Dornseiffen, Hoite Godert (1841-1922)

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Hoite Godert Dornseiffen, a Dutch Mennonite minister, was born 25 January 1841 at Heerenveen, Dutch province of Friesland, and died 3 January 1922, at Heerenveen. On 3 November 1867 he preached his first sermon for the congregation of Terhorne in Friesland, where he lived and worked until his retirement in 1902.

In giving religious instruction to the children of 14 to 16 years, he noticed that many of them, the children of bargemen, could not read or write. He gave his attention to this problem. He established a fund to teach the bargemen's children in his own community, and beginning in 1882 he and his brother-in-law, H. Rutgers, extended the service to all of Friesland. There is now a permanent fund, supported by an annual government grant and many private donations. This example has been followed by the entire country. For 35 years Dornseiffen worked with pleasure and devotion, until a stroke in April 1918. The cross of the Knights of Orange-Nassau, which the queen bestowed upon him on the occasion of her visit to Friesland in 1905, is a worthy recognition of his services. In the School Fund he had erected a permanent monument to himself.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 469.

Author(s) E. M ten Cate
Date Published 1956

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