Rockport Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA)

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Rockport Hutterite Bruderhof, of the Schmiedeleut branch, 6 miles southwest of Alexandria, South Dakota. The site was settled first in 1891 by a Lehrerleut group from the Old Elm Spring Bruderhof with the preachers Jakob Wipf and Johann Kleinsasser. This group branched out in 1931 and founded the Hutterville Bruderhof near Magrath. In 1934 they sold Rockport and moved to Alberta, founding the O. K. Bruderhof near Raymond. The present occupants came from the Bon Homme Bruderhof with twelve families and Preacher Joseph Waldner. Daniel S. Wipf was chosen as minister here in 1934; later John J. Waldner was chosen, who is now in the Riverside Colony, Huron, South Dakota. In 1945 they branched out to found Rosedale in South Dakota, and in 1949 Huron, South Dakota. David Wipf was chosen as assistant minister in 1954. The membership of Rockport was 32 in 1958, and the total population 123.

Daughter colonies of the Rockport Hutterite Colony include: Rosedale Hutterite Colony (Mitchell, South Dakota, USA); Riverside Hutterite Colony (Huron, South Dakota, USA); Fairview Hutterite Colony (La Moure, North Dakota, USA); Oak Lane Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA); and Shannon Hutterite Colony (Winfred, South Dakota, USA).

In 2017 the Rockport Hutterite Colony was a Schmiedeleut Group 2 colony.

Additional Information

Location

Alexandria, South Dakota (coordinates: 43.5825, -97.841944 [43˚ 34′ 57″ N, 97˚ 50′ 31″ W])

Address

26209 Rockport Rd., Alexandria, SD 57311-7201

Phone

605-239-4422

Managers and Ministers

Manager Minister Years
Ben Wipf Joseph Wipf 2006
Ben Wipf Joseph Wipf 2010
Donny Wipf Joseph Wipf 2015
Donny Wipf Joseph Wipf 2017

Maps

Map:Rockport Hutterite Colony, Alexandria, South Dakota


Author(s) David Decker
Daniel S. Wipf
Bert Friesen
Date Published November 2017



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Decker, David, Daniel S. Wipf and Bert Friesen. "Rockport Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. November 2017. Web. 12 Dec 2017. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rockport_Hutterite_Colony_(Alexandria,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=155643.

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Decker, David, Daniel S. Wipf and Bert Friesen. (November 2017). Rockport Hutterite Colony (Alexandria, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 December 2017, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Rockport_Hutterite_Colony_(Alexandria,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=155643.




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