Ministers of the Eastern District of the General Conference Mennonite Church, during a conference session at the Springfield meetinghouse near Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in 1898. While the Eastern District never printed rules for attire, ministers wore distinct garb into the late nineteenth century. Picture from left to right are Levi Schimmel, Silas Grubb, Harvey Clymer, Augustus Shuhart (layman), Jacob Moyer, Andrew Shelly, Anthony Shelly, William Gottshall, Allen Fretz, and Nathaniel Grubb.
Forrest Moyer Moyer, Archivist, Mennonite Heritage Center
I was under the impression that Springfield had both Eastern District and Franconia joint affiliation. Somewhere I heard that Dad was involved when the separation from Franconia finally happened. I need to read up more on this. Maybe this was only the Eastern District representatives. That Jacob Moyer in the picture–was he a bishop? E. Beidler