Trip Report: Peabody, KS 2011 May-Jun Next

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Donald I Good
2011 Jun 16



Day by Day. Use the calendar above.





This trip to Peabody has two main research goals.

1. The first is to continue my study of the Mennonite immigrants from Russia who arrived in the area in 1874.

- My main interest is the group that arrived in the US on Aug 31 on the S. S. City of Richmond under the leadership of Jacob Stucky. His web page tells what I know of their story. During Sep-Oct, they stayed about three weeks in Peabody, where about a dozen of their small children died. Although there is historical evidence that they are buried somewhere at the Catlin Community Cemetery, some questions remain.

This group goes on to the Moundridge area and eventually founds the Hopefield Mennonite Church. (1) It includes ancestors of my Peabody High School classmate Betty Stucky Oswald and sister-in-law Susan Joy Stucky Good.

- Another group arrived on the S. S. Nederland on Nov 27. Immigrants from this group founded the Grace Hill Mennonite Church near Whitewater, and it includes ancestors of Lea S. Schmidt Good and Edgar Henry.

- The third group arrived on the S. S. Vaderland on Dec 26 destined for Hutchinson. Instead, they spent the winter in Florence, where there is a monument at the Hillcrest Cemetery to those who died there. This group eventually founds the Lone Tree Church near Galva.

2. My second research goal is to make contact with the Gaiser family of Newton.

This trip also is an opportunity to visit with my brother Chuck and his family, the Peabody High School Class of 1961 and others, and the Muddy Creek Cousins.

This trip was filled with long days of many conversations with interesting people. Here are the highlights. Other details and pictures for each day follow.

City of Richmond Immigrants.

P. P. Wedel says this about these immigrants.

"The town [Peabody] had no cemetery at this time. A few miles north there was a place with a few graves. Since there was no other way of transportation, the bodies were carried there and buried." (1 p65)

With help from Carmen South, we verified that, strictly speaking, the city of Peabody did not have a cemetery in 1874 when these immigrants passed through.

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