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Goessel, Kansas, is a town (1955 pop. 261; 2000 pop. 565) located in east-central Kansas in the southwestern part of Marion County. In the mid-20th century approximately 2,000 Mennonites lived in the shopping area. In or near Goessel were six Mennonite congregations: three General Conference Mennonite churches—Alexanderwohl, Tabor, and Goessel (the latter was in the town); the Spring Valley Mennonite Church (Mennonite Church), the Springfield Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church, and the Meridian Church of God in Christ Mennonite Church. Mennonites have lived in the region since the establishment of the first immigrant house in 1874. Other Mennonite institutions in the town in 1950 included the 26-bed Bethesda Hospital (closed in 1983) and the then 27-bed Bethesda Home for the Aged. A unique situation also existed in the town's Class A public high school in that during most years in the 1950s the enrollment of slightly over 100 was entirely Mennonite.


Author(s) J. Willard Linscheid
Date Published 1956


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Linscheid, J. Willard. "Goessel (Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 1 Sep 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Goessel_(Kansas,_USA)&oldid=81245.

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Linscheid, J. Willard. (1956). Goessel (Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 September 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Goessel_(Kansas,_USA)&oldid=81245.




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