Fonds luth-1971 - John Herzer fonds

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John Herzer fonds

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PAA luth-1971

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  • 1906 - 1956 (Creation)
    Herzer, John

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30 cm of textual records and other material

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John Herzer was born in 1880 at Plymouth, Wisconsin. He received his early education at Walther College in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1904. He served the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregations in Dix and Durango, Colorado in 1911. From 1911 to 1913 he was pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church at Vernon, B.C. serving at the same time a large mission field in British Columbia and Alaska. From 1913 to 1929, he was pastor of Jehovah Lutheran Church in Calgary. John Herzer also served as chairman of the Alberta British-Columbia Conference of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod from 1919 - 1921. He was instrumental in lobbying the Alberta provincial government to re-open the St. Matthew Lutheran School in Stony Plain which was closed primarily because of its German content (1921 - 1924). From 1929 to 1943, he worked on the Canadian Pacific Railway immigration board with his Association, a subsidiary of the CPR. John Herzer served as an organizer in western Canada of the Walther League an organization for Young People. From 1943 he served as instructor in religion and German at Concordia College in Edmonton. He was also asked to write the history of the Alberta-British Columbia District of the LCMS for it's 25th anniversary in 1946. He continued as an instructor until his death in1957.

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The fonds consists of Herzer's notebooks on various subjects for sermonizing (categorized from A - Z) including newspaper clippings, 1930 - 1957; texts for sermons; notebook on Abraham Lincoln and scrapbook on Martin Luther two films pertaining to Concordia College and youth organizations in the 1930's; and photographs of congregations, students, youth organizations and Alberta-British Columbia District activities. The fonds also includes correspondence of his father professor J.H. Herzer regarding the Stony Plain School closures. Correspondence consists of the Premier's office and public school board, court documents and various Lutheran educational committees and boards. Some correspondence consists of copies of letters from Trougott Herzer regarding the Immigration Board. The fonds contains a copy of the book Homesteading for God which he wrote depicting the 25 years of mission work of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Alberta and British Columbia and includes the correspondence and photographs he collected from pastors that served in Alberta and British Columbia from 1894 until 1946.

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Includes 2 film reels, ca. 100 photographs and a scrapbook.

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Donated by Concordia College 1987 and Marvelyn Voight 1990.


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  • The material is in English and German.

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Alberta-British Columbia District, Lutheran Church-Canada fonds (03);Concordia University College of Alberta fonds (02); Albert and Hilda Schwermann fonds (155); St. Matthews Lutheran School fonds Stony Plain ( )

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Record No. 154;Additional material found at 90.8.<br><br>

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