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Near Moundridge in McPherson County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Turkey Red Wheat

1874 Centennial 1974

 
 
Turkey Red Wheat Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2011
1. Turkey Red Wheat Marker
Inscription.

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] thereof...."
Psalm 24:1
 
Erected 1974 by The Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Marker Number V.)
 
Location.
Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
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. Touch for map. Marker and memorial are on the grounds of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, about four miles WNW of Moundridge. Marker is in this post office area: Moundridge KS 67107, United States of America.
 
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.)
 
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Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
Looking southwest
Turkey Red Wheat Centennial Logo on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2011
4. Turkey Red Wheat Centennial Logo on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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