Silberfeld Sunday School and Church
submitted by Margaret Hildebrand
A very important step in the growth of the Silberfeld School District
was taken when two God fearing men, Mr. P.J. Warkentin and Mr. D.D. Epp,
recognized the need for a spiritual education as well as a secular education.
Shortly after the school was built in 1912 these men organized a Sunday
School and a worship service. These were held in the school building.
Visiting ministers came from Eigenheim, Laird, Hepburn and Waldheim.
Silberfeld Ladies Aid
By 1919 these services were "adopted" by the Eigenheim Church
and the ministers from Eigenhelm served regularly. Rev. Johann Dyck, Rev.
Jacob Klaassen, Rev. G.G. Epp and Rev. H.T. Klaassen took turns in coming
to the services. All services were conducted in the German language.
A ''Jugendverein'' was organized and held every third Sunday night. The
school was always packed for these evenings since neighboring districts
participated as well. Special speakers were invited to come and present
the messages for these evenings.
Sometime later Edward Ratzlaff moved into the district and he started
a choir. This turned out to be quite successful. in this school building,
funeral services were conducted. Burial took place in the cemetery about
a mile from school. A Ladies' Aid was organized in 1921. Mrs. Sarah Andres,
Mrs. Mary Epp, Mrs. Margaretha Epp, Mrs. Gertrude Dueck and Mrs. Anna
Giesbrecht were the five charter members. In a few years this number grew
Frequently a series of evangelistic services were held in the school.
The building was usually filled to capacity and many lives were committed
to God as a result of these meetings.
Silberfeld Cemetery - Rosenort Mennoite Church of Saskatchewan
Editors notes (editor being Alvin Mierau, host of this web site, Saskatoon
In the Rosthern Historical Book there is one page devoted to a layout
of the cemetery. The top left is plot 1. Then proceeding down is plot
two, plot 3, and so forth. We have no way of knowing what plot #1 means.
Many of the plots have questions marks meaning there is an interment we
assume, but unknown.
We have typed the data just as it was originally published.
Name of R.M.: Laird No.: 404
Name of Cemetery: Silberfeld
Name of Community: Waldheim
Name of Denomination: Mennonite
Condition of Cemetery: Well cared for
Ownership of Cemetery:??
Approximate number of burials: 54 marked graves and 11 unmarked.
Legal Land Location: SE 1-42-5, W3rd
Date: Updated in February 2004
Contact: Errol Hildebrand Phone: 945-4906
Address: Box 105, Waldheim, SK. S0K 4R0