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Homesteading in Osborne County

Rose Valley

In 1871 and 1872 five families from the town of Seewis, Switzerland settled along Twelve Mile and Dry Creeks in what is now Ross Township in northeastern Osborne County. Over the years others joined them and what became known as the Rose Valley community came into being. With such names as Baertsch, Huiting, Maier, Monstein, Senti, Stutheit, Sutter, and Yost, these German-speaking Swiss still have many descendants in the region. A number of those early settlers became famous through their inclusion in John Ise's classic Kansas novel Sod & Stubble, set in the area and first published in 1936.

The Rose Valley Church began as part of the Evangelical faith, with services being held in both German and English. After World War I the services were held in English. Today the Rose Valley United Methodist Church still holds services and preserves the legacy of the community.


Information from Von Rothenberger 


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