Zion Mennonite Brethren Church

Record Group CB509

Zion Mennonite Brethren Church (Dinuba, Cal.).

Records, 1913-1988.
4.9 linear ft.

Historical note

The Zion Krimmer Mennonite Brethren was organized in 1911 by several families from South Dakota who came to California under the leadership of Rev. John Z. Kleinsasser and settled on the Clark and Kennedy Ranch near Dinuba, California. The Zion congregation was the first--and only--Krimmer Mennonite Brethren congregation ever established in California. The nearest other KMB congregation was located in Kansas.

In 1960, the Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Conference merged with the Mennonite Brethren Conference. At that time the Zion congregation became known as the Zion Mennonite Brethren Church.

Zion achieved its highest membership in 1954, with 262 members. Membership dwindled after that time until by the late 1980s the congregation no longer was considered viable. Zion held its last worship service on August 28, 1988.

Scope and content note

Includes congregational meeting minutes (1913-1989), annual reports (1948-1987), yearbooks (1945-1954), annual statistical reports (1964-1988), church council minutes (1951-1989), other committee records (1949-1984), Jugendverein (Christian Endeavor) records (1911-1974), Sunday school record book (1925-1956), constitutions (1962-1980), historical accounts (1951-1975), personnel files (1979-1985), bulletins (1948-1988), treasurer's records (1925-1980), directories (1972-1987), membership and family records, cemetery records, and other records.

Language note

Most records before 1942 are in German script.

Restrictions on access

Personnel files are restricted.