A Multi-Generational Legacy at Messiah College

The on-campus Brechbill House, where sisters Anna (Brechbill) Martin and Lois (Brechbill) Musser grew up. (Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives)

The Summer 2011 issue of Messiah College’s alumni magazine, The Bridge, features a charming story about two sisters and their deep roots in Messiah College.

Here’s a taste:

On the Messiah Academy and Bible College campus of the early 1900s, Brechbill House, a spacious two-story building located near Old Main along College Avenue, served as a residence to early College dignitaries and an occasional venue for student music lessons. For alumnae sisters Anna (Brechbill) Martin ’38 and Lois (Brechbill) Musser ’42, however, it was simply a home — a place of abiding faith and family bonds centered around the Christian college. While they grew up on campus, graduated from Messiah Junior College and met their spouses here, the sisters also forged a multi-generational at Messiah that today extends to their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Martin and Musser, both in their 90s, represent a unique bridge connecting the College’s earliest roots to its bold vision for the future.

Read the entire story here.

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2 Responses to A Multi-Generational Legacy at Messiah College

  1. Doris Heisey Crider says:

    This is indeed a charming story! I’ve always admired and respected Anna Martin. Her deep inner peace and the twinkle in her eyes at age 94, were still active during our recent conversation at age 94. As a grandmother,I have wondered how to pass this legacy to future generations, and then in August I was told that my son-in-law, at age 42, applied for admission to the College! Could this be within the definition of a “bold vision”?

  2. I can remember the Brechbill house–Abbie (Climenhaga) Brechbill was my great aunt, and I recall visiting them in the 1950s when we stayed with my grandparents, John and Emma Climenhaga, who lived nearby on campus.

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