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Homesteading in Rush County


The village of Schoental was on Eagle Creek, four and one-half miles north and one and one-half miles west of what later became the site of Otis. There are a Schoental, a Schoenfeldt, and a Shoendorf closely located together in Russia in the area from which those who settled around Otis came. Schoental was a predecessor of Otis that did not survive after the railroad attracted settlement to the south.

The Evangelical Trinity Lutheran congregation was founded in Schoental by forty-seven families on February 14, 1877. The village of Schoental began to fade away in 1886 as the farmers abandoned the European tradition and moved out of the village to live on their homesteads. Some of these same settlers later established businesses in Otis.

Rush County - Schoental map
Schoental Map  


Information from Judith Reynolds

Algrim, Gene, et al. Rush County Kansas...125 Years in Story & Pictures. LaCrosse: The Rush County News and Creative Printing, 2001.


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