Habegger, Alfred (1892-1956)

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Alfred Habegger was born 26 July 1892 at Berne, Indiana, to David and Elisabeth (Lehman) Habegger. He married Barbara Hirschy in 1913. He attended Bethel College (Kansas, USA), 1913-1916, (BA); Mennonite Seminary, Bluffton, Ohio, 1916-1917 (MA); and Witmarsum Theological Seminary, Bluffton, Ohio (1927).

Alfred and Barbara were ordained 31 March 1918 as missionaries to the Cheyenne Indians in Montana. He was the first man from the First Mennonite Church at Berne to be ordained as a missionary. Arriving at Busby, Montana on 31 May 1918, he served until his death. He was one of a few non-Indians who learned to speak the Cheyenne language fluently. In 1942 he became the chairman of the mission work in Montana. Alfred labored diligently to lead people to faith, to train Indian leaders, and organize the church. He died 17 January 1956 and was buried at Bushy.


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Habegger, Alfred. "The Development of Missionary Interests Among the Members of the General Conference Mennonites of North America, 1917." MA thesis, unpublished.

Habegger, Alfred. "Our Northern Cheyenne Mission Field." Mennonite, 36, no. 29. (28 July 1921).

Habegger, Alfred. Quarterly reports to the mission board (General Conference Mennonite) at Mennonite Library and Archives, Bethel College (North Newton, Kansas, USA) : I-I: box 2: folders 15-17, box 3: folder 18, box 4: folder 53, box 57: folders 91, 92.

Habegger, Lois. Cheyenne Trails: A History of Mennonites and Cheyennes in Montana. Newton: MPO, 1959: 31-57.

"Montana Mission Director Passes." Mennonite 71, no. 6. (7 February 1956): 90.

Warkentin, A. and Melvin Gingerich, compilers. Who's Who Among the Mennonites. North Newton, KS: Bethel College, 1943: 92.

Author(s) David L Habegger
Date Published 1987

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