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Corn, Oklahoma, located in the northeast corner of Washita County, owes its start to the Mennonite Church (General Conference Mennonite), built that the growing number of Mennonite members might have a common place to worship.

In 1894 Peter Bergman donated part of his land for a Mennonite church. A sod church was built, a dugout with a low sloping roof and sides made of sod. Benches were made of cottonwood from local trees.

The name Korn, as it was spelled originally, was given to the town by a government agent who came out to select a site for a post office. Because a patch of corn was located in the vicinity, the town was named Korn. During World War I the spelling was changed to Corn, and has remained that way to this day.

Corn was the center for four Mennonite communities in the mid-1950s, of which two were Mennonite Brethren and two General Conference Mennonite. Wheat-raising was the major industry, though along the Washita River, four miles to the west, feed and cotton were grown extensively. Corn has a public school and high school, and also the Corn Bible Academy under the auspices of the Mennonite Brethren Church.


Author(s) Henry Hege
Date Published 1953


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Hege, Henry. "Corn (Oklahoma, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1953. Web. 19 Dec 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Corn_(Oklahoma,_USA)&oldid=79886.

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Hege, Henry. (1953). Corn (Oklahoma, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 19 December 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Corn_(Oklahoma,_USA)&oldid=79886.




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