Walter, Darius (1835-1903)

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Darius Walter (1835-1903), a Hutterite preacher, the founder of the Dariusleut kinship group, was born in South Russia, where he was chosen preacher in 1858. In 1860 he began to re-establish communal life after it had been discontinued among the Hutterites since 1818. This was achieved in the village of Hutterdorf in the Molotschna district; Jorg Hofer, also a preacher, immediately joined this new Bruderhof enterprise and the two men now successfully carried through the principle of community of goods against strong odds. When the great exodus from Russia began in 1874, Walter and Hofer led their group to America. Near Yankton, South Dakota, the farm Wolf Creek was bought in the same year, and the next spring communal life was started there again as it had been in Russia. Thus began what is now known as the Dariusleut, one of the three kinship groups of the Hutterites. Darius Walter died 21 July 1903, at the Wolf Creek Bruderhof, having been in office 45 years. Only one daughter survived him.


Zieglschmid, A. J. F. Das Klein-Geschichtsbuch der Hutterischen Brüder. Philadelphia, PA: Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, 1947.

Author(s) David Decker
Robert Friedmann
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 882. All rights reserved.

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