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Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender, January 25, 1956 [Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference stationery, O. N. Johns listed as on its Ministerial Committee [(later, in 1956) signed a letter as chair of the committee]: representatives of the Ministerial Committee wanted to come and orally examine some seminary students, first consulting with you (H. S. Bender); proposed dates in mid-February; mention students Delvin Nussbaum, Harvey Schrock, Darrel Hostetler, Robert Stetter, Joe Kauffman [? handwriting not entirely clear; Joseph Kauffman?]; Don Brenneman [Donald Brenneman ?]; was in touch with Richard Miller [? D. Richard Miller ?] of Hannibal; looking for “ministerial help” for churches at Farmerstown Ohio, Westover Maryland, Stoner Heights at Louisville Ohio, Sunnyside near Meadville Pennsylvania, Owl Creek in Southern, Ohio, Oak Grove at West Liberty [sic] Ohio; Congo Ohio mission; probably M. L. Troyer [likely Menno L. Troyer], J. Robert Kreider, and O.N. would come.

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns <-->H. S. Bender

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender, March 21, 1956: Central Mennonite Church at Archbold Ohio was giving Ross Bender some “favorable consideration; ”Jesse” [apparently Jesse Short] would be in touch with you; regarding the Wooster church, Johns would present the names of Richard Yoder and “Miller” [D. Richard Miller ?]; mention D. Walter. •
REPLY, H. S. Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, March 23, 1956: mention Jesse Short and Ross Bender regarding the Central Mennonite Church; have wired you that Richard Yoder had accepted an appointment as a dormitory counselor; did not know status of Delvin Nussbaum vis-à-vis Stoner Heights Mennonite Church; mention Paul Brunner, D. Richard Miller.

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender, March 31, 1956: thanks for telegram [not extant here]; had met with church council at Wooster; D. Walter Miller needed help and had mentioned Paul Sieber; Paul might fit at Farmerstown as well; was writing to Harvey Schrock about Sunnyside Mennonite Church; Delvin Nussbaum was going to Stoner Heights, Louisville; did H. S. Bender know what Richard Miller planned to do [? D. Richard Miller ?], or if Darrel Hostetler was going to Cleveland? Wooster would be a good place for Don Brenneman [Donald Brenneman ?]; Britton Run Mennonite Church at Spartansburg Pennsylvania also needed a minister.

Otis N. (O. N.) Johns to H. S. Bender

Two postcards, Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender, May 3, 1956: First one: would be at the College Monday evening, we can discuss with Paul Brunner etc.; wanted to talk to Harvey Schrock whom Sunnyside had voted to call; Wooster would pay $150/month;
Second one: had learned that Paul Brunner would be at Orrville [Orrville Mennonite Church?] on Sunday--“we” would contact him there rather than at Goshen.

H. S. Bender to Henry H. Janzen

H. S. Bender to Henry H. Janzen, January 28, 1955: belatedly, as promised in Chicago, Bender wanted to give Janzen information about “exploratory discussions” between Goshen Biblical Seminary [MC] and Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago [GCMC]; invitation to attend the meeting on February 28, approved by Erland Waltner; 2 single-spaced pages of background information.

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, April 6, 1955: could now send some more addresses, again to be treated with caution; gave one, for a woman....; on the one hand persons wanted caution, on the other they wanted contacts made.

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, B. B. Janz [Benjamin B. Janz], C. A. De Fehr and 2 more

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, B. B. Janz [Benjamin B. Janz], C. A. De Fehr, September 7, 1955: long 2 2/3 page letter, very substantive and interesting; about having visited the lady [a Mrs. T....] in Germany who spoke of contacts with Russian authorities in efforts to make contacts with Mennonites in concentration camps; much description of her and detail about what she had said; John Gingerich and a representative of the Evangelische Hilfswerk (Evangelical Aid Society) had been with her; she had published in Mennonitische Rundschau and gotten request from many Mennonites in Canada for help making contact with loved ones; then she had gotten hearings with Russian embassy officials in Germany, who seemed cooperative; lengthy discussion and details; in the end Janzen wrote that the Russian officials had said if Mennonites wanted to send a delegation to Russia it should be at least 6-8 persons so that the government would provide a guide, etc.; in the end Janzen was rather dubious, saying that the apparently cooperative attitude of the Russian officials was due to their efforts to win Germany to their side--Konrad Adenaur had been visiting in Russia--but once they saw how impossible that was, they would act differently..... •
CONTIGUOUS, letter from that lady in German [a Mrs. T....] to Janzen, cc’s to H. S. Bender, Janz, and De Fehr, September 7, 1955--on Janzen’s M.B. Bible College stationery and appearing to be typed with his typewriter, signature typed not handwritten: one single-spaced page telling more about situation of Mennonites in the Soviet Union [Russia, U.S.S.R.]. •
REPLY, H. S. Bender to Henry H. Janzen, September 14, 1955: appreciated the letter, maybe the Lord was at work; Bender believed that persons who left the Soviet Union legally in 1922-1925 would be allowed to visit, and wanted Janzen as part of the delegation; hoped you will be at MCC meeting in Chicago on Friday to help discuss the delegation matter; cc’s B. B. Janz [Benjamin B. Janz], C. A. DeFehr.

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, October 14, 1955: reporting on that meeting with that woman in Germany [a Mrs. T....] Janzen had written also of a German pastor named Pawlicki who had great concern for “Posen” people in West Germany...; sending latest communication from him; sorry could not attend the MCC meeting in Chicago, but had gotten a complete report from J. J. Thiessen [probably Jacob Johann Thiessen, Jacob J. Thiessen ??].

Johns, Otis N. (O.N.)

Thin folder (about 10 items). Otis N. Johns was a bishop in the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference (1889-1975). He was a son of Daniel J. Johns, who was something of a Amish Mennonite (not Old Order Amish) leader for North America in his day. D. J. Johns led from his base at Clinton Frame Amish Mennonite Church near Goshen Indiana; but having married Margaret Rickert of eastern Ohio, his son “O.N.” had settled in that region, where he was ordained first as pastor of a mission at Canton, and then as bishop of the Beech congregation near Louisville, Ohio. He became prominent in his own Ohio conference on the constitution and by-laws committee for merging the Ohio Mennonite Conference and the Eastern Amish Mennonite Conferences (1927); as Secretary of the merged conference for its first 22 years; on the conference ministerial committee for years; as bishop with oversight, at one time or another, of 28 congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania congregations that later became the Atlantic Coast Conference); as “secretary of the Mennonite Publication Board (1927-1949); as teacher or principal of winter Bible schools; on the executive committee of the Ohio Christian Workers Conference (1924-1938); as counselor to Ohio conscientious objectors during World War II; and as chaplain at Hartville Manor Nursing Home.” --see article on him in GAMEO [Global Anabaptist-Mennonite Encyclopedia On-line]. {1} Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to Bender, January 2, 1950: about young men who might serve the Beech Mennonite Church; mention Ray Baer [sic--Ray Bair], who was interested in foreign mission work but this year was needed at the College [likely Goshen College or Goshen Biblical Seminary]; Johns had heard that Baer was now open to a pastoral post at home, and if so, “we” want to consider him. • • • REPLY, Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, January 16, 1950: had consulted with Ray Bair; Bair now did not feel his call was to the foreign field, and would serve at home if still allowed to listen for a foreign call; Bender advised working directly with him; in September Bair’s contract with the college would end; he had some debts. {2} Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, June 14, 1955: about your consideration of David Mann for Cleveland, the congregation at Albany Oregon [? Albany Mennonite Church] was also considering him for a year of interim service; mention Allen Erb and Nelson Kauffman [Nelson E. Kauffman] as involved.... {3} Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, November 21, 1955: in communication with Johns Bender had omitted two students from the Ohio conference who were Th.B. graduates this year: Robert Stetter and Don Brenneman [? Donald Brenneman ?--son of Timothy Brenneman]. {4} Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to Bender, January 25, 1956 [Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference stationery, O. N. Johns listed as on its Ministerial Committee [(later, in 1956) signed a letter as chair of the committee]: representatives of the Ministerial Committee wanted to come and orally examine some seminary students, first consulting with you (Bender); proposed dates in mid-February; mention students Delvin Nussbaum, Harvey Schrock, Darrel Hostetler, Robert Stetter, Joe Kauffman [? handwriting not entirely clear; Joseph Kauffman?]; Don Brenneman [Donald Brenneman ?]; was in touch with Richard Miller [? D. Richard Miller ?] of Hannibal; looking for “ministerial help” for churches at Farmerstown Ohio, Westover Maryland, Stoner Heights at Louisville Ohio, Sunnyside near Meadville Pennsylvania, Owl Creek in Southern, Ohio, Oak Grove at West Liberty [sic] Ohio; Congo Ohio mission; probably M. L. Troyer [likely Menno L. Troyer], J. Robert Kreider, and O.N. would come. {5} Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to Bender, March 21, 1956: Central Mennonite Church at Archbold Ohio was giving Ross Bender some “favorable consideration; ”Jesse” [apparently Jesse Short] would be in touch with you; regarding the Wooster church, Johns would present the names of Richard Yoder and “Miller” [D. Richard Miller ?]; mention D. Walter. • • • REPLY, Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, March 23, 1956: mention Jesse Short and Ross Bender regarding the Central Mennonite Church; have wired you that Richard Yoder had accepted an appointment as a dormitory counselor; did not know status of Delvin Nussbaum vis-à-vis Stoner Heights Mennonite Church; mention Paul Brunner, D. Richard Miller. {6} Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to Bender, March 31, 1956: thanks for telegram [not extant here]; had met with church council at Wooster; D. Walter Miller needed help and had mentioned Paul Sieber; Paul might fit at Farmerstown as well; was writing to Harvey Schrock about Sunnyside Mennonite Church; Delvin Nussbaum was going to Stoner Heights, Louisville; did Bender know what Richard Miller planned to do [? D. Richard Miller ?], or if Darrel Hostetler was going to Cleveland? Wooster would be a good place for Don Brenneman [Donald Brenneman ?]; Britton Run Mennonite Church at Spartansburg Pennsylvania also needed a minister. {7} Two postcards, Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to Bender, May 3, 1956: First one: would be at the College Monday evening, we can discuss with Paul Brunner etc.; wanted to talk to Harvey Schrock whom Sunnyside had voted to call; Wooster would pay $150/month; Second one: had learned that Paul Brunner would be at Orrville [Orrville Mennonite Church?] on Sunday--“we” would contact him there rather than at Goshen.

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender

Otis N. (O.N.) Johns to H. S. Bender, January 2, 1950: about young men who might serve the Beech Mennonite Church; mention Ray Baer [sic--Ray Bair], who was interested in foreign mission work but this year was needed at the College [likely Goshen College or Goshen Biblical Seminary]; Johns had heard that Baer was now open to a pastoral post at home, and if so, “we” want to consider him. •
REPLY, H. S. Bender to Otis (O.N.) Johns, January 16, 1950: had consulted with Ray Bair; Bair now did not feel his call was to the foreign field, and would serve at home if still allowed to listen for a foreign call; Bender advised working directly with him; in September Bair’s contract with the college would end; he had some debts.

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, August 6, 1954: had received minutes of the Mennonite World Conference Committee [? Mennonite World Conference Preparatory Commission, Mennonite World Conference Planning Committee ??]; glad for good progress; but next committee meeting had been scheduled for June 16-17, and Janzen’s college did not close until June 21, so could the date be set later?

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, December 16, 1954: have your telegram and your letter [not extant here]; December 30 was okay for the committee meeting....

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, June 6, 1956: due to a misreading of Bender’s telegram, a check had mistakenly been sent to Bender for travel expenses to Karlsruhe Germany; you want a list of Mennonite Brethren Church delegates to the event--they were Reverend Ben Braun of Fresno California [? Benjamin Braun ?], J. B. Toews [like John B. Toews Sr.], and Janzen....

Henry H. Janzen <-->H. S. Bender

Henry H. Janzen to H. S. Bender, August 10, 1956: would there be another Mennonite World Conference Planning Commission meeting before Janzen left for Europe? if so, he wished to attend; surprised by contents of Bender’s letter [not extant here]; the lady [a Mrs. T....] in Germany concerned with Soviet Mennonites [see above correspondence] now reported that whereas Janzen had understood that her husband was mentally and had committed suicide, in fact he had been a prisoner of war and she had recently spoken with him; needed $100 to get him out of Poland; Janzen had turned this over to MCC; urged caution in dealing with her; should inform the German Red Cross that she was not acting in behalf of MCC; cc J. J. Thiessen of Saskatoon [probably Jacob Johann Thiessen, Jacob J. Thiessen ??]. •
REPLY, H. S. Bender to Henry H. Janzen [no date; seems like response to letter just above]: thanks for information about that woman [a Mrs. T....]; would soon send material on 1957 Mennonite World Conference program, meanwhile enclosing some from Theo Glück. / Wanted very complete information about Mennonite Brethren forms of immersion, and variations of it among Mennonite Brethren in Russia and in America--including Krimmer Mennonite Brethren and Evangelical Mennonite Brethren [likely for Mennonite Encyclopedia article].

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