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1943 Memorial Marker

Located on the SW corner of the Church Quarter, which is near the intersection of county roads 451 (Arrowhead Road) and 319 () in McPherson county KS. This is:

IN MEMORY OF THE SWISS MENNONITE CONGREGATION

OF KOTOSUFKA, VOLHYNIA, RUSSIA WHOSE MEMBERS LEFT RUSSIA IN SEARCH OF RELIGIOUS LIBERTY. SIXTY-TWO FAMILIES SAILING ON THE "CITY OF RICHMOND", LANDING IN NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 3, 1874 AND IN OCTOBER ARRIVING ON THIS QUARTER SECTION S.W. QUARTER SEC. 19-21-2W WHICH WAS DONATED BY THE SANTA FE RAILROAD COMPANY FOR CHURCH PURPOSES, AND WITH A FEW MORE FAMILIES ARRIVING LATER SETTLED THIS NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND IN GRATITUDE

TO THEM AND TO OUR BELOVED COUNTRY THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WHICH GRACIOUSLY GRANTED THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY SOUGHT, AND TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER TO WHOM WE GIVE ALL THE HONOR.

THEIR DESCENDANTS ERECTED THIS MONUMENT

OCTOBER 1943

EVERY ONE THAT HATH FORSAKEN HOUSES, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR ' MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS FOR MY NAME'S SAKE, SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD, AND SHALL INHERIT EVER- LASTING LIFE.

MATTHEW 19,29


Family names of the original immigrants as they appear on the back of the memorial marker:

ALBRECHT
DIRKS
FLICKNER
GOERING
GRABER
KAUFMAN
KREHBIEL
NACHTIGAL
SCHRAG
SCHROEDER
SCHWARTZ
STRAUSZ
STUCKY
SUTTER
VORAN
WALTNER
WEDEL
ZERGER

 

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