After raising this and other issues with the bishop at the time, they eventually felt that they had no choice but to separate from the main group. He was to serve in that position for many years, until his death on May 31, 1959.
Over the ensuing years, Bishop Dave, as he was called, faced several challenges, but none was to be as big as the upset within the church of the mid 1950s.
They were concerned about the usage of modern equipment like power tools among their parent church, and felt a need to remain as plain as their ancestors had been.
This historic moment in Mennonite history was not without its later challenges, and a 1974 division split the church down the middle, creating what are today two branches of the Orthodox Mennonites, the original Wellesley group, and the now much larger Orthodox Mennonite Church, Huron County. Martin (1873-1959), who as noted was the son of Minister David B.
Over the past 55 years' (as of 2017) existence of the Orthodox Mennonite churches, several descendants of David B.
Among the various leaders of this pious group, Menno Simons became so influential that other Anabaptist leaders started referring to his Dutch followers as Mennonites.
Over the course of time, historians have pored over the writings of this much maligned and misrepresented group of Christians.