Newton in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This Victorian house was built for Bernhard and Wilhelmina Warkentin in 1886-87. Bernhard was born in 1847 in the Mennonite village of Altonau, Ukraine. His father was a prominent miller. In 1872 he came to the U.S. to find new land. His letters home made him a leader of the Mennonite migration from Russia; about 5000 Mennonites came to Kansas. In 1875 he married Wilhelmina Eisenmayer, from a German Methodist family in Illinois. Her father was also a miller. In Kansas, Warkentin operated several mills and promoted wheat growing, especially "Turkey Red" hard winter wheat. His work helped make Kansas the "Bread Basket of the World." He died by accidental gunshot on a trip in the Holy Land in 1908. Wilhelmina lived here until her death in 1932. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 1998 by the Warkentin House Association and the Harvey County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 211 East 1st Street, Newton KS 67114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Newton Carnegie Library (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1871 Water Well Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. half a mile away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (approx. half a mile away); Coastal Defense Cannon (approx. half a mile away); Mennonite Settler (approx. ¾ mile away); Turkey Red Wheat (approx. 7½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
Also see . . .
1. About the Warkentins. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bernhard Warkentin Bio. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Warkentin House National Register Nomination. (Submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Downtown Historic Walking Tour of Newton. (Submitted on June 29, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 346 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 27, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.