Near Moundridge in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Turkey Red Wheat
1874 Centennial 1974
The Mennonites brought Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat. The seeds were carefully selected, often kernel by kernel, frequently by grandparents and sometimes with the help of children. Many Mennonite families, here and in surrounding communities, managed amidst great difficulty to plant a few acres of this seed in the Fall of 1874.
In time, producing and milling hard winter wheat became a major source of wealth in Kansas. Consequently, the state is currently known as the "Bread Basket of the Nation." Today Turkey Hard Red Winter Wheat, although still available, survives largely as the parent of numerous improved varieties.
In addition to wheat, the Mennonites brought a wide variety of garden, flower, fruit, and field seeds including beets, beans, carrots, lettuce, peas, poppy seed, watermelon, apricot, peach, pear, oats, barley, rye, and others.
The Mennonites came mostly as tillers of the soil. They were honest, frugal, resourceful, industrious, and persevering. They helped turn the virgin prairie into productive farms and communities.
"The earth is the Lord's and the fulness [sic]
Erected 1974 by The Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Marker Number V.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1874.
Location. 38° 12.601′ N, 97° 35.278′ W. Marker is near Moundridge, Kansas, in McPherson County. Marker is on Aztec Lane, 0.2 miles east of 18th Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Marker and memorial are on the grounds of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, about four miles WNW of Moundridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moundridge KS 67107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial (here, next to this marker); The Swiss (Yolhynian) Mennonites (here, next to this marker); Anabaptist - Mennonite Faith & Life (here, next to this marker); Centennial Memorial (here, next to this marker); Growth of This Pioneer Group (here, next to this marker); The Challenge & Hope of the Future (here, next to this marker); English Oak (a few steps from this marker); Original Site of Hoffnungsfeld-Eden Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moundridge.
Also see . . . The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.