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Shafter CA
1914
N Dakota
1900
MBtoSDA
1881
S Dakota
1876
Kansas
1874
Russia
1820
Prussia
1760


These German speaking Mennonite immigrants from Russia formed Dakota Territory's
Brothersfield Mennonite Brethren congregation in 1877.

The Brothersfield Mennonite Brethren were fond of flashy clothing, a departure from past practice and troubling to many of the immigrants.

No doubt the Seventh-day Adventist proselytizers, already working in these new "Mission Fields at Home", were eager to recruit the new immigrants.

Adventist prosyletizer, and personal secretary to James White, Louis R Conradi was sent to Dakota Territory.

Mennonite Brethren Elder Heinrich Adrian wrote of the resulting conflicts within his Brothersfield congregation.

Additional, casual, reading on this subject:
"Nothing to Fear" DuPuy, Milltown Adventists, "MB History" Toews and "Germans in America" Conradi
As the Adventist homesteads became deeded property, about 1885-90, they began to sell, most moving north to Richville, North Dakota. The much reduced Mennonite Brethren transferred to nearby Silver Lake or moved to Waldheim, Canada where they formed the still active Bruderfeld congregation.