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1870: Mennonites in Eastern Europe are beginning to seek new homes in other parts of the world because government policies toward them are deteriorating.
(15 p78-82)

1873 May 19: The State of Kansas awards all of the odd-numbered sections of (current) Catlin Twp. to the Santa Fe Railroad as a small part of its compensation for completing its railroad to the west border of Kansas. (14)

1874 Emigration

1874 Aug 6: With collaboration from the Santa Fe Railroad (10), an emigration party under the leadership of Elder Jacob Stucky departs from Kotosufka in Volhynia (Ukraine) for new homes in the United States. (1)

1874 Aug 31: These immigrants arrive in New York on the S. S. City of Richmond. (2)

1874 Sep: In early September, about one month after leaving Russia, the Santa Fe brings these immigrants to Peabody, KS. (1)

Some of the men leave on foot to explore Marion, McPherson, and Harvey counties to find a suitable place for a community. After a tour of three weeks, they agree upon Mound and Turkey townships in McPherson Co. (3 p64)

Children Stricken with Measles

Upon their return to Peabody, the men learn that almost all of the children who have remained there have become ill, and some have died. (3 p64)

1874 Oct 3: "We learn that the measles has been quite prevalent and fatal among the Mennonite families who have lately arrived in Peabody. They brought the disease with them, and sixteen of their children are said to have died with it." (5)

Burial Site

1875 Jan: The Herald of Truth reports, "A correspondent from Peabody, Kansas writes, -- '... Bro. Stuckey's party buried about fourteen children here on Bro. H. Hornberger's farm. ...'" (4 p10)

This probably refers to the farm of Henry Hornberger on SW/4 of Sec. 17 of (current) Catlin Twp. of Marion Co., KS. In 1874 Henry Hornberger is under an installment contract to purchase this land from the Santa Fe Railroad. (17)

The Hornbergers had started a cemetery on the northwest corner of this land when they buried their daughter Anna Mary there after she died March 2, 1874. Elisabeth Evers died just a month later on April 5, and she was buried just a short way south of Anna.

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