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Daniel J. and Ellen (Egli) Lais Papers
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Daniel J. and Ellen (Egli) Lais Papers

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This collections includes items from WWII and CPS, a family German Bible and other personal items.

Lais, Daniel J., 1884 - 1958

Martin Hoover Memorial Slide Show

This slide show features a selection of slides from daughter Frances (Lais) Hoover’s husband Martin’s 35mm collection which were shown at his memorial service, Martin wrote the lyrics for verse 3. Sarah (Bornman) Mlotshwa created the DVD with the music recorded in Rieth Recital Hall at Goshen College Music Center in November 2003 when Craig & Jana Gingerich, Tom & Dorothy Brenneman, John & Louise Gingerich flew to Goshen together to see their kids in college.

Miscellaneous items:

World War II ration books; CPS card from Roseburg; marriage liscense receipt; exam receipt; birth certificates for Frank & Wanona; WW II Selective Service information


This pipe is believed to be a gift to John Hugo Lais (5-17-1849 to 2-1-1894) who fought in Kaiser Wilhelm's war, probably about 1870 because he immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1872. He worked in the coal mines in Pennsylvania in 1874, later living in Indiana on an Amish farm where he met and married Susannah Plank in 1879. He moved to Oregon along with the Jonas Kauffman and Isaac Miller families in 1880, was converted, became a Mennonite and was a charter member of Zion Mennonite Church in June of 1893 and father to Daniel J. Lais.