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Bloomington, Illinois, is a city of over 33,000 population in 1953 (almost 75,000 in 2006) located in McLean County in the heart of the Illinois corn belt. Most of the Mennonites living in the area in the 1950s were farmers and members of the Central Conference and the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, with churches in Normal, Meadows, Flanagan, Danvers, and Carlock. Mennonite institutions of the area included the Mennonite Hospital at Bloomington, the Old People's Home at Meadows, and the Salem Children's Orphanage at Flanagan.


Weaver, William B. History of the Central Conference Mennonite Church. Danvers, IL: The Author, 1926.


Map:Bloomington (Illinois)

Author(s) L. E Troyer
Date Published 1953

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Troyer, L. E. "Bloomington (Illinois, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 29 Mar 2017.,_USA)&oldid=91156.

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Troyer, L. E. (1953). Bloomington (Illinois, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 29 March 2017, from,_USA)&oldid=91156.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Kitchener, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 365. All rights reserved.

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