New book examines ‘iconic’ status of Rockport Hutterite Colony

March 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm in The Daily Republic

Author Joanita Kant titled her book “Gentle People,” but it’s a violent incident that made a Mitchell-area Hutterite colony famous.

Two brothers who grew up on and lived at the Rockport Colony about 15 miles southeast of Mitchell were imprisoned by the American government and tortured for their beliefs during World War I. They died due to the harsh treatment, and Hutterites everywhere know the story, according to Kant. Continue Reading