Cayuga church

A Moment from Yesterday

June 19, 2019 | Opinion | Volume 23 Issue 13
Laureen Harder-Gissing |
Photo: James Reusser / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

From halfway across the world, a loyal MAID watcher noticed an error. This was not the Rainham church in 1965, as originally labelled by the photographer, but South Cayuga Mennonite Church, Dunnville, Ont. Comparing it to another photo of South Cayuga, he urged us to “look at the west end of this meetinghouse. Exact same porch, exact proportions, exact same pitch on the roof, and finally, the clincher is that there are 18 boards alongside the door. This . . . has to be . . . South Cayuga.” We agree, and made the change in the description. Mennonite archivists are always grateful for the strong dedication to place and story found in our Mennonite communities. 

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Further reading:
Namaka cutting wheat
Nipawin streetscape
Morden motorcycles
Harold Schmidt cook
Didsbury drawing

Photo: James Reusser / Mennonite Archives of Ontario

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Yes, indeed this is the South Cayuga Mennonite Church, in Ontario. I am glad that the correction has been made. I was baptized in that church in 1957. The addition on the left side of the building was added in the 1958-59. Today there is a cemetery and monument to mark the history of this congregation.

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