Collection HM1/114 - T. K. (Tobias Kreider) and Mae Hertzler Hershey Papers 1917-1952

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T. K. (Tobias Kreider) and Mae Hertzler Hershey Papers 1917-1952


  • 1887-1976 (Creation)

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3.70 Linear Feet; 7 archives boxes and 1 half archives box

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Tobias Kreider Hershey was born 14 March 1879 near Intercourse, Pennsylvania. He was the sixth son of Tobias Kreider Hershey, Sr., and Lydia HartmanHershey. At eight years of age he felt the desire to become a missionary. He was converted at age 17 and the next year was appointed superintendent of a nearby mission Sunday School. He married Mae Elizabeth Hertzler (27 December 1904) at Concord, Tennessee. He graduated from Goshen College in 1911.

"T. K.," as he was known, took charge of the Youngstown, Ohio, Mission in 1911 and was ordained a Mennonite minister in 1913 at the Midway congregation, Columbiana, Ohio. When he suddenly lost his voice in 1914, his physician advised a change of climate, so he went to La Junta, Colorado and six months later was joined there by his wife and children. In 1916 he pastored the Zion congregation at Bluffton, Ohio. On 16 August 1917 he and his family, together with the J. W. Shank family, left for mission work in Argentina under the Mennonite Board of Missions (Mennonite Church). T. K. served in central Argentina as a pastor, bishop (ordained in 1925 at Columbiana, Ohio), evangelist, superintendent of the Argentine Mission, financial agent, and printer. The Hersheys retired from the Argentine mission service in April 1948. In 1949 they served one year as church workers in Puerto Rico.

After returning to the United States, T. K. and Mae Elizabeth were active in missions, evangelism, discipling, church planting, and Bible teaching in the United States and Canada. He died 31 October 1956 at Goshen, Indiana, and was buried in the Hershey Mennonite cemetery near Kinzers, Pennsylvania.

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Personal papers of missionaries of the (old) Mennonite Church who served in Argentina from 1917 to 1948.  Divided into six series:

(1) Diaries, 1918-1956

(2) Correspondence

(3) Articles and Talks

(4) Argentine Mission Records

(5) Deputation Trips

(6) Miscellaneous

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These marterials are open for public research.

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Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the Mennonite Church USA Archives.

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  • English
  • Spanish

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At one time, the photographs and audiocassette found in these papers were cataloged separately as HM4-037SC, HM4-204SC, and HM6-143.  In January 2013, these materials were reunited with rest of the T. K. (Tobias Kreider) and Mae Hertzler Hershey Papers.

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  • English



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