Old Photos: Mennonite Settler Statue Dedication

Few photos from the dedication of the Mennonite Settler Statue in Newton,KS in 1942. Mennonites immigrated to Kansas from Ukraine in 1874 and are credited with helping to turn Kansas into the breadbasket of America and subsequently placing images of wheat on our license plates.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

© Time Inc. Gordon Coster.

  • Some how the statue looks kinda spooky to me…. love the old pix though… I ALWAYS waited for LIFE MAGAZINE to come….. loved pictures even then.

    • it’s amazing how many of these photos never got published, this set didn’t.

  • nuke718

    I too enjoy your photo posts, even if I don’t always comment.
    THIS time tho, I gotta say it looks like the statue is using his hat to hide a stone boner ( a stoner if you will).

  • Mischka

    My great and great-great grandparents were part of this Mennonite immigration wave(s) to Kansas – we’re having a family reunion in Newton next Saturday. Luckily, it’s the fun side of the family who doesn’t have church sermons as part of the reunion (ex-Mennonites, gotta love’em!), and don’t think I’m in jr. high. True story – last reunion (other side of the family) they handed me coloring books, crayons, and direct me to the children’s corner when I walked in the door.

    I’m in my early thirties. 0_o

    And yes, absolutely, I had a ball coloring. And my younger cousins now fear my mad skills in Yahtzee. As they damn well should.