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Harry Emelius Stocker Papers




2012



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Creation: 05.04.2012
Language: English

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Title: Harry Emelius Stocker Papers
Dates: 1902-1925
Quantity: 2 boxes
Identification: PP StHE
Location: 158C
Language: GermanEnglish

The papers contain various sermons and sermon outlines both typed and handwritten, in both English and German. Also included in the collection are various lectures, essays, special addresses, prayers, and texts.


Harry Emelius Stocker (1876-1929) was born on March 19, 1876 in Nisky near Nazareth, Pa. He attended the parochial school of Nazareth, the local high school, and the State Normal School at East Stroudsburg. Stocker taught public school for three years before entering Moravian College and Theological Seminary in 1896. Stocker received his B.A. in 1900, and later received his B.D. in 1902. With the publication of his "History of the Moravian Mission among the Indians on the White River in Indiana" Stocker received his PhD. In 1902 Stocker was ordained a deacon at the Moravian Church in Schoeneck, by Bishop J. Mortimer Levering. Then in 1904 again by Levering as a Presbyter in Northfield, Minn. Stocker married Alice Belle Stratton of Fargo, North Dakota, in 1904. Together they had a son, Arthur. Stocker served as a pastor in Northfield, Minn. from 1902-1908, at the German church in West Salem, Ill. between 1908-1911; from 1911-1919 in South Bethlehem; and finally at the First Moravian Church in New York City from 1919-1929. Stocker held various other positions: Moravian representative to the Administrative Committee of the Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America; Chairman of the Moravian Country Church Commission; Executive Secretary of the American Society in aid of Moravian Missions; President of the First Christ Endeavor Union of the East District of the Moravian Church in America; for a time he was the president of the Moravian College alumni association.

Stocker has various published works in addition to that aforementioned: "A History of the Moravian Church in New York City," "A Home Mission History of the Moravian Church in the United States, and Canada," and "Moravian Customs and other Matters of Interest." It was August of 1929 on a trip to Yellowstone that Harry E. Stocker suffered from what at the time was thought to be ptomaine poisoning. Although he recovered, he never fully regained his strength and on December 23, 1929, he underwent brain surgery to remove a brain tumor. Three days later on December 26, 1929, Stocker passed away.


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