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John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park

 
 
John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 3, 2014
1. John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park Marker
Inscription.  In 1879 John Jacob Krehbiel (1838-1921), his wife Anna Leisy Krehbiel (1845-1923) and their children came to Newton from Denmark, Iowa. With George L. Epps, he purchased the Angood Blacksmith Shop at 128 E. 6th. In 1883 Krehbiel bought the business and constructed a carriage factory. He was a skilled wagon maker and wheel-wright having exercised that trade during the Civil War for the Union Army. Krehbiel was a co-founder of Bethel College and served on its first board of directors as president, a position he held for 20 years. Krehbiel became a major philanthropist giving liberal contributions to Bethel College and Bethel Deaconess Hospital. The family home was east of the factory and was surrounded by the fence that is presently enclosing the park. Krehbiel descendants and local citizens, under the leadership of the Newton Fine Arts Association, have financed this park, restored the two original buildings and the iron fence.
 
Erected 1996 by Harvey County Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas
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Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kansas, Harvey County Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
 
Location. 38° 2.927′ N, 97° 20.602′ W. Marker is in Newton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is at the intersection of East 6th Street and North Oak Street, on the left when traveling east on East 6th Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newton KS 67114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Unknown Dead of the Civil War (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Masonic Lodge (about 500 feet away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (about 600 feet away); Midland National Bank (about 600 feet away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (about 600 feet away); Anderson Book and Office Supply (about 600 feet away); Coastal Defense Cannon (about 700 feet away); Ragsdale Opera House (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
 
Original buildings image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 3, 2014
2. Original buildings
John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, April 3, 2014
3. John Jacob Krehbiel Memorial Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 6, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.

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