Morris, Manitoba, a town (pop. 1,193 in 1955; 1,673 in 2001) 40 miles (65 km) south of Winnipeg on the (now) Morris River, which runs through the Mennonite settlement into the Red River. Morris is located in a predominantly Mennonite locality. In 1955 an estimated 200 Mennonites lived in town. There were then two Mennonite churches in town with a small membership, without fulltime pastors, the United Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite Church) and a Bergtaler Mennonite Church.
About six to eight miles (10 - 13 km) northwest of Morris, on the banks of the Morris River, the villages Rosenhof and Rosenort were founded in the fall of 1874 by the Evangelical Mennonite Conference (Kleine Gemeinde). Just before World War I these villages broke up and the settlers nearly all moved on their farms. In 1882 about one fourth of the congregation organized into a part of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite (Holdeman). In 1955 the Evangelical Mennonite Church numbered over 1,000 souls with 500 baptized members who worshipped in a large church built in 1949, about eight miles (13 km) from Morris. The Holdeman Church numbered about 500, with approximately 250 baptized members, who worshipped in a church built in 1950, located 2 1/2 miles (4 km) from the other church. The social relationship between the two churches was good. In 1950 both the town and the rural municipality suffered severely from a major flood. The whole population had to be evacuated to neighboring Mennonite settlements like Lowe Farm and Steinbach, and for seven weeks from the beginning of May to the middle of June the entire area was covered with from one to eight feet of water. The main occupation in the 1950s was grain farming.
Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. III: 169.
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