Schirmer, Daniel (1908-1991)

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Daniel Schirmer (1908-1991), General Conference Mennonite Church missionary in Arizona 1934-1949, Montana 1949-1964, Arizona 1964-1974.
Source: Mennonite Church USA Archives - North Newton Photo Collection 2011-0058

Daniel Schirmer, born 4 October 1908, was a Mennonite missionary and minister among the Hopi people in Arizona and the Northern Cheyenne people in Montana. He was named Siwinainiwa (Young Cedar Sprout) by his relatives, who were preparing for his burial because his mother had died after childbirth. Hopi custom assumed that such a baby was an evil spirit because it had caused its mother's death. Mary Schirmer, a General Conference Mennonite (GCM) missionary in Hotevilla, adopted the baby and renamed him Daniel.

From 1934 to 1949, Daniel Schirmer served as minister of the Mennonite congregations in Bacavi and Hotevilla, Arizona. He and his wife, Amy Talesnemptewa Schirmer, whom he married 13 December 1936, later were missionaries in Birney and Busby, Montana, among the Northern Cheyenne. He returned to the Hopi reservation in 1964 to serve the churches in Moencopi and Bacavi until his retirement in 1974. He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1951. He died 28 September 1991.


Barrett, Lois. The Vision and the Reality: The Story of Home Missions in the General Conference Mennonite Church. Newton, KS: Faith and Life, 1983: 44, 71, 72.

Drake, Judith. "Daniel Schirmer (b. October 04, 1908, d. September 28, 1991)." The Drake, Vincent, Schirmer, Freed Families. Web. 27 May 2013.

Author(s) Lois Barrett
Sam Steiner
Date Published May 2013

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