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Lehrerleut, one of the Hutterite kinship groups, so named because their founder, Jacob Wipf, was a teacher in Russia and also in South Dakota. His group of thirteen families (a few joined the other two groups in South Dakota on arrival) was the last to come from Russia to South Dakota, arriving in 1877, the other two, the Dariusleut and the Schmiedeleut, having come in 1874-1875. The Lehrerleut families all came from the village of Johannisruh, Molotschna, where they had not lived in community. In South Dakota they founded the Old Elmspring Bruderhof near Parkston, which they occupied until 1932. From this original single Bruderhof twenty-two colonies had sprung by 1950, for which statistics are given below. Although the Lehrerleut are organized as a unit with their own leader (Vorsteher), they differ from the other two kinship groups only in very minor points, such as the wearing of buttons by the men in place of hooks and eyes.

Census of Lehrerleut Bruderhofs -- 1 July 1957

Name of Colony Address Founded Population Head Preacher, 1957
Lehrerleut Bruderhofs in Alberta
Acadia Valley Oyen 1952 86 Peter J. Entz
Big Bend Woolford 1920 127 John J. Waldner
Crystal Spring Magrath 1937 97 Peter A. Entz
Elmspring Warner 1929 122 Michael J. Mändel
Hand Hills Hanna 1956 85 Samuel S. Kleinsasser
Hutterville Magrath 1932 115 John J. Waldner
MacMillan Cayley 1937 84 Jacob J. Wipf
Miami New Dayton 1924 128 Peter P. Hofer
Milford Raymond 1918 95 John P. Wipf
New Dale Queenstown 1950 92 Samuel S. Decker
New Elm Spring Magrath 1918 85 John J. Entz
New Milford Winfred 1951 99 John J. Hofer
New Rockport New Dayton 1932 102 John J. Wipf
O. K. Colony Raymond 1934 153 Jacob J. Waldner
Old Elm Spring Magrath 1918 98 Andrew J. Wurz
Rockport Magrath 1918 125 John D. Hofer
Rooklake Wrentham 1935 115 John A. Gross
Rosedale Etzekom 1952 89 Michael M. Hofer
Spring Side Duchess 1955 100 Joseph J. Waldner
Sunnyside Warner 1935 135 Jacob M. Hofer
Total     2,131  
Lehrerleut Bruderhofs in Saskatchewan
Benck Shaunavan 1949 95 Jacob J. Wipf
Cypress Maple Creek 1950 50 Jacob J. Entz
Slade Tompkins 1952 80 Andrew A. Wipf
Total     225  
Lehrerleut Bruderhofs in Montana
Birch Creek Valier 1947 125 Jacob A. Waldner
Glacier Cut Bank 1950 115 Michael J. Entz
Hillside Sweet Grass 1950 129 Andrew A. Wurz
Miami Pendroy 1948 145 John P. Wipf
Milford Augusta 1945 150 Joseph Kleinsasser
Miller Ranch Choteau 1949 162 David D. Hofer
New Rockport Choteau 1948 90 Peter D. Hofer
Rockport Pendroy 1948 127 Joseph J. Waldner
Total     1,043  


Thus the 1957 total of Lehrerleut Bruderhofs was 31, with a total population of 3,400. The elder of the Lehrerleut in 1957 was Peter D. Hofer.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1957

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Bender, Harold S. "Lehrerleut." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 12 Apr 2024. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lehrerleut&oldid=164563.

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Bender, Harold S. (1957). Lehrerleut. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 12 April 2024, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lehrerleut&oldid=164563.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, pp. 315-316. All rights reserved.

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