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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.
“At Home in Ellis County, Kansas 1867-1992.” Hays, KS: Ellis County Historical Society, 1991.
Photo taken by Mitch Weber, University photographer
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