Old Order Mennonites do not write many books so when they do it is worth paying attention. Urias Weber’s first book makes a significant contribution by providing details of the growth and expansion of new Old Order Mennonite communities in Ontario. Urias grew up in the established Waterloo district, where pioneering Mennonites have lived since the early 1800s and Old Orders were founded in the division of 1889. However, in 1968, the young Weber family was one of several founding families to begin a new Old Order community in Mount Forest. At the time, this was a contentious and risky venture, far from the mother community (about 65kms/40 miles). The concern about new communities was probably due in part to the history of the past seven decades, when virtually all Old Order communities in Ontario had become extinct except for the flourishing Waterloo district. [First paragraph]
Martin, Andrew C. 2019. "Review of: Weber, Urias. 2018. New Beginnings: A History of the Old Order Mennonites of Ontario. Wallenstein, ON: Vineyard Publications. Pp. 237, h/c." Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies 7(2):190-91.