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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.
The county was organized by the Kansas Legislature in 1872 and was named for Major General Jesse Reno who had been stationed at Fort Leavenworth. Reno was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg. The town of Hutchinson was named the county seat.
The Mennonites came to Reno County in 1874 only to find a land of grasshopper-infested crops; they decided to not settle there and went east a little ways to Harvey County and made their homes in the Newton and Florence areas. However, some Mennonites returned to Reno County about 10 years later and were able to set up farms in the southern and northeastern sections of the county. Using the hard Red Turkey wheat they brought with them from Russia, the Mennonites established a long-standing farming tradition for the state of Kansas.
Stucky, Tim. "Reno County: The Early Years." North Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1985.
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