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This edition was published in by Kindred Productions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA and Hillsboro, Kansas, USA.

Written in English

191 pages

The hardscrabble western plains of Oklahoma were an unkind place. Barren lands, oppressive heat, unrelenting winds awaited those who would settle there. It was here the Comanche Indians were "placed" by the U.S. government.

Into this reservation setting in 1902 stepped a unique couple, Abraham and Magdalena Becker. German-Russian Mennonites with little more than their tenacious, loving spirit to nourish them, the Beckers would become special friends to the Comanches. Stewards of Post Oak Mission, established by the Mennonite Brethren, they shaped a meaningful life of service among these former hunters and warriors. Magdalena Becker emerged as the key figure in the development of this mission into, arguably, the most successful one in western Oklahoma.

This study not only provides a thorough account of the evolution of a successful mission among Plains Indians, but also represents a revealing picture of a tribal people coming to terms with the twentieth-century realities of the American West.

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The hardscrabble western plains of Oklahoma were an unkind place. Barren lands, oppressive heat, unrelenting winds awaited those who would settle there. It was here the Comanche Indians were "placed" by the U.S. government.

Into this reservation setting in 1902 stepped a unique couple, Abraham and Magdalena Becker. German-Russian Mennonites with little more than their tenacious, loving spirit to nourish them, the Beckers would become special friends to the Comanches. Stewards of Post Oak Mission, established by the Mennonite Brethren, they shaped a meaningful life of service among these former hunters and warriors. Magdalena Becker emerged as the key figure in the development of this mission into, arguably, the most successful one in western Oklahoma.

This study not only provides a thorough account of the evolution of a successful mission among Plains Indians, but also represents a revealing picture of a tribal people coming to terms with the twentieth-century realities of the American West.

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Comanches and Mennonites on the Oklahoma Plains

This edition was published in by Kindred Productions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA and Hillsboro, Kansas, USA.


Table of Contents

Foreword by William T. Hagen iii
Preface v
Prologue ix
1. The Search for a Mission 1
2. "Here Build Jesus House" 11
3. Laying the Foundation: The Early Kohfeld Years 17
4. Missionary Assistant and Field Matron: The Beckers' Ministry Begins 25
5. Building an Indian Church and Community 39
6. Quanah Parker and the Mennonites 55
7. Expansion of the Civilization and Christianization Program 65
8. Field Matron Activities 77
9. Hard Times and Good Times: The 20s and 30s 83
10. The Loss of "Mother" Becker 91
11. Change and Transition, 1938–1949 99
12. The End of the Becker Era 113
13. Post Oak Under Fire: The Fort Sill Expansion Controversy 119
14. The End of the Post Oak "Foreign" Mission Era 127
15. The Legacy 137
Epilogue 147
Endnotes 149
Bibliography 163
Index 169

Edition Notes

Series
Perspectives on Mennonite Life and Thought, No. 12
Copyright Date
1997

Classifications

Library of Congress
BX8143.B39 K76 1997

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Open Library
OL25773335M
Internet Archive
ComanchesAndMennonitesOnTheOklahomaPlainsOCRopt
ISBN 10
0921788428
LC Control Number
98108053
OCLC/WorldCat
36992624

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