Meade County, Kansas. U.S. Census TIGER/Line map
Meade County, Kansas, is located in the semiarid area of southwestern Kansas
along the Oklahoma
border. It was not until the late 19th and early 20th centuries that this part of Kansas was transformed from prairie grazing land into tilled agricultural units. Mennonites from Jansen
), and Inman
, KS, were among the early settlers. The first two Mennonite families were those of Peter F. Rempel and Jacob B. Friesen, both from Nebraska
, who settled on homesteaded land approximately ten miles (16 km) south of Meade (pop. 1500) in 1906. In 1957 there were two Mennonite congregations in Meade County with a combined membership of 400. One congregation belonged to the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren
Conference and the other, the Emmanuel Mennonite Church
, was unaffiliated but was formerly a part of the Kleine Gemeinde. The family names of Bartel
, Ediger, Friesen, Isaac, Loewen, Rempel, Reimer, and Wiens predominated.
|| J. Winfield Fretz
| Date Published
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Fretz, J. Winfield. "Meade County (Kansas, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 1 Nov 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Meade_County_(Kansas,_USA)&oldid=92678.
Fretz, J. Winfield. (1957). Meade County (Kansas, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 November 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Meade_County_(Kansas,_USA)&oldid=92678.
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