Harper County (Kansas, USA)
Harper County, Kansas, is located in the south central part adjoining the Oklahoma line. It was organized in 1873, but its organization did not become legal until 1878. The county seat is Anthony. Being in the bread basket of the world, it ranks thirteenth in the value of wheat produced among Kansas counties. It is also adapted to diversified farming. Several nationally known dairy herds are found in the county.
Harper County is the home of three Mennonite congregations. Pleasant Valley (Mennonite Church) was organized in Pilot Knob Township in 1888. The Crystal Springs (Amish Mennonite) congregation was organized in Lake Township in 1904. The Mennonite Brethren in Christ (United Missionary Church) congregation in Harper Township was organized about 1890. The total membership of the three congregations is 339 (1953).
The chief trading centers of Harper County are Danville, Harper, Anthony, Crystal Springs, and Attica. Mennonites trade at all of these centers.
Yoder, Gideon G. "The Crystal Springs, Kansas, Community." Mennonite Community (June 1948).
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 666. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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