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John J. Hartzler, bishop of the Sycamore Grove (Missouri) Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church) for more than 40 years, was born 3 May 1845 in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, died 11 August 1936, at the age of 91 years, the son of Abraham and Magdalene (Zook) Hartzler. When he was nine years old his parents moved to northern Indiana and later to Michigan, where he grew to manhood. He was married to Magdalene Mast 25 February 1872 in Elkhart County, Indiana. Eight years later he with his family of four children moved to Cass County, Missouri, near Garden City, where he resided the remaining 56 years of his life.

Hartzler was converted when a young man, and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. In 1894 he was ordained bishop in Cass County, Missouri. Besides his home congregation he had charge of churches in Johnson County, Hickory County, and Vernon County, Missouri. He also helped to organize churches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, yet his work took him into many homes. He officiated in 82 marriages, and baptized over 300 persons in his home community and quite a number in other churches, and also officiated at a number of ordination services.

He was a farmer all his life. In Missouri he purchased a small farm and always supported him­self and his family, and was always ready to sacri­fice his time and service. In his early ministry his preaching was all in German, but he lived through the transition to English language, and in his later years preached in the English language.

Two of his sons were bishops (Mennonite Church): Chancy A. Hartzler of Tiskilwa, Illinois; Joseph D. Hartzler of Flanagan, Illinois. He is buried in the Clearfork (Missouri) cemetery.


Author(s) Joseph D Hartzler
Date Published 1956


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Hartzler, Joseph D. "Hartzler, John J. (1845-1936)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 25 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hartzler,_John_J._(1845-1936)&oldid=101739.

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Hartzler, Joseph D. (1956). Hartzler, John J. (1845-1936). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 25 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Hartzler,_John_J._(1845-1936)&oldid=101739.




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