of Klaassen, age – 1 year, 8 months, 5 days. The last time was September 21, 1931 for Jacob Friesen, age – 71 years, 6 months, and 4 days. Notes inside the booklet suggest it was also used for other funerals.

10. Funeral Sermon. The sermon was used 6 times. The first time April 19, 1913 for Loewen, age – 24 hours. The last time February 25, 1926 for Katharina Berg, age – 2 years, 6 months Notes inside booklet suggest it was also used for the funeral of two young mothers.

11  (a) Wedding Sermon. Used 17 times, from November 11, 1915 (Jacob Schroeder and Elisabeth Hildebrand) to September 21,1930 ( Peter E. Wall and Elisabeth Tiehsen). [Elisabeth Thiessen]

(b) Wedding Sermon. Used 15 times, from April 6, 1919 ( Heinrich Doerksen and Katharina Klippenstein) to September 10, 1933 (Johann Wieler and Aganetha Penner).

12. (a) Funeral Sermon for someone who died suddenly. Funeral of Jacob Esau, December 4, 1918 , age – 20 years, 11 days.

(b) Funeral Sermon for an adult.

13. The New Testament (Martin Luther translation) Printed in Berlin 1912. David M. Stoesz.

Volume 3931.

5: David Stoesz and Maria Wiebe wedding invitation 1862.

Volume 5267

28. Agatha Stoesz [nee Agatha Kehler] memoir. -- 1948.

Volume 5741

1. Letters to Aeltester David Stoesz. -- 1875 – 1899.

2. Letters from David M. Stoesz and Agatha Stoesz. -- 1876; 1902 – 1931.

3. Letters to Aeltester David Stoesz including from brother Johann Stoesz of Mountain Lake, MN and Abraham Klassen Fargo ND. -- 1875; 1881 – 1892; 1898.

4. Correspondence to David Stoesz. -- 1885 – 1898; 1916.

5. Copies of letters to David Stoesz. -- 1886 – 1899.

6. Copies of letters to Bishop David Stoesz. -- 1881 – 1892.

7. David Stoesz handwritten book of 163 hymn melodies using ziffern (numbers). – 1864.

Volume 5742

1. Jacob R. Stoesz Gasoline License and Ration Coupon Book. -- 1943 – 1946.

2. Jacob W. Stoesz correspondence, notices of death, and memoir. -- 1909 – 1945.

3. Letters Jakob Dueck to Jacob Stoesz regarding Dueck's Waisenamt debt. -- 1925 – 1939.

4. Jacob Stoesz taxes, copies of letters, school scribblers. -- 1892; 1908; 1921; 1923.

5. Jacob Stoesz documents and letters (photocopies). -- 1921 – 1940.

6. Jacob Stoesz correspondence and conscientious objector status certificate. -- 1898 – 1940.