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Homesteading in Ellis County


The town site for Vincent was planned and platted in 1910 after St. Boniface Church was established in 1907. Parishioners of St. Fidelis Church in Victoria wanted a parish closer to their farm homes southeast of town, so they built a church about 7 miles southeast of Victoria.

The town never materialized, although a school was built and a grocery store was moved there from Pfeifer. The town site was named after the first parish priest, Fr. Vincent Brandt, who moved from there in 1909.

Fr. Callistus Ractenwald served at St. Boniface for over 52 years. During that time, he handcrafted items for a display of Bethlehem which is still assembled each year by nearby families at Christmastime.

Ellis County - St. Boniface Church 


“At Home in Ellis County, Kansas 1867-1992.” Hays, KS: Ellis County Historical Society, 1991.

Photo taken by Mitch Weber, University photographer  


Hours and Contacts

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

Spring Hours:
Sun:             1:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon-Thurs: 7:30 am - 2:00 am
Friday:         7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat:            10:00 am - 5:00 pm

For current month(s) and detailed information, please select desired month under announcements (below).

Phone: 785.628.4434
Fax: 785.628.4096
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Mailing Address:
   Forsyth Library
   600 Park Street
   Hays, KS 67601
Physical Address:

   502 South Campus Drive
   Hays, KS 67601-4099