Warkentin built a mill on the Arkansas River at Halstead and also conducted an agricultural experimental station, particularly to promote and select the hard Red Turkey Wheatwhich he imported from the Ukraine. In 1876 David Goerz established in Halstead the Western Publishing Company, where he published Zur Heimath. In 1882 the Halstead Seminary, which became the nucleus of Bethel College, was established. Peter Wiebe founded a lumber business in 1874. Numerous other Mennonite families of the Summerfield Mennonite Church settled in and around Halstead founding the Halstead First Mennonite Church on 28 March 1875. The Grace Mennonite Church (Church of God in Christ), a mile west of town, was founded in 1880. The first Mennonite relief agency, the Mennonite Board of Guardians(Fürsorgekomittee), of which David Goerz was secretary, had its headquarters in Halstead. For a while it seemed that Halstead would become the center of the Mennonite settlements in Kansas. Gradually, however, Newton won in popularity. Warkentin and Goerz moved their major interests to Newton. Later the town became noted for the Halstead Hospital and its founder, Dr. A. E. Hertzler, who was of Mennonite descent.
Blackmar, Frank W. Kansas . . . . I, Chicago, 1912: 802.
Krahn, Cornelius, ed. From the Steppes to the Prairies. Newton, 1949: 35 ff.
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