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

Growth of This Pioneer Group

 
 
Growth of This Pioneer Group Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 5, 2011
1. Growth of This Pioneer Group Marker
Inscription.

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 by the Swiss-German (Volhynian) congregations of Sahorez, Horodisch, and Waldheim which settled in that region in 1874.

In time, many joined the West Zion Mennonite Church,
Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
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."
Acts 1:8
 
Erected 1974 by The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association. (Marker Number VI.)
 
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. 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
Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Swiss (Volhynian) Mennonite Memorial
Looking southwest
marker); Turkey Red Wheat (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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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 367 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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