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Homesteading in Norton County

Dunkard Colony

A Dunkard Colony was organized by a group of Dunkards after they came to the area from Iowa. A Dunkard Church was organized in May 1879 by a group of people from Maple Grove, Iowa. These settlers were German Baptists, and the church was known as the Maple Grove Church. There was a division in the congregation around 1890 which resulted in a "progressive" congregation known as the Brethren and the old line Dunkards, who later became known as the Church of the Brethren. The latter group built a new church 1 1/2 miles from the old church in 1893.


Bowers, D. N. Seventy Years in Norton County, Kansas, 1872-1942. The Norton County Champion,
Norton, Kansas, 1942.
Nicholson, John H. A History of Norton County, Kansas. Masters Thesis,
Colorado State College of Education, 1941.


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Monday,April 21 Forsyth will close at 10 pm because of no electricity

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Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
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   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
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   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099