Metzler, Abram (1854-1918)

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Abram Metzler, b. 25 June 1854 in Mahoning County, Ohio, the 12th child of the John Metzler family. He married Catherine Culp on 2 October 1875; they had four children.

Abram Metzler was a progressive worker in the Mennonite Church (MC), being especially interested in Sunday-school work and in the young people's Bible meetings. In November 1899 he was chosen as superintendent of the Mennonite Orphans' Home at Smithville, Ohio. A few months later the home was removed to West Liberty, Ohio, and he accompanied the children to the new location. It was he who succeeded in establishing the children's home at West Liberty financially and in every other way. He wrote articles and poems for the Herald of Truth, and juvenile stories for the Beams of Light and the Words of Cheer. He resigned in 1917 because of a breakdown in health and died 27 October 1918, during the influenza epidemic.


Umble, John. Mennonite Pioneers: Biographical Sketches of Some of the Leading Men and Women in the Mennonite Church Who Have Served in the Institutions of the Church in the Home Land. Elkhart, IN: Mission Study Course Committee of the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, 1940: 21-38.

Author(s) John C Wenger
Date Published 1957

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 659. All rights reserved.

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