Newton in Harvey County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The "Mennonite Settler," designed and sculpted by artist Max Nixon (1915-2000), was dedicated by the City of Newton September 10, 1942. Funding came from citizens of Newton, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Works Progress Administration (WPA).
Local wheat farmers often contributed to the fund by giving a few bushels from the fields at harvest time. The limestone sculpture represents a farmer standing in his wheat field. He holds his hat in his hands in a gesture of reverence. The tile mosaic has the message: Commemorating Entry into Kansas from Russia of Turkey Red Hard Winter Wheat by Mennonites 1874.
In 1997 the monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A thorough restoration was completed and the rededication took place on October 1, 2000.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
Location. 38° 2.769′ N, 97° 21.409′ W. Marker is in Newton, Kansas, in Harvey County. Marker is on Athletic Park Drive 0.1 miles north of Fischer Field (football stadium), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Monument is in Athletic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newton KS 67114, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Newton Carnegie Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); 1871 Water Well Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Railroad Savings and Loan Building (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bernhard Warkentin (approx. ¾ mile away); Unknown Dead of the Civil War (approx. 0.8 miles away); Coastal Defense Cannon (approx. 0.8 miles away); Santa Fe Steam Locomotive #1880 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newton.
More about this marker. Marker added in about 2000.
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Also see . . .
1. Mennonite Settler Statue National Register Nomination. (Submitted on March 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Athletic Park, Newton, Kansas. (Submitted on March 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Culture of Wheat in Kansas. (Submitted on March 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 420 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on March 13, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.