Near Summerfield in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
In the 1840's the first families settled in this area, engaging in farming and business. Worship services were held in homes until they built a church south of Summerfield in 1858. This group helped organize the General Conference of the Mennonite Church of North America in 1860. Early Conference missionaries from this church were Samuel and Susan Hirschler Haury, Daniel and Katie Ruth Hirschler, Barbara Baer Voth and John B. Baer. Conference leaders buried here are Daniel Baer, Daniel Hege, Daniel Hirschler, Jacob E. Krehbiel, Jacob and Maria Leisy and David Ruth.
Some descendants of the early families remained, others migrated westward.
In 1910 the congregation moved to a church in Summerfield. They met there until 1983, then continued meeting in homes. Further records are in the Mennonite Library, North Newton, Kansas.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 38° 34.895′ N, 89° 45.138′ W. Marker is near Summerfield, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on Summerfield South Road (County Route 50) south of Oak Grove School Road, on the right when traveling south. Address is actually Trenton, Illinois. Marker is located at the north paved entrance of Summerfield Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9920 Summerfield South Rd, Summerfield IL 62289, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 2.6 miles away); Mermaid House Hotel (approx. 3.3 miles away); Helen Carolyn Dorothy Saegesser Church (approx. 3½ miles away); Leon Henry Church (approx. 3½ miles away); The Deneen Family (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Inspiration (approx. 4 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 224 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 19, 2022, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.