Watonwan County, Minnesota U.S. Census TIGER/Line map
Watonwan County is located in the southern part of Minnesota
. It is the fourth county east of the South Dakota
line in the second tier of counties above the Iowa
border. Most of the Mennonites are found in the western and northwestern parts of the county. Four hundred Mennonites, members of seven congregations, five of which are, however, centered in Cottonwood County
, live in Watonwan County. The Mennonite settlement extends solidly westward into Cottonwood County, with a few living in surrounding counties. There are 403 General Conference Mennonite
(GCM), seven Evangelical Mennonite Brethren
(EMB), and four Mennonite Brethren
(MB) members living in Watonwan County. The first Russian Mennonites in the county settled in Butterfield Township in 1875; the first Galician
Mennonites came in 1881. The two Mennonite churches in Watonwan County are the Mennonite Church (GCM) of Butterfield
and the First Mennonite Church
(GCM) north of Butterfield
. There are no other Mennonite institutions in the county.
|| Willis Linscheid
| Date Published
 Cite This Article
Linscheid, Willis. "Watonwan County (Minnesota, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 1 Oct 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Watonwan_County_(Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=93871.
Linscheid, Willis. (1959). Watonwan County (Minnesota, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 1 October 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Watonwan_County_(Minnesota,_USA)&oldid=93871.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia
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