Near Moundridge in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Growth of This Pioneer Group
Elder Jacob Stucky and Rev. Jacob D. Goering laid the foundation for orderly church life that centered in the Immigrant House and later in the Hopefield Church, Moundridge, Kansas. After some time the group began to disperse. Today, the following sister congregations share a common heritage:
First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge, Kansas -- originally located at the Village of Christian one mile south of Moundridge, 1875.
First Mennonite Church, Pretty Prairie, Kansas -- settled by families from South Dakota and McPherson County in 1884.
Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas -- 1895, today a large rural congregation.
Kingman Mennonite Church, Kingman, Kansas -- 1973, which grew out of the Bethany Mennonite Church, 1907, and Zion Mennonite Church, Kingman, 1929.
First Mennonite Church, Burns, Kansas -- 1944, a rural church in Marion County.
First Mennonite Church, McPherson, Kansas -- 1945, a rural-urban church.
Salem-Zion and Salem Mennonite Churches, Freeman, South Dakota -- were organized
In time, many joined the West Zion Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas; Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita, Kansas; and the First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, Kansas.
Today many Swiss-German (Volhynian) descendants are scattered and belong to various congregations, both Mennonite and non-Mennonite.
"And you shall be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the Earth."
Erected 1974 by The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Marker Number VI.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Peace • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1875.
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. The Challenge & Hope of the Future (here, next to this marker); Turkey Red WheatCentennial Memorial (here, next to this marker); Anabaptist - Mennonite Faith & Life (here, next to this marker); The Swiss (Yolhynian) Mennonites (here, next to this marker); Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial (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. Organization website. (Submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 512 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.