Abram H. Wambold: deacon of the Mount View Mennonite Church near High River, Alberta, and of the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, Alberta, was born 20 November 1857 in Waterloo County, Ontario, and died at his home near Carstairs, Alberta, on 8 May 1934. He married Angeline Erb on 19 February 1884. They were the parents of nine children. Angeline died in 1913, and Abram Wambold married Elizabeth Shantz, the widow of Bishop Israel Shantz, on 17 March 1915. After Abram Wambold's death in 1934, Elizabeth married her third husband, Joe Weber.
The Wambold family came west in April 1901 and settled on a homestead which was a considerable distance from High River, but very close to a railway built from Calgary to Lethbridge in 1911 which resulted in establishment of the new towns of Aldersyde and Mazeppa - the latter directly south of their house. The Wambolds, in spite of the distance involved, were among those who formed the Mount View Mennonite Church near High River later in 1901. After the organizational meeting of the new congregation, Abram Wambold was chosen, by lot, and ordained as Deacon. Abram and Angeline Wambold's home was always open to other pioneers coming into the district. That spirit of hospitality was interrupted by Angeline's death in 1913, but restored after Abram's second marriage to Elizabeth Shantz. Together they faithfully discharged the responsibilities incumbent on the office of Deacon, but declining membership, economic hardships, and Elizabeth's links to the West Zion Mennonite Church near Carstairs, resulted in a move to Carstairs in 1924 or perhaps in 1925. They continued to serve as deacons in that congregation until the time of Abram Wambold's death in 1934.
Regehr, T. D. Faith, Life and Witness in the Northwest, 1903-2003: Centennial History of the Northwest Mennonite Conference. Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 2003.
Stauffer, Ezra. History of the Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference. Ryley, Alberta: Alberta-Saskatchewan Mennonite Conference, 1960: 103-104.
Gladys-Dinton through the Years, Vol. 1, 1883-1964, available at the Glenbow-Alberta Institute in Calgary.
Obituary for Abram H. Wambold in the Gospel Herald.
|Author(s)||Ted D Regehr|
|Date Published||December 2003|
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