Habegger, Barbara Hirschy (1892-1977)

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Born 8 July 1892 at Berne, IN, to Samuel B. and Christina (Luginbill) Hirschy, Barbara Hirschy married Alfred Habegger in 1913.

The Habeggers had seven children: Marden (21 February 1917), Jeanne (19 October 1920), Helen (19 April 1922), Esther (16 October 1923), David (15 June 1925), Lois (16 September 1926), and Bernard (b. 19 April d. 13 June 1931).

Barbara Habegger graduated from Bethel College (Kansas, USA) in 1916. She was ordained on 31 March 1918 as a missionary to the Cheyenne Indians in Montana. She served 40 years in this ministry. Having learned the Cheyenne language, she taught Sunday school, Bible school and weekday classes; undertook counseling and pastoral visiting; served as a midwife and nurse; and instructed in sewing and cooking. The Cheyenne people early named her Manhova'e "Giver of water to drink." She died 14 August 1977 in Kansas and was buried at Busby, MT.


Habegger, Mrs. Alfred. "The Northern Cheyenne Camp Meetings." Mennonite 36, no. 37. (22 September 1921).

Habegger, Mrs. Alfred. "Cheyenne Missions." Missionary News and Notes 37 no. 7 (March 1958): 2, 3, 13, 14.

Wenger, Malcolm. "Witness of Faithful Service." Mennonite (25 April 1978): 276-77.

"Mrs. Alfred Habegger Retires from the Montana Mission Field." Missionary News and Notes 36, no. 10. (June 1957): 4-5.

Author(s) David L Habegger
Date Published 1987

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Habegger, David L. "Habegger, Barbara Hirschy (1892-1977)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1987. Web. 26 Nov 2022. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Habegger,_Barbara_Hirschy_(1892-1977)&oldid=134646.

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Habegger, David L. (1987). Habegger, Barbara Hirschy (1892-1977). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 November 2022, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Habegger,_Barbara_Hirschy_(1892-1977)&oldid=134646.


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