Fonds F3627 - Anna M. Roloff fonds

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Anna M. Roloff fonds

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CA ON00340 F3627

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  • 1923 (Creation)
    Roloff, Anna M., 1878-1924

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Anna Margaret Roloff was born on August 11, 1878 in Bruce County to members of the Evangelical Association. At the age of sixteen, while attending a series of revival meetings she decided to consecrate her life to God. Because her father and brothers passed away when she was quite young, she remained at home until the age of 26 whence she had saved enough money from dressmaking to attend Bible Training School in Toronto. She applied to the Missionary Board but was not accepted whereupon she took another course at the Union Missionary Training Institute in Brooklyn, New York. She applied a second time and in 1908 was appointed as a missionary to China. She wasn’t able to leave right away because she was requested to spend one year at a hospital in Brooklyn for special training as a nurse. In late 1909 she sailed together with Miss Elizabeth Schempp of Germany, arriving at Shenchow, Hunan in February 1910.

In China she assisted in medical and evangelistic work and taught sewing at the Embroidery Industrial Mission. When Miss Schempp gave up her charge of the Industrial School in order to marry, Anna Roloff assumed responsibility and adapted herself well to the job. The school enabled Chinese women to earn their own income. She had served sixteen years in the mission field until ill health forced her to return to Canada. She died Hanover, Ontario in 1924.

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