Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony (Hutchinson County, South Dakota, USA)

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Wolf Creek, a Hutterite Bruderhof, located on the James River, Hutchinson County, South Dakota, some 40 miles northeast of the first Bruderhof at Bon Homme, was founded in the spring of 1875 by preachers George Hofer and Darius Walter, who were both chosen and confirmed in Russia. Preacher Michael Stahl, who was also chosen in Russia, was confirmed by Peter Wedel, the elder in Alexanderwohl in 1865, and died in the Tschetter commune (South Da­kota) in 1900. Elias Walter, Sr. was chosen preacher here in 1889. This was the mother Bruder­hof of the Dariusleut, one of the three Hut­terite kinship groups in America, named after Da­rius Walter. The group arrived in South Dakota 10 August 1874 and settled first at Silver Lake, where they wintered until they could occupy the 5,400-acre tract at Wolf Creek that they had purchased the previous summer. In 1930 the Bruderhof was sold and the Brethren founded the Wolf Creek Bruder­hof in Alberta, which in 1950 numbered 76 souls, with 35 baptized members.

The current Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony in Olivet, South Dakota, was founded in 1963 as a division from the Tschetter Hutterite Colony (Olivet, South Dakota, USA).

Daughter colonies of Wolf Creek include: Rustic Acres Hutterite Colony (Madison, South Dakota); and Spring Lake Hutterite Colony (Arlington, South Dakota).

In 2021 the Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony was a Schmiedeleut Group 2 colony.

Additional Information


Olivet, South Dakota (coordinates: 43.351111 -97.619722 [43˚ 21′ 04″ N, 97˚ 37′ 11″ W])


42906 Colony Road, Olivet, SD 57052-6601

Switchboard Phone


Managers and Ministers

Manager Minister Years
Paul Decker John Decker 1999
Paul Decker John Decker 2021

Author(s) David Decker
Bert Friesen
Date Published August 2021

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. "Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony (Hutchinson County, South Dakota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. August 2021. Web. 26 Sep 2021. https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wolf_Creek_Hutterite_Colony_(Hutchinson_County,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=172162.

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Decker, David and Bert Friesen. (August 2021). Wolf Creek Hutterite Colony (Hutchinson County, South Dakota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2021, from https://gameo.org/index.php?title=Wolf_Creek_Hutterite_Colony_(Hutchinson_County,_South_Dakota,_USA)&oldid=172162.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 970. All rights reserved.

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