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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Goessel in Marion County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

The Mennonites in Kansas

The Mennonites in Kansas Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
1. The Mennonites in Kansas Marker

Beginning in 1874, hundreds of peace-loving Mennonite immigrants settled in central Kansas. They had left their former homes in Russia because a hundred-year-old immunity from established religious orthodoxy and military service was being threatened.

The Alexanderwohl community, so named because of a solicitous visit by Czar Alexander I with Prussian Mennonites in 1821, had lived happily in southern Russia for more than 50 years before coming to America. Originating in the Netherlands in the 16th century, the community moved to Prussia in the 17th century and later to Russia, always seeking freedom from intolerance and persecution. Their decision to come to America and Kansas, where they chose lands in Marion, Harvey, McPherson and other nearby counties, was due largely to the efforts of the Santa Fe railroad's foreign immigration department. With them they brought the hard winter wheat which has since helped make Kansas the breadbasket of the world.

The Alexanderwohl church is typical of many Mennonite congregations in this part of Kansas. Today these religious folk prosper in a modern world while retaining their original philosophy of freedom and manner of worship.
Immigrant Family Heads - 1874


Heinrich Dahl Peter
Immigrant Family Heads - 1874 Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
2. Immigrant Family Heads - 1874 Marker
Eitzen Heinrich Franzen Rev Heinrich Goertz Jacob Pankrantz Peter Pankrantz David Unruh Rev Cornelius Wedel Rev Peter A. Wiebe

Cornelius Richert Jacob Schmidt Peter Schmidt Sr Peter H Schmidt Peter Unruh Cornelius Voth David Voth

Rev Heinrich Banman Johann Banman Jacob Brandt Heinrich Buller Jacob Krause Abraham Reimer Andreas Schmidt Mrs Heinrich Voth

Rev Peter Balzer Franz Banman Benjamin Boese Heinrich Dirksen Cornelius Franz David Franz Jacob Franz Mrs Aaron Reimer Rev Heinrich Richert David Schmidt Heinrich Schmidt Jacob Schmidt Sr Jacob E Schmidt Johann Schmidt Heinrich Schroeder Johann Schroeder Peter Unruh Benjamin Wedel Cornelius Wedel Mrs-Rev Peter Wedel

David Balzer Mrs David Buller Mrs David Goertz Franz Goertz Heinrich Goertz Johann Klassen Heinrich A Schmidt Jacob Schmidt Peter Schroeder Jacob Schultz Heinrich Somerfeld Johann Thiessen David Voth Rev Peter Voth Peter Wedel

Rev Jacob Buller Johann Buller Peter Buller Peter Franz Heinrich Ratzlaff Peter Richert Sr Peter Richert Jr Jacob Schmidt Peter H Schmidt

Abraham Boese Johann Flaming Heinrich Goertzen
The Mennonites in Kansas Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
3. The Mennonites in Kansas Marker
Looking north, with Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church in distance
Johann Janzen Cornelius Koehn Johann Koehn Heinrich Koehn David Lehrman Heinrich Pankratz David Schmidt Heinrich Unruh Johann Unruh Johann Voth Johann C Voth Peter Warkentin

Peter Balzer Benjamin Frey Jacob Frey Heinrich Goertz Sr Heinrich Goertz Jr Peter Hiebert Sr Peter P Hiebert Abraham Konrath Andreas Schmidt David Schmidt Heinrich Schmidt Jacob Schmidt Jacob Schmidt Jacob Thiessen Heinrich Unruh Jacob Unruh Jacob Voth
Erected by Kansas Historical Society & State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 31.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 15.672′ N, 97° 20.073′ W. Marker is near Goessel, Kansas, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Bison Road (State Highway 15) and 130th Street on Bison Road. Click for map. Marker is at a roadside pullout just south of Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1304 North Kansas Highway 15, Goessel KS 67053, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Banman Wheat Threshing Stone (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Trails
Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Photo, Click for full size
By William Fischer, Jr., November 12, 2011
4. Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church
(approx. 6.5 miles away); Alexanderfeld Village (approx. 7.8 miles away); Frantz L. Groening (approx. 7.9 miles away); Santa Fe and Chisholm Trails (approx. 8.3 miles away); Hillsboro Airport (approx. 8.8 miles away); A Place of Meditation (approx. 9 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 9 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church History. (Submitted on November 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Kansas (USA) in Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. (Submitted on November 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. "The Mennonites Arrive in Kansas," from The Migration of the German-Russians to Kansas. (Submitted on November 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. From Russia with Wheat: The Kansas Mennonites. (Submitted on November 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 1,127 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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