Hochstadt, Man., near Altona was the location of the first delegate meeting of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada (CMC) in 1903. A cairn was unveiled in July 1978 at that location to mark the 75th anniversary. On the left is Peter J. Hamm, but who is the man with the beard on the right? The text on the cairn cites Deuteronomy 8:18: “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Reporter Dave Kroeker commented in the July 24, 1978, Mennonite Reporter that 1978 was the first year the Conference’s budget was more than $1 million. The CMC is now part of Mennonite Church Canada.
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