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Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Vauxhall Mennonite Church

Retrieval numbers: Volume 3542

Title: Vauxhall Mennonite Church fonds
Dates: 1965-1995
Extent: 8 cm of textual records
Repository: Mennonite Heritage Centre Archives

Historical note

This Mennonite Church at near Vauxhall, Alberta was founded in 1938 as the Vauxhall-Grantham Mennonite Church. Families had moved into this area starting in 1933 to take up irrigation farming. There were 26 charter members. Prior to 1933 both Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite conference families had worshipped together in various homes. In 1939 they purchased a building and moved it to a site northeast of Vauxhall as their own meeting house. In 1940 both the Mennonite Brethren and Mennonite conference meeting houses were burned by arsonists, part of the anti-German hysteria. In 1944 the congregation built a new meeting house and expanded the building in 1953. In 1947 the membership was 51. In 1963 the congregation amalgamated with Hays Mennonite Mission Church and changed the name to the Vauxhall Mennonite Church. In 1970 the membership was still 51. In 1984 the congregation purchased the Mennonite Brethren meeting house (who had built a new meeting place in town) for its use and sold their former building. In 1992 the membership was 32. The congregation dissolved in 2000. The leaders of the congregation were: W. Martens (1938-1946, 1951-1963), Frank Janzen (1939-1956), G. Neufeld (1939-1946), H. Goerzen (1957-1958), Jakob Krause (1959-1966, 1967-1968), C. W. Friesen (1960-1961), David Adrian (1966-1967), J. Wiebe (1969-1970), Menno Bergen (1970-1974), John Klassen (1975-1976), William Wiebe (1977-1984, 1989-1998), Bob Crosland (1985-1988), Nick Dyck (1990-1998).

Scope and content note

This fonds contains bulletins (1965-1995), congregational meeting minutes (1965), and a brief congregational history (1988). The records pertain to the development of the Mennonite congregation in Vauxhall, Alberta after 1965.

Subject terms

Vauxhall Mennonite Church


Vauxhall Mennonite Church Vauxhall-Grantham Mennonite Church Hays Mennonite Mission Church

Adjunct descriptive data

Finding aids

Inventory file list available.


Restrictions on access

No restrictions on access.

Other notes

Textual records were deposited by the congregation at the Mennonite Heritage Centre. Described by Bert Friesen 20 December 2002.

Vauxhall Mennonite Church fonds file list:

Volume 3542

  1. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1965), congregational meeting minutes (1965)
  2. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1985)
  3. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1986)
  4. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1987)
  5. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1988), brief congregational histories (1988)
  6. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1989)
  7. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1990)
  8. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1991)
  9. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1992)
  10. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1993)
  11. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1994)
  12. Vauxhall Mennonite Church bulletins (1995)