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Jo Daviess County (Illinois) is the northwesternmost county in the state, to which came a few immigrant German Mennonite families with the names Baer, Duerrstein, Heer, Musselman, and Neuenschwander beginning about 1840. Johannes Baer, ordained minister and bishop in Europe, served the congregation until his death about 1863 and was succeeded as minister by Michael Musselman. Services were held in a schoolhouse until a small church building was erected south of Scales Mound near the Hammer cemetery, which was originally a Mennonite cemetery. Soon after 1878 the congregation became extinct.

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Herald of Truth 15 (December 1878): 211.

Weber, Harry F. Centennial History of the Mennonites of Illinois. Goshen, IN: Mennonite Historical Society, 1931: 94 f.

Author(s) Nelson P Springer
Date Published 1957

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Springer, Nelson P. "Jo Daviess County (Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 28 May 2016.,_USA)&oldid=88341.

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 110. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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